Questions You May Have When Planning Granite Counter Installation

You've been remodeling your kitchen, and now it's time for one of the most exciting parts of the process: having the granite counters installed. You may want to start cooking and cutting on them, but before you get to that stage, you probably have a few questions about the installation process. Hopefully, you discover the answers to those questions below.

1. How long will the installation take?

Usually, your kitchen builder will have the cabinets put into place, and then, they will have the countertop installers come in. The countertop installers will typically only take one day to do their part of the job. The granite will already have been prepared before they bring it to your home, so all they will need to do is make a few finishing cuts, put it in place, and secure it down. You will need to wait a few days before using the counters, however, because the caulk used to seal them in place will need time to cure.

2. How big will the overhang be?

Granite counters, and all counters for that matter, are installed with an overhang — meaning that the counter extends further than the edge of the cabinets below it. Customers often ask how large the overhang will be, but really, this is a question your installer will ask you. The standard is to have about a 1 1/2 inch overhang, but if you want yours to be smaller or larger, let your installer know before they arrive. They need to know in advance so they can cut the granite accordingly.

3. Will the granite smell from a finish?

Homeowners are often worried that the granite counters will smell bad for a while after installation because of the finish that has been applied. This concern is understandable since other surfaces, like hardwood floors, do smell after they are finished. But here's the good news — granite is finished before the slabs are brought to your home, so the finish will be nicely cured before you see it. There should not be any harsh odors. There may be some dust from the finishing work, but that should settle out of the air quickly and be easy to sweep up.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about granite countertop installation, talk to a company like Granite & Marble Depot. A professional company should know their field well and be happy to share their knowledge with their customers.