Preparing for Installation
Here are several steps you can take to ensure a smooth countertop installation.
Approve Materials and Edge Treatments
- Material selection. Natural stone can vary in color, so we advise our clients to personally approve slabs and edge treatments prior to fabrication. Slabs can be reviewed at our distributors or our warehouse. (Some colors are very consistent, so we will advise you if this step is not necessary for your selection.)
Prepare Cabinets, Sinks and Appliances
We need to visit your job site prior to fabricating countertops. This allows us to make accurate patterns of the areas receiving countertops.
- Sinks and faucets. When selecting a sink and faucet, choose a sink that fits in the cabinet opening. It should not interfere with drawers or filtration systems. The sink should be at the jobsite for the template appointment. Our technicians will verify it fits before bringing it back to our shop.
- Stovetops and vent systems. Using a drop-in stovetop with a pop-up downdraft? We need it at the jobsite when we template. This unit fits very closely to the backsplash, so measurements must be accurate.
- Cabinets. New cabinets must be set straight and level at the time of the template, especially when using 2- or 3-cm granite. Surfaces being templated should be cleared of all items. Additionally, cabinet modifications should be finished before installation.
Fabrication and Installation
Our experienced cutting specialists keep joints to a minimum while maximizing each slab. They also align veining for aesthetically pleasing placement at joints.
The stone is fabricated after being cut to the appropriate size. Fabrication includes shaping and polishing the stone’s edge detail.
Countertops are ready for installation approximately 10 business days after templating.