Granite worktops are known for their durability as well as their somewhat higher price tag. For this reason, some homeowners choose to pay more for the worktops and perform the installation themselves. When it comes to granite, it’s important to perform a proper installation. Anything sub standard could leave you with less than desirable results!
The first tip is to make sure that you set a realistic budget for the worktops and make sure that you measure all of your fixtures properly. All measurements are crucial for that perfect fit! You should also have all of your fixtures on hand before you begin the installation. In fact, if you are planning on buying a new sink, for example, you should buy it before placing your granite order.
Get at least one other person to help you perform the installation. Even if they have no idea what they are doing, they can at least help you lift the weight so that you don’t do your back in! Granite is heavy and, the bigger the slab, the more it will weigh. Be prepared for this by getting help!
Make sure that your cabinets are cleared out, the old worktop is removed, and that any necessary reinforcement has been completed before you place something as heavy as granite on top. Ask your stone provider for any other products like a suitable sealant that you can apply after the installation is complete.
Remember, the DIY approach can help you save money but sometimes spending a bit extra on a professional installation can really pay off!