When you start looking at various types of natural stone worktops, you’ll need to make sure that you prepare your cabinets properly. There are a few aspects of preparation that will need to be addressed before you place the new work surface in place.
The first thing you will need to do is inspect your cabinets from top to bottom. If you notice any swelling or damage, you might be better off replacing the cabinets as well. Your cabinets need to be in excellent condition if they are to support the weight of natural stone.
Check your cabinets to make sure that they are level. Uneven cabinets can cause the stone worktops to buckle and maybe even crack. The same can be said for flimsy cabinets. Stone weighs more than stainless steel and wood. This means that you have to ensure that your cabinets are strong enough to withstand the weight. Remember, it’s not just about holding the weight for five minutes but for years! If your cabinets are not resting directly on the floor and they have legs, you will also need to test the strength of these legs in order to make sure that they can hold up their end of the bargain.
Once you have established the strength of the cabinets, you can either proceed with the stone installation, replace the cabinets, or reinforce your current cabinets, depending on your personal needs.