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Considerations For a San Antonio Granite Countertop Installation

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If you are having new cabinets installed, it is best that they be installed and anchored before the San Antonio granite countertop contractor visits for the templating of your project. You might find a contractor willing to template prior to final installation but it is not advised. Small positioning differences between anchored vs. unanchored cabinets can undermine the quality of your final countertop installation.

However, if you are keeping your current cabinets, you might want to consider doing a little demolition work yourself. By removing the existing countertops yourself, you can save money. Keep in mind, though, if you allow the San Antonio contractor to remove the countertops and something gets negligently damaged they will have to repair or replace it. If you damage your own cabinets, any savings from doing the demolition work yourself may be lost – not to mention the frustration that you will feel!

As granite is a natural product, each piece is different in appearance coloration. For this reason, it is best if you personally pick out the slabs that will be used for your San Antonio granite countertops. Different patterns and color variations can be loved by one person and hated by another. Be proactive and avoid an installed countertop that you love except for that “weird spot over by the stove”. Any reputable San Antonio granite installer will be happy to help you pick out slabs for your countertops.

Keep in mind that countertop installers are not electricians or plumbers. You will need to have all connections unhooked before the installers arrive to do the job and you will need to have an electrician and/or plumber visit to do the reconnections after the San Antonio granite countertops are installed. Being aware of this can help you with timing issues so that you are not stuck with a functionless kitchen for days after the installation. Having the proper contractors lined up ahead of your granite installation will make life much easier for you.

Additionally, be sure that your installer will be “rodding” your countertops. The granite needs to be cut during installation to allow for your sink, outlets or other kitchen implements. Unfortunately, the cutouts make the surrounding granite susceptible to breakage from heavy weights or impacts. Rodding is the process of adding rods to the underside of the granite to help it resist cracking or breaking. For best practices, be sure your installer is using stainless steel rods so that you don’t have rods that start rusting inside the stone over time. A small rust section can lead to “stone jacking” which will crack the granite. Incidentally, in experiments with granite samples, unrodded samples will break with as little as twenty pounds applied. The same rodded samples can withstand hundreds of pounds and will actually bend rather than break! Rodding is particularly important at the front of the sink where there is a lot of activity.

Hopefully, these tips will help you have a better installation experience. Congratulations on your new, stylish San Antonio granite countertops!

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