So you are ready to go upgrade your kitchen countertops, but are not sure what’s next. The following guide will help you understand the entire kitchen countertops remodeling process you will know what to expect.Once you have contacted Custom Granite Solutions to get your free in-home estimate, we will measure your countertops space, ask you about the type and color of natural stone you want for your kitchen, and ask you to select a type of countertop edges. Once we have this information, we will be able to provide you with an estimate for the project. Once you accept our estimate, we will ask you to come and select a natural stone slab from which your kitchen countertops will be fabricated.
Creating a template for your kitchen countertops
Custom Granite Solutions will set up an agreeable time with you so a template of your kitchen cabinets can be created. In order to expedite the process of creating a template for your kitchen countertops, it is important that you remove before hand everything from your kitchen countertops’ surface before we arrive at your home. Depending on your remodeling project, templates can take up to a couple of hours to create. All sinks, faucets and cook tops will be check for compatibility and fit. If you plan to have a new faucet or sink installed, be sure to have everything on hand. Kitchen cabinets are reviewed for any adjustments required. Overhang, general support and any other personal preferences you may have will discussed during the process of creating the template. We also discuss with you seams location on your natural stone kitchen countertops. As a rule, the fewer the seams, the better. During the template creation process, Custom Granite Solutions will determine if specialized tooling will be required for the sink and range cutouts. All electrical outlets, sink, and faucets will be noted. The thickness of natural stone kitchen countertops will be 3 centimeters.
Fabricating your natural stone kitchen countertops
Once the template is complete and you have selected a natural stone slab from which your kitchen countertops will be fabricated, we will ask you final approval on everything to make sure everything is exactly what you want. Prior to starting the fabrication of your kitchen countertops, we will ask you final approval on the natural stone slab. encourage you to approve your slabs. The slab of natural stone you selected will be precisely cut with a diamond tip saw to fit the templates. The jointing seams will be sealed and the edge will be treated to create a smooth, attractive area. Please note that if you select a natural stone coloring that is not in stock, it may take up to two weeks lead time before we can start fabrication of your kitchen countertops.
If your remodeling project requires that we tear out and remove your existing countertops, we will do so at time of installation. Please note that removal and disposal of your hold countertops is already included in the free estimate we give. All your plumbing will be disconnected at time of tear out. During the installation process, your undermount sink, will be mounted under your natural stone kitchen countertops. We ask that you please do not use the sink in any way for at least 12 hours prior to the installation of your new kitchen countertops. We also ask that you please clear your kitchen countertops of any objects that might get in the way of the installation prior to Custom Granite Solutions coming to your home. Natural stone countertops are heavy and a clear path to the kitchen area must be created to facilitate the access. The installation process can take the better part of a day and can require some final cutouts to be made in your home. Please keep in mind that this is a major remodeling job, there may be some residual dust over the next couple of days, be sure to check items left in cabinets. We recommend the drawers be removed. Items under cooktop and sink cabinet must be removed to allow access. Some dust can result even though our installers are equipped to catch the majority of it. Granite, if not resin coated, is sealed at time of installation.
Keeping your granite countertops clean and lustrous is easy. With minimum maintenance, your countertop will stay as beautiful as the first day it was installed. The best way to keep your granite countertopsclean is to wipe spills before they have a chance to become stains. Often time, a simple mixture of soap and water is all that is needed to keep your countertop looking its best. Make sure to wipe your countertop dry to prevent having water spots. Never use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners and sponges to clean your countertop.