Steps involved in a countertop installation

2008-11-26
1.Sketch the countertops allowing for overhang on top of the cabinets. Include backsplashes and any cutout dimension. In addition, choose a finished edge for any visible edge of the countertop and backsplash.. When sketching the countertops, take into account that the size availability of the slabs is approximately 102" x 62". Therefore, location of the seams is an important consideration.
2.With a sketch and material alternative, contact a few stone fabricators and ask them for a quote and delivery time. The quote should include prices for templates, fabrication, and installation.
3.Fabrication shops will require approximately 50% deposit to start the job. Before giving any payment, the customer should approve the material. When inspecting the material, one should consider variation, small imperfections in the stone, and particular markings on slabs. If there are concerns regarding the stone, the customer should try to see the actual stone to be used for their project. The customer should also know that stone is a
natural material, so it has unique characteristics that cannot be changed.
4.Fabricators or installers will fabricate templates. In order to be able to make accurate templates, cabinets should already be installed and fixed. Accessories such as
sinks, cook tops, faucets, dishwasher screws, and any other related hardware should be purchased and at the job site location prior to beginning templates.
5.Fabricators will cut the stone and finish the edges as per order. Any changes may result in extra charges. Good seams and edges are an important consideration when looking at the craftsmanship and quality of a project. If the stone is going to be installed already polished, all the edges of the tiles should be beveled to allow the installer a small margin of error during the installation
6.The fabricator and installer will deliver the stone and install it at the job site. Usually, fabricators and installers require payment, (in full), upon satisfactory installation.

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