How to Replace a Prefab Granite Countertop How to Replace a Prefab Granite Countertop
People choose to install and replace prefab granite countertops because they are cheaper than granite slabs. They are pre-cut and finished so you do not need to do a lot of work when you install them. Granite countertops enhance the appearance of you kitchen and make it look elegant and beautiful. Granite is a hard, igneous rock. Here is a brief review of how to replace granite countertops.
Step 1 – Measuring the Countertop
Use a tape measure to take the dimensions of your old countertop and backsplash. Take note of the locations of all the electrical power outlets. Purchase a new prefab countertop from a granite-specialized retailer. Cut the granite in such a way that it fits the electric outlets and all the fixtures and kitchen appliances that you may have on the surface of the prefab countertop. Keep in mind that the texture of granite can vary from a medium grain to a coarse grain. When you pay a visit to a shop to buy the granite for your new kitchen countertop, you can also find a wide choice of different granite types, with colors varying from gray to pink.
Step 2 – Removing the Old Countertop
Remove the old countertop that you want to replace. The countertop can be fixed in place with glue or screws. Remove the screws with a screwdriver. If the countertop is glued down, use a putty knife to remove it. Next, remove the connection to the plumbing of the sink, the kitchen backsplash and any other items which are attached onto the old granite countertop.
Step 3 – Fixing the Plywood Base
Take a piece of plywood that is ¾ inch thick and cut it so that it fits the prefab granite countertop. Use one-inch screws to fix it in place to create the base for your new countertop. Cover the plywood with a glue compound. Make sure that you apply a thick, abundant layer of glue. Make sure that the glue compound is suitable for granite. You can purchase the glue compound from a local home improvement store. You can also purchase the glue from the granite counter retailer.
Step 4 – Installing the New Countertop
Put the new prefab granite countertop over the plywood base. Keep in mind that granite is extremely heavy so you will assistance from a few people to put the new countertop into place. Next, put back the kitchen backsplash and all the other items that you have removed earlier. Let the countertop set for at least 3-6 hours before you begin to use it.
Step 5 - Maintenance
You will need to properly maintain your countertop so that it remains lustrous and appealing. All Granite will have imperfections so make note of them before you begin. You will need to regularly review the clean the surface of the counter. You can wipe it with warm water and soap. Once a month, you can use a granite cleaner to keep your counter looking new. You can purchase the cleaners at any home improvement store.