What To Do Before Your Granite Countertop Installation

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Before you schedule your granite countertop installation, there are a few things to do to prepare. Measuring and knowing the type of granite you want can help speed up the process once you visit the granite company. At E&B Granite, we suggest following these tips before your countertop installation for a smoother process: 

Measure Twice

Precise measurements are beneficial before starting the installation process. Double-check the dimensions of your countertops to help make sure we have accurate sizing. This can help avoid costly mistakes by cutting the wrong slab size. Our professionals can help you avoid any discrepancies. Precise measurements can help make sure that your custom countertops fit perfectly into the designated space.

Choose the Right Granite Slab

Selecting the right granite slab is a decision that impacts the overall aesthetics of your space. You can visit the online showroom of our custom countertop installation company to find what suits your home. This allows you to personally inspect and handpick the slab that best complements your design preferences. Consider factors such as color, veining, and pattern to help make sure the chosen granite works with the design of your kitchen or bathroom space.

Clear the Workspace

Before our granite countertop installation team arrives, clear out the space around the area to provide us with unrestricted access. Remove any items from cabinets and drawers beneath the countertops. Also, remove any decorative elements on the existing countertops or areas where we might run into. This can help streamline the installation process while also protecting your belongings from dust and debris we might generate during the installation.

Confirm Plumbing and Electrical Work

If your countertop installation involves sinks or appliances with water and electrical connections, confirm that the plumbing and electrical work is completed before the installation day. Make sure to turn off water and electricity and remove old sinks or appliances. The installers will be able to check the pipes and wiring to see that they are correctly installed. This can help prevent delays and help make sure that your kitchen or bathroom will be fully functional once the granite countertops are in place.

Communicate with the Installation Team

Maintaining open communication with our installation team is key to a successful project. Discuss any specific requirements or concerns you may have with us, such as additional support for heavy granite pieces or any unique challenges your existing space presents. Addressing these details beforehand allows our team to prepare accordingly. 

Relocate Your Pets

Granite countertop installation involves the use of various tools, equipment, and potential hazards that may pose risks to your pets. The dust can cause irritation, and they may also get into supplies that could endanger them. To help make sure they are safe and prevent any interference with the installation process, relocate your pets to another part of the house. 

Plan for Downtime

While granite countertop installation is typically a swift process, planning for some downtime in your kitchen or bathroom is beneficial. Anticipate a temporary disruption to your daily routines, especially if the installation involves disconnecting daily used appliances or utilities. Plan meals ahead of time and consider setting up a temporary kitchenette in another part of your home to minimize the impact on your daily activities. Be sure to let family members know the areas being worked on so they can plan their days around these areas being unusable. 

Protect Surrounding Surfaces

Granite countertop installation typically involves cutting, polishing, and handling heavy slabs. This can generate dust and debris. Cover them with protective materials such as drop cloths or plastic sheets to protect surrounding surfaces and furniture. This can help safeguard your belongings from damage and prevent them from being covered in dust during the installation process.

Ventilate the Area

Granite fabrication and installation can produce dust and odors that may linger in your home. To maintain a comfortable living environment, make sure you have proper ventilation during and after the installation. Open windows and doors to allow fresh air circulation throughout the house. Consider using fans to help with the removal of any residual odors. This simple step can contribute to a healthier and more pleasant post-installation experience.

Perform a Final Walkthrough

Before the installation team completes their work, conduct a thorough walkthrough to inspect the finished countertops. Check for any imperfections, such as chips, scratches, or uneven seams, and communicate your observations to our team. A final inspection helps make sure that any issues are addressed promptly. 

Granite Countertop Installation

At E&B Granite, we offer a variety of custom countertops for you to choose from for your kitchen, bathrooms, or outdoor areas. To prepare for your installation, consider following our tips, such as clearing the workspace, relocating your pets, and ventilating the area. Contact us to learn more about our installation process and what you can do to prepare for it.

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