Home remodel projects don’t always necessarily require a heightened level of skill to accomplish with success, and it’s important to decide whether you can tackle these projects yourself. Owning a home comes with certain responsibilities, and one of these is adding value to your home. Installing a new kitchen countertop is one great way to lift the value of your home, but to also increase the aesthetic appeal.
If you’ve thought about installing your kitchen countertops yourself, here’s a quick guide of things you’ll want to consider, as well as a very basic step-by-step list of how to install your countertop.
The Benefits and Risks of Installing a Countertop Yourself
Every do-it-yourself remodeling project requires an initial acceptance that things can, and probably will go wrong; however, this fact doesn’t always negate the benefit that DIY countertop installation can offer. It’s important to weigh your options, and begin by thinking of the risks and rewards of installing kitchen countertops yourself.
Hopefully you have your countertops cut by a professional beforehand; this is precise, difficult work, and lays the basis for how your countertops will fit in the allotted space.
Fine or delicate countertop materials aren’t’ generally recommended for kitchen spaces, but if your countertop material is more delicate than others, it might not be a great idea to try this one with professional guidance.
Skill, detail, and finish work
Many homeowners underestimate the skill it takes to make kitchen countertops look seamless and perfect. That being said, some of us are perfectionists and won’t settle for anything less, making the job a welcome task.
This is where the DIY might be worth it – any home remodeling isn’t usually very cheap, especially when it comes to labor. You can cut your costs by installing countertops yourself, but use caution and know your limitations – it might be worth it to spend the extra cash to have it done right the first time.
A Basic Step-By-Step of Countertop Installation
If you’ve decided to try this one on for size, you’ll need some basic guidelines for countertop installation. Here are some helpful tips to start with:
1.Make sure a professional has cut the countertop with precision and accuracy
Think about the size of the sink if you’re installing one, as well as any ledges, corners, and edges that may cause difficulty.
2. Put the sink in before you do anything else
You’ll need to take exact measurements, cut holes for the faucet, etc. – don’t forget to add silicone or some other good quality adhesive to seal the edges of the sink when you drop it in. Be sure to consult with a professional to determine what the proper strength/brand of adhesive should be for your particular sink/countertop combination.
3. Adding the countertop
It is critical that there is enough stability beneath the countertop before you secure it into place, otherwise it could break or crack, or cause damage to cabinetry beneath it. Make sure the countertop is level, then add adhesive beneath the countertop. Put the piece on top of the adhesive with precision, and align it with the wall, ledges, or other guides for straight lines.
4. Seal the edges
Using caulking or silicone (preferably something water-resistant), seal all the joints and edges of the countertop – allow the countertop sit for a while to let it settle.
5. Finalize water line connections
You’ve already installed the sink, faucet, and countertop; now it’s time to make sure everything is connected and working properly so you can have a functional kitchen.
If you run into any questions, complications, or difficulty installing your kitchen countertop, it’s best to consult with a professional right away. The kitchen remodeling and construction experts here at Kitchen Emporium have over 2 decades of experience under their name in the Southern California areas, including: the San Fernando Valley, San Diego, and San Marcos. Kitchen remodeling is our passion, and we’ve been doing it for years; kitchen countertop installation is one of the best parts of a remodeling project, as it signifies nearing the end. We know that this task requires precision and delicacy, and we’re here to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our company, our experience, or to schedule a consultation.