Countertop Installation

Written by Adam Blau
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When planning your new kitchen, you might want to make special considerations for any installation needs. Countertops are usually large, solid substances that require special attention during installation. Factors such as shipping, countertop construction, and even doorway width can dramatically affect the mode of countertop installation.

Factors That Affect Countertop Installation

If you are having your countertop custom-made from concrete, for instance, you have the option of having your countertop constructed either in the contractor's shop or on-site. If it is constructed in the contractor's shop, you have the advantage of a finely-controlled environment and familiar tools. Transport from the shop, however, can be somewhat of a bear; a ten-square-foot concrete surface can weigh a couple hundred pounds.

If your countertop is constructed on-site, you needn't worry about shipping and transportation costs. Be aware, though, that the process will be considerably more intrusive on your everyday life. Concrete mixing and preparation takes time and effort, so don't expect to use your kitchen much while the countertop is being formed.

Some contractors prefer to construct a concrete countertop in pieces, assembling the segments together in the client's kitchen once they are completed. Seams can be constructed to appear as a natural design element. They aren't noticeable as flaws, usually, and are worked into the natural shape of the countertop. Working in pieces like this facilitates transport while remaining unintrusive on a client's life.


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