How to Install Formica Laminate Countertops How to Install Formica Laminate Countertops
Formica laminate countertops are actually very easy to install. They are, in fact, the easiest type of countertop that you can install. However, this does not mean that there isn’t some work involved. It is usually a good idea for you to enlist some friends to help you out with this project so that it will go a lot smoother and faster. A Formica laminate countertop is something that will last you for a long time and is very easy to maintain once you get it properly installed.
Step 1 – Remove Old Countertop
The first thing that you are going to have to do is take off your old countertop. It is a good idea for you to have some friends as you do this as this countertop is going to be heavy and awkward to move on your own. You will simply need to pry it off of your cabinets and then find somewhere to put it so that it is out of the way before you move on to the next step.
Step 2 – Fitting
Once you have the old countertop removed, it is now time for you to put your new Formica countertop up in place to see how it fits. You will need to make sure that it is not too small or too big as this is something that could create a problem. You may need to do some cuts if it is too big. If it is too small, then you will need to go out and get some more countertop.
Step 3 – Shapes
There are several different shapes of countertops out there. Some are much easier than others. For example, a straight countertop is of course the easiest type for you to install. You will find that it simply takes one straight line. However, if you have a U or an L shaped countertop then you may want to make sure that your friends stick around for the installation. Up to 4 people may need to help you for a U shaped countertop.
Step 4 – Scribe
Check to see how straight the walls are of the countertop. If they are not very straight, then scribing it is something that you are going to do have to do. Whenever you scribe the countertop, you will do it along the back-splash area of it. You will need to measure as you scribe and make sure that everything is fitting the way that it should.
Step 5 – Finish Up
Once you have the countertop fitting as well as it can, you are ready to begin to screw it into place. Whenever you do this, you will need to make sure that the screws are big enough to go all the way through the upper part of your cabinet and into the countertop. Once you have done this, you are ready to go ahead and reinstall everything that had to be taken out for this task. This typically will mean your sink and maybe even your stove top.