Installing granite and marble slabs help
Oakville homeowners breath new life into their space. One of the most
gratifying aspects of installing marble or granite is the uniqueness and
customization involved. For Oakville
homeowners looking to finish off a kitchen or bathroom project would benefit
knowing that regardless of what option of slabs you choose, it is imperative to
ensure that the installation process is completed properly.
Things to be considered
First and foremost, homeowners must understand the properties of the type of stone
being installed. Neither granite nor stone are nearly as cost-friendly as
plastic or wooden countertop options, but they are significantly more durable
and economically savvy. Granite
is hard and heat-resistant, while marble is visually appealing and easier to
craft. The latter is easier to cut and shape, as it is softer than granite, but
prone to scratching. The former isn't as easy to form, but its density prevents
it from household hazards. Granite doesn't have the uniqueness in pattern or
color that marble does, but still comes in a variety. It's important to
consider what visual characteristics your stone will portray when installed, as
it must mesh with the rest of the room it is in. Granite and marble slabs can
be the centrepiece to a room, so its cohesion with the scheme of a bathroom or
kitchen is worth keeping in mind.
1. Ordering the stone
Choosing the visually sufficient stone (as previously noted) is important when
ordering your future countertop. Allow for enough stone material to build with
or craft, but refrain from over-buying, as the material can prove costly or a
waste of money if not used. Delivery can take roughly a month, and some
outfitters may request to do their own measurements anyway.
2. Cabinet prep
Plywood must be cut to fit comfortably atop the cabinets, as this will be the
base for your granite or marble slabs. Stones are usually laid on ¾ inch
plywood. It is important to note that no portion of the plywood should hang
over the base cabinets – they are covered by the crafted edges of the chosen
stone being installed.
3. Make a template
A common issue when laying countertops is that the walls the cabinets are place
against are not always square. A solution to this would be to create a template
of the countertop's measurement. It is suggested that you use spare pieces to
test how they lay against the wall in order to ensure a comfortable fit.
4. Cutting a sink hole
Once the granite or marble slab is set, trace and cut your hole before placing
the sink in it. It is necessary to cover the sink as protection, generally with
an easily removable material (e.g. cardboard), as you complete the
5. Seaming and gluing
Level and join the seams of the granite or marble slab, screwing together from
under the plywood to ensure for an easy fit. Use light caulking around the sink
to prevent water penetration. Using required glue and hardener, slowly smoothen
it against the bottom half of the slabs and leave to dry.
While the installation process may seem to be a herculean task for the everyman
to complete, it is a good way of ensuring the job is done the way you would
prefer, and certainly more cost-efficient. Labour money saved for your Oakville
home granite or marble slab project is money earned.