Keeping Granite Countertop Costs

Keeping Granite Countertop Costs

Remodeling your kitchen can be very costly, so when it comes to installing granite countertops, you can save some money by doing most of the preliminary work yourself.

1.   The fabrication and the installation of your granite countertops should be left to the professionals, but the preliminary work can be done by you and save you a lot of money.

2.   The materials needed in order to do this work are a screwdriver, putty knife, utility knife, pliers, wrenches, a pry bar, and safety glasses.

3.   You will start off by removing your sink and faucet. Be sure that you shut off the water supply at the valves located underneath. Once you have disconnected the water supply lines, you will want to remove the drain lines.

4.   There are clamps located underneath the sink that hold the sink in place, remove these clamps.

5.   Use the putty knife to cut the caulking that seals the sink and the countertop.

6.   Once all of this is completed, you can simply lift the sink out.

7.   You will need to remove all screws underneath the countertops that are holding the countertop in place.

8.   At this point you can lift the old countertops off the base of the cabinets, however you may need to use a pry bar to help lift the countertops off the cabinets.

9.   After all of your countertops have been removed, it is now time to have the professionals come in and take measurements in order to fabricate your new granite countertops. Most professionals will create a wooden template that will be used to make the new countertop.

10. Once all measurements have been taken, the template will then be used to mark the granite for cutting.

11. After all of your granite has been cut and measured, the installation will begin by placing shims, making sure that all the pieces of granite line up and are leveled.

12. Once the granite countertops are in place, a protective sealant will be applied to the countertops.

13. Installation is complete and you are now ready to enjoy your new granite countertops and your extra savings.