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Many homeowners have considered a variety of do-it-yourself projects around the home, if for no other reason than the satisfaction of having done it yourself. Cost savings is also a consideration and if you are particularly handy and can learn easily from manuals or online videos, then you are probably a good candidate for going it alone. However, there are some projects which are best left to the professional and one of those best left to a qualified countertop installer is the installation of a granite countertop. Countertop installation costs can vary, but looking for cost savings by doing it yourself can often lead to costlier mistakes.


It’s quite common for your local home improvement store to provide you with all the knowledge and equipment necessary to install countertop surfaces on your own, but there are some types that should be left to a professional installer. Granite countertops can be far more challenging to install due to the specialized skills, tools, and equipment that are needed. Given the expense of the material itself—not to mention the weight of granite—you really don’t want to chance doing the installation incorrectly. Even though a granite countertop in a bathroom may be smaller than in a kitchen, consider the following when installing a bathroom countertop in Cumming. 


Fit

If measure once, cut twice is not a phrase that you’re familiar with, then you probably should leave the installation of your granite countertop to a professional. One of the primary considerations when installing any kitchen or bathroom countertop—in particular, granite—is that in order for it to fit correctly, every little thing has to be perfectly in place. Not only is granite very heavy to work with, but unlike most other countertop surfaces that can be simply glued into place, granite requires additional support because of its weight. This often requires the installation of rebar and other similar supports, which have to be completely level for stability in order to ensure that your countertop doesn't crack because of its weight. In addition, the type of support that is necessary is determined by the weight and thickness of your granite slab—not a decision most lay people are qualified to make.


Expense

article image If penny-wise but pound foolish is not a phrase that you’re familiar with, then you are definitely a candidate for hiring a professional. Granite countertops can be far more expensive than your average laminate slabs and, given the expense of the countertop, you really don't want to leave any aspect of the installation to chance. When you hire someone to install your countertop, they will assume any costs that may occur from the slightest miscalculations, which in turn can lead to costly mistakes. The rule of thumb is that the more expensive and luxurious the slab that you purchase, the better it is to pay to have it installed than to do it yourself and end up liable for the replacement cost should you make an error.


Weight

If many hands make light work is not a phrase that you’re familiar with, then you will learn the significance of those words very quickly if you decide to install your granite countertop by yourself. Regardless of the size of your slab, granite countertops are heavy—very heavy. Given the slab’s weight, you’ll need to be prepared to not only lift it into place but also to maneuver it to get it into your home and then maneuver it some more as you try to position it. Dropping the countertop may not only damage the slab, making it unusable, but it can also damage your floor and possibly injure you in the process. Professional installers are covered by their insurance in such cases and you will find they also work in teams.