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Although it is not without a certain degree of frustration at times, countertop installation does not have to be a complete headache. The secret to a stress-free installation is to think carefully before you get started, to ensure that you choose the right material, the right colour, the right quality, the right size, and the right installer.
In this short guide, we take a look at the biggest headaches that can arise from countertop installation, to help you plan an installation that goes as smoothly as possible.
Avoid These Countertop Installation Challenges
To keep you countertop installation on track, watch out for these typical challenges.
Choosing the wrong material.
Countertops come in a wide range of materials. Many assume that granite is the best choice. In reality, while it may offer some advantages, granite can often be porous and prone to scratches and other issues. Fixing a chip can be a pain. Granite and most other surfaces other than solid surface also have visible lines that appear on corners, breaking the seamless look. Solid surfaces are often the most durable, versatile and long-lasting option, giving you a diverse range of colours and styles with a seamless, flawless finish.
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Choosing colour over functionality.
Although countertop colour is certainly important – extremely important, in fact – it should be considered very carefully. Rather than going for a colour that catches your eye, think carefully about how you use your counters. While and pale colours will show up even the smallest fleck of dust far more easily. Very dark colours can show up spills and lighter particles such as flour quickly, too. Solid surface counters are easy to clean, but a mid-range colour will still look better. You will also want to consider the colours in the rest of your kitchen and home, too. That will maintain the flow without anything standing out or looking out of place.
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Choosing the wrong size.
A big reason to avoid DIY countertop installation is that it is very easy to get measurements wrong. Unlike slabs of stone or pieces of wood, solid surfaces need to be fitted exactly to work. Even the smallest error could result in the surface needing to be redone. As it has to be prepared for your counters, even a fraction of a centimetre out of place can make a difference.
Choosing the wrong installer.
That brings us to our final point. Choosing the cheapest installer out there rather than one who has experience with this type of surface can also cause costly delays and problems. You may end up with seams or other issues, which will not to much to help you enjoy your new kitchen.
Get in touch for help in finding the perfect counter surface and an installer who will make countertop installation as simple as possible.