No matter if you plan to have your granite worktops designed and fitted or want to perform the task yourself, the process takes time, effort and requires precise measurements and technical skill. If you’re putting granite in a kitchen, pull out the cooker, fridge and other appliances from the wall/ worktop area in order to prevent them being damaged and to give you more room to move during installation. Remember to turn off the water supply and remove the sink and other taps from the area where the worktop will be fitted. Remove the old worktop in preparation for installation of your new granite worktop.
Ensure that the front of your cabinets is covered with cardboard or thick paper. Again, this will protect them from damage caused when you accidently drop the new worktop on your foot. This rarely happens but it is best to be prepared.
Measure accurately and several times to confirm your results. Ensure than all required appliance slots and cutouts are present. Most granite worktops will have at least one break since the material typically arrives from the quarry in 10-foot slabs. If your worktop length exceeds 10 feet then ensure than your seam (where two slabs join) is well supported. It should be mentioned that differences in slab thickness are likely – it may be necessary to raise one with shims ( a shim is just a thin wedge of material used in various industries to aid height adjustment) to line up both slabs.
The application of silicone allows space for expansion/contraction and a proprietary epoxy is used to keep the worktop in position. When used on seams, this epoxy is mixed with coloured resin to blend in with the worktops. Coloured glue is used on any visible seams. When the epoxy is used to join two worktop pieces, it is combined with a resin that complements the worktop colour.
Reverse the earlier process and restore your kitchen appliances, sink, etc.
Sealing Granite Worktops
Many granite do not require sealing treatment but it is recommended as it does help to prevent scratches and staining. Granite naturally resists moisture but it does absorb liquid slowly. To prevent absorption, use recommended sealants. A correctly sealed worktop will not absorb liquids, causing liquid beads on the surface.
If you decide not to seal the entire worktop, it is essential to seal those areas where, sinks and cookers are located since this is where most accidental spills will occur. Perform this task after the worktop is installed, you may not be able to access the area once the appliances are in position.
Granite worktops require sealing at least once a year. To determine if a worktop needs to be sealed, test it by dropping water on it. If you see beads, then there is no need to seal it. Otherwise, put on your overall and begin resealing.
Sealing is an easy task to complete. Obtain a recommended granite worktop cleaner (your worktop provider will have these details), a granite sealer and some clean cloths. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaner use, after confirming the granite is dry. When sealing, work in stages, giving each area time to absorb the cleaner before applying a second coat. Continue until all areas of the worktop are covered in sealant. Allow to dry overnight before resuming normal use.