Of all the many investments you can acquire for your precious home, having a granite worktop installed is certainly one of the best ones. Why? Simply because it not only makes your bathroom or kitchen more attractive and appealing as well as practical and functional – it can also last for a good number of years with the right kind of care and maintenance, which makes the expense more than worth it.
But when you have decided to have a granite worktop installed, you need to make the right decisions. Here, then, is your step-by-step guide to installing the perfect granite worktop for your living and working space:
- Check out the samples
First of all, you need to find a granite worktop supplier and installer, preferably in or near the area where you live. You can then either visit their showroom, or, if they have a website with a gallery, you can see a variety of samples that might suit your taste and preference. Take note that the price of your granite worktop will depend on the particular design, pattern, and stone you select. The pricing may also change depending on the amount of work that needs to be done – if you need sink cutouts and special edges, for example, then the pricing may go up as well.
- Select your preferred basin or sink
The next step is simply to select your preferred basin or sink. In many kitchens, the most common type is made from stainless steel. But keep in mind as well that you do have a variety of sinks and basins to choose from and will have to select the right size and shape for your needs and your lifestyle.
- Select the edges and splashbacks or upstands
You also have different choices when it comes to the edges of your granite worktop. This is often referred to as the ‘edge profile.’ If you would like to stick to a particular budget, you can choose to keep the edges simple. Curved edges can be more expensive, but if this isn’t an issue, then go for it. Edge designs and profiles include square/mitered, eased/mitered, bullnose, and other variations. If you live in London or thereabouts, you can seek expert recommendations and advice from granite worktops specialists such as J.R. Stone to get the ideal edge design and profile for your worktop.
You should also decide whether you want a splashback or upstand installed for your granite worktop. This feature helps protect the walls of your bathroom or kitchen, and is highly recommended by the experts as well.
- Decide on the layout of your tap
Another feature which you have to decide on is the layout of your tap. Your granite worktop installer will have to know the number of holes which need to be drilled into your worktop. Normally, the tap is placed at the sink or basin’s centre, but this is really up to you.
- A visit from the installer
Once you have decided on the above-mentioned features, the granite worktop installer will likely visit your home as well as make a replica of the worktop (often using wood). With this, you can then see if the template or replica fits what you have in mind, and if it needs certain changes or adjustments. Once the replica or template is decided, the installer will usually take it back to the shop and cut the slab to fit. Then all you have to do is wait for the day of installation and enjoy your beautiful new granite worktop afterwards!
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