How to Install Stone Countertops

installing-countertopsStone countertops are the latest trend in kitchen design. They’re not only beautiful, but they also offer a unique look to any space. If you’re interested in installing stone countertops in your own home, then this article is for you! We’ll cover how to install stone countertops and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this popular trend.

Should you install stone countertops yourself?

Probably not. Stone countertops are heavy and require a lot of precision to install correctly. The best way is to hire a professional for stone countertop installation, but if you do it yourself be prepared with all necessary tools and materials beforehand so that the job goes smoothly. Counters installed without proper preparation tend to crack over time because they aren’t completely flat or there’s too much weight on a single spot. But if you’re on a low budget or you’re just a convinced DIYer, then follow the steps below to get your countertops installed.

Hiring a contractor

You can hire a professional stone installer who will take care of everything for you. Get an estimate and decide which type of installation is best suited to meet your needs and budget considerations while keeping in mind other factors such as how much experience they have working with stone or what kind of warranty they offer on their workmanship.

If it’s possible, ask around and find out if anyone has used them before so you know whether their previous customers were satisfied enough to recommend them further.

It’s also important that any company offering granite or stone services offers high-quality products from trustworthy suppliers because there are many cases where poor quality materials lead to problems down the road.

Tools and Materials

If you’re going to install stone countertops yourself, these are some of the basic tools and materials you’ll need:

  1. Spirit level or a laser level
  2. Tape measure
  3. Circular saw with a diamond blade
  4. Adhesive compound or mortar mix
  5. Trowels for spreading the mortar mixture

Steps to install stone countertops

Measure

Measure the dimensions of your countertop space and purchase a slab of stone that is the same size or slightly larger.

Prepare workspace

Before installing countertops make sure you have a clean and empty workspace. Take down cabinets to allow for the best installation possible, block off areas that will not be part of the project as well as open up flooring underneath the countertops so it can dry out after being installed. Make sure you have all the tools and materials needed for installation as well.

Removing

Now you have to remove old tiles from your existing countertop area (if you have them). Carefully remove any grout or other adhesives, make sure you are very thorough when removing them because they may damage the new stone if not completely removed. Once that is done, use a diamond blade saw to cut the stone to the correct size and shape for your countertops.

Cleaning

Clean the surface where the counter will be installed and make sure it’s free of any debris or dust.

Cutting stone

You can skip this step you’re okay with the size of your stone slab. Otherwise, draw lines on the surface indicating where each edge of the countertop will be installed. Use a chisel and hammer to score along each line, then use a circular saw to cut through the stone along with those scored lines. Make sure you wear safety goggles while doing this! If necessary, use a belt sander to sand down any rough edges or bumps on the counter.

Installing

There are many ways to install stone countertops but we will go over one of the most popular methods which is using adhesive. First spread a thin layer of adhesive on the surface you are installing the countertop on and then place the stone down. Use a rubber mallet or other blunt object to help press it into place and remove any air bubbles that may have formed. Once it’s in place let it dry for 24 hours before using.

Sealing

After the installation, make sure to seal your countertops with a quality sealant. This will protect them from staining and etching and keep them looking beautiful for years.

Conclusion

Now you know how to install stone countertops yourself with little to no experience. Follow these steps and you will be pleased with the end result. But it’s better to hire a professional if you aren’t sure whether you will be able to do the job right.

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