Granite worktops London – instructions for the installation
Stone worktops can either be attached to the wall or mounted onto kitchen cabinets. The second solution is more frequently practiced. Their assembly and general installation is usually performed by a professional stone company, however, if you have the manpower and skills of your own then nothing stops you from installing them yourself. You just need to know how to execute this process. Therefore, we have prepared a short instruction article for you, from which you will learn how to permanently attach the London granite kitchen worktops, ensuring that they have a long and excellent effect. Details can be found below.
Installation of granite worktops London – instructions
- The first thing you need to do, is check the surface and its level, making sure that its fairly even, preferably by using a spirit level. If there is any uneven edges, they need to be immediately fixed.
- The next step should involve you proceeding to attach the worktop/s to the cabinets using one of the three processes: The first one consists of installing the worktop on each of the corners, both internal and external, but you have to remember to keep a distance of no more than 10 cm from the edge of the worktop. Furthermore, the spacing ‘join’ between each piece of the worktops cannot be greater than 1mm. The second way is based on the attaching the worktop with special glues and screws to the previously prepared base counter. The stone slabs must be applied to it using the universal and very strong glue. Lastly, the last process of attaching the London granite worktops to the cabinets involves a direct gluing of the granite to the old worktops which were either wooden or laminated. Of course, once again, this installation requires the use of a very strong glue.
- The next step involves actually making of the joins, however this must be proceeded by the use of a milling machine to prepare the edges. After agreeing where the join should be, you have to determine where to place the special epoxy glue to fill the gaps.
- Then comes the time to remove any excess glue from the surface with a 150/180 grained sandpaper. Carrying out this procedure will of course make the glue almost invisible, and will make sure that the two joined worktop pieces are bined perfectly. Of course, before attempting to connect any pieces, you need to make sure that they are clean and thoroughly degreased, but above all make sure that they do not have any extra coating or stains, as this could disturb the entire, time consuming, process.
- When connecting the worktops, you need to ensure that they are perfectly stabilised and they are not vulnerable to any movement. This is why the professional installers often secure the worktop structure from below with special little pieces of stone which are glued onto the wall directly under the mounted worktop. Once all the pieces have been fully mounted and finished, you need to make sure that all the edges are once again secured with glue and once that is dry covered with additional silicone strips. Bear in mind that granite kitchen worktops London look best if all edges are almost invisible and form a straight, even line. All joins need to be perfectly executed in order to stop dirt and bacteria from getting in between the cracks and spaces.
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