All About Countertop Installation

Are your old countertops looking a little worn and outdated? Is the sink showing its age? Installing new countertops is a quick and affordable way to give your kitchen a makeover.

Countertop Installation 101

Depending on the material chosen, installation may take anywhere from a few hours to several days (for complex tile work). Exact measurements are critical for any of these materials that are pre-fabricated in a factory, then delivered and put in place.

What Can Add to the Countertop Installation Costs

The removal of existing countertops may or may not be included in a price quote so be sure to ask. Often, new countertops are installed on new counters, which means the old have already been removed as part of an overall remodeling.

Extensive sink or other cutouts, custom widths, an unusual layout, a complex backsplash design or other factors can bump up the total cost, sometimes dramatically; there's no way to predict the exact amount except by comparing detailed on-site estimates from a number of contractors.

What to Look for in the Countertop Installation Companies

When looking for an instillation company, make sure they have references and that are a licensed and bonded company. Many of the chain home repair stores have professionals that come to your home and will charge you by the square footage.

When calculating your remodeling costs you need to compare the total installed costs when shopping for new countertops to avoid any unpleasant surprises in your remodeling costs and keep from going over budget.

You should also make sure you know what your installer will do. Ask if he will hook everything back up that was unhooked during the process. Depending on what kind of countertop you are getting installed will determine the installation price too. For example, granite will be one of the most expensive, costing $50.00 - $75.00 per square footage.

Whatever you choose, make sure you get a good deal for the countertops and the installation. And, see if the professionals will work with you on the price.

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