How to Install an Acrylic Countertop
An acrylic countertop is a great choice, if you are doing a kitchen remodel. Acrylic is sleek, durable and very easy to maintain. Since you can find it in many colors and designs, it is easy to add as an update to your current kitchen, or to match to a new renovation. If you are installing an acrylic countertop on your own, there are several steps you will want to take, to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Here is a guide, along with some materials that you'll need.
Step 1 - Check Surface with Level
Check to make sure that the area you are working on is level, before you begin installing your countertop. If the surface is even, the bubble of the level will be in the center.
Step 2 - Line up Countertop
Lining up the countertop can be difficult, because you have to allow for everything else that may be installed after. Be sure that it is flush up to the wall, unless you still have a backsplash that needs to be installed. If so, leave a space that is as thick as the backsplash, but no bigger. Then, check to make sure that the overhang of the counter is even throughout the entire length. Typically, you will want it to be from an inch to 1 1/2 inches.
Step 3 - Check Countertop with Level
Use the level again to make sure that the counter is level. If you found before that the surface was level, chances are the counter still will be very close. It is important to make sure though, in case the counter is off at all. It is much easier to fix now than once it is attached.
Step 4 - Screw
Attach the counter to the cabinets using a screw gun. To determine the size of the screws to use, consider the height and thickness of your countertop. You will be securing the screws into the cabinet's nailers, and you will want to make sure that they are long enough to go through and hold.
Step 5 - Attach Backsplash
To measure for the backsplash, use a tape measure from corner to corner of your counter. Use a circular saw to cut the back splash to the appropriate size. Then, apply silicone to the wall and press the back splash up to it. You can apply the silicone using a caulking gun. Hold the backsplash firmly for several minutes, to make sure that it stays and is secure.
Step 6 - Apply Caulk
Fill the caulking gun with caulk, and apply it between the joints. Draw a bead across the seams. This should be between the countertop and cabinet, as well as the counter and the back splash. Everything should flow and be connected. Wipe off any excess caulk and let dry.