Countertop Installation
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The Basics of Countertop Installation

Installation time

The installation time is big deterrent for a lot of people. The idea of having their bathroom or kitchen in shambles for weeks on end just gives them a headache just thinking about it. Professional contractor understand this and will try to get the job completed in a timely fashion without compromising the finished product. The first step is to decide the style you want, if you are completely changing the set up of, say, your kitchen, this can lengthen the time the job will take. Next you will need to decide what type of material you want to use, marble and granite are very popular choices. Both of these materials are esthetically pleasing and are extremely durable. They are quite expensive; however they can add value to your home's overall value. If you want to replace your sink as well, you will need to let your contractor know and make that selection. If you are replacing the countertops, it is a good idea to go ahead and replace the sink as well. Because motivation levels differ depending on the person, let's assume that you are going to hire a contractor. Once you have decided what you want and all of the materials are in, the construction time can be anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks.

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Basic installation

The basic installation of a countertop is quite simple. The steps involved can get tricky, but basically, you will need to remove the old countertop. Depending on the structure underneath you may need to reinforce the cabinetry (With either wood or metal braces) before installing the new countertops. There are several glues to choose from mostly depending on the material being used. Once the countertop is in place, then you will need to go around the seams with either a caulk or epoxy and fill in the small gap between the counter and the wall.

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