Jun 4, 2013

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How To Install Granite Countertops In Naples FL

Installing your own granite countertops in a kitchen or bathroom is very difficult. It is difficult, expensive and time and labor intensive. Apart from having all the right equipment such as a circular saw, jigsaw, numerous drill bits and other smaller items, a Granite Countertops Naples FL professional may be less expensive than doing the job yourself. Granite for an average room can run upwards of $1,500 for the material alone. If you make a mistake in this, it will be an expensive one.

If you have the skills, tools and materials to do the project yourself, there are ways to simplify the process. The first step is to buy do-it-yourself granite countertop packages. A piece of 3/4 inch plywood must be laid down first before the granite is installed. Measure this area as the amount of granite, of your choosing, you want to cover the kitchen. Make sure to allow for over hang of at least 1 to 2 inches and determine which points will need extra materials for particular finished edges.

The plywood that was placed will make for a template for the placement of the slabs. Make sure the overhang does not protrude past the cabinets and make additional adjustments for opening and closing of drawers. Next, you will need help with the movement of the slabs. Slabs can weigh sometimes more than 200 pounds apiece and can be extremely brittle. When storing the granite in preparation of placement, keep as upright as possible.

Next, set the granite over the sink hole to prepare for the counter. With granite you must use a drop in sink. Draw a line around the sink and make the cut with the jigsaw approximately 1/8 of an inch larger than the line you drew. Once all the cuts have been made in the granite and plywood to accommodate your counter accessories you are ready for permanent placement of the granite.

Glue the countertops down with silicone every 6 to 12 inch dollops apart. You will need help again with your Granite Countertops Naples FL, as the weight of the granite and movement will displace your counter. After the granite is glued on, use a caulking gun to adhere the seams.

   

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