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(HomeGarden247.com, July 12, 2012 ) Kokomo, IN -- Installing granite countertops, while labor intensive, will also save the homeowner money and increase the value of their home. For the more adventurous and skilled homeowner installing kitchen cabinets and countertops may be the most rewarding home improvement projects they undertake, especially when they choose to install granite countertops.
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Granite countertops are beautiful and durable and will last a lifetime. While installing granite countertops may be more labor intensive than traditional laminate countertops, the value added to the DIY’s home is well worth the added labor. Though DIY does save money, Surface Encounters’ (http://www.halfoffgranite.com/) half-off granite countertops special makes hiring it done a better option.
Before installation, accurate measurements must be taken of the countertop area. It is important to add the amount of overhang that one desires on their countertops. Standard overhangs range from 1 inch to 1 ½ inches past cabinet fascia. Be sure to mark the drawing to show which edge sets flush to the wall and which edge must have a show finish (the edge that is most visible to the eye).
Some granite countertop installers recommend the installation of ¾ inch plywood as a backer to add support to granite countertops. Plywood should be cut flush to the cabinet edge to allow one’s pre-cut granite countertop to fit tightly around the top of the cabinet. The plywood may be attached using ¾ inch course thread drywall screws through the plywood and into the cabinet.
When installing new granite countertops be sure to have plenty of help. Granite countertops are heavy and come in large sizes that are not easy to handle. It is important to have plenty of space to store the granite countertops until installation so that they will not be accidently chipped or scratched during counter preparation.
Pre-cut granite countertops come ready to install, however one will need certain tools to complete the installation. Common tools needed for installation are a level, caulk gun, screws and circular saw equipped with a diamond-tipped blade.
Most kitchens are not level. DIY’s should be ready to shim their cabinets allowing granite countertops to sit level. When ready to set the granite countertops in place, silver dollar-sized drops of silicon need to be applied to the back of the granite countertop and the plywood to hold the granite countertop in place.
After adhering the countertops to the plywood, the seams need to be sealed. Granite countertops installers suggest adding colorant to the silicon sealant for a more professional finish.
Doing projects one’s self saves money and in today’s economy saving money is even more important. Installing one’s own granite countertops is a huge undertaking so many homeowners and kitchen remodelers are hiring the job done by Surface Encounters. Visit http://www.granitecountertopskokomo.com/ for details about the half-off granite countertops special running for a limited time.
About Surface Encounters:
Surface Encounters has over 100 years accumulated experience fabricating and installing natural stone and granite countertops. Surface Encounters state of the art machinery ensures the highest quality finished product with satisfaction guaranteed. Surface Encounters is dedicated to improving the world one granite countertop at a time. Granite countertops will last a lifetime and never go out of style.
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