What to Remember When Installing Countertops for Your Kitchen Remodel? ( Infographic )

Knowing the Size of Your Future Countertop

Before installing countertops for your kitchen remodel, you need to take several measurements. These measurements are vital when choosing the size and shape of your new countertop. Be sure to mark your floor with a pencil to keep track of the amount of space you need for counters. Depending on the material you want, you may need to hire a plumber to connect any plumbing fixtures. Likewise, you will need to move large appliances such as refrigerators and stoves before you can begin installing the new countertops.


What to Remember When Installing Countertops for Your Kitchen Remodel?

Removing the Backsplash

You will have to remove the backsplash. It should be in good shape. If it is laminate, you can install new laminate countertops over the old flat countertop. However, you will have to check if the cabinet base matches the new overhead cabinets. If you have a solid composite countertop, you will have to remove the old cabinet tops and replace them with the new ones. This step is essential because you may have to reinstall your backsplash.

Be Mindful of Your Outlets

When you are ready to install the new countertops, you must check all electrical outlets. The original builder probably installed appliances of poor quality and may have installed them in a discreet fashion. Also, make sure to have all outlets installed on an AFCI/GFCI circuit. Before you install the backsplash, you should remove undercabinet lights. If you have them, replace them with LED lights.

Installing the Countertop

Once you’ve figured out which countertop material is best, you can choose the installation method. If your old laminate countertops are in good condition, you can install a laminate countertop directly on them. Be sure to measure the existing base cabinet before you install the new one. Then, be sure to match the new overhang cabinet bases. If you’re going with solid composite countertops, you must first remove the old cabinet tops and install the new ones.

Adding new countertops is a major construction project. Expect dust and noise. You must plan for the construction process and ensure that everyone in your house is aware of the plans. If you’re hiring a professional to install the new countertop, make sure you have an adult sign off on the final installation. If you’re hiring a professional, it’s a good idea to have at least one adult present to supervise the project.

It’s essential to plan the installation of countertops carefully. Because countertops are usually installed at the end of a kitchen remodeling project, it’s necessary to install new appliances, cabinets, and flooring first. If you’re replacing an existing countertop, you may not be able to remove the old one. It’s essential to match the existing materials and the new countertop to ensure a smooth transition. The countertop should not be installed before the dishwasher, but the dishwasher bracket should be attached to the cabinets.

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