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Professional Tips: Countertop Installation from Start to Finish

When a homeowner is looking to install bathroom countertops in Alpharetta, you need to have the knowledge necessary to ensure a smooth installation. The secret to any high-quality countertop installation is being prepared for any challenges or concerns that might hinder or complicate your countertop installation. Installing a countertop is more than just deciding what materials to use and what colors will go with your bathroom's decor. There are few issues that need to addressed before your contractor can start designing and installing your countertops.


Installing Sinks

Before your contractor can began designing, or templating, they first need to consider your bathroom's sink. Your contractor should make sure that your sink is positioned properly so it fits into your cabinets without any issues. It is best to address this problem right away in case your cabinets need to be altered. It is recommended that the bowl part of your sink be placed near the front of the counter. This allows for the countertop to be shaped around your sink.


Consider Wall-Mounted Faucets

Faucets do not always have to be in the center of your sink. They can often be set toward the side with the drain underneath it. You can attach the faucet along the bathroom wall instead of the sink itself, which makes cleaning your countertops easier. It is very important that you decide where the faucet will be placed once the backsplash is installed. This will make adding the necessary plumbing pipes needed for water usage easier then relocating the faucet after installation.


Overhanging Cabinets

Many bathrooms today have overhanging cabinets. Many of these cabinets have a built-in mirror on their doors to add additional functionality and convenience when you wash up. Overhanging cabinets can be roughly 6 to 12 inches above your countertops without any bracing. However, using proper bracing can add extra style to your bathroom design. Bracing also gives you some extra safety and peace of mind should someone try to sit on top of your hanging countertops.


Counter Height

Countertop height is often influenced by who uses them and what the countertops are being used for. Standard cabinet heights are around 36 inches. Cabinet height customization can be expensive. If your budget cannot handle adjusting the height of your cabinets, you can do height adjustments with the type of materials you are using for your countertops. Most countertop materials allow for various degrees of thickness. 


Countertop Support

Your cabinets are your primary support for your new countertops. Countertops are often connected using pieces of counter so that bathroom appliances like sinks, toilets, and even shower stalls and bathtubs can fit seamlessly into place. However, connecting these pieces of countertop into such nontraditional shapes is difficult. Installing a wood blocking flush can help make fitting these countertops around adjacent cabinets much easier.


Sink and Seam Exposure

Sink and seam visibility depends on your personal tastes, preferences, and budget. Bringing the sink toward the edge of the countertop near the backsplash makes the sink more visible. As for seams, most cabinets have visible seams on them. You should know where these seams may be visible. If you are installing natural stone countertops, you can use the stone's vein to conceal the seams, even adding some color for additional flair.


Measurement and Installation Process

Once these issues are addressed, your contractor can start the template process. This can be done with either low-tech or high-tech templates. Low-tech uses thin plywood and a hot glue gun to create rectangles around the spaces of your bathroom. High-tech use paper targets, photographs, and laser measures to determine bathroom spaces. Once the templating is complete, it takes a few weeks for your countertops to be fabricated and installed. Some materials give off nasty fumes, so be sure the bathroom has proper ventilation for installation day. Make note of what date installation will occur so you can call for a plumper to finish installing the pipes afterward.