10 Steps to a Great Countertop Installation

Feb 16th, 2009 | By Bangor Laminates | Category: featured articles

New countertops are one of the most exciting and dramatic improvements you can make to your home.  All of us at Bangor Laminates are committed to making this process go as smoothly as possible.  This list will help guide you through the most important aspects of purchasing countertops.

1. Choose a Designer

Maine is home to many talented and experienced design professionals. You can find them at regional chains, big-box retailers, family-owned lumberyards and boutique design shops. Take the time to visit a few of them and choose the one you feel most comfortable with. A good rapport and clear communication will be crucial as this person needs to be able to understand your ideas and act as your representative to keep the project on track.

2. Research and Ask Questions

New materials and colors are introduced to the market every year. Each one of them has specific features, benefits and limitations. Talk with your designer about what qualities are most important to you in a countertop and decide which material is best suited to your needs. Additionally, our web site links to many resources and our staff are also available to answer your questions.

3. Try to Stay Ahead of the Holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two busiest times of year for countertop installations. If you’d like to show off your brand new kitchen to friends and family, try to follow a construction schedule that will allow you to have your countertops installed by late October or early November. Of course, if that isn’t possible, we will do everything we can to meet your schedule.

4. Choose the Right Sink and Faucet

Unfortunately, sinks and faucets are often chosen as afterthoughts at the end of the design process. Sinks and faucets that are missing or incompatible with each other and their base cabinet are the cause of most avoidable delays. Bangor Laminates offers many sinks and faucets to make choosing easier for you. We also encourage you to read this article on choosing the right sink and faucet.

5. Complete Our Pre-Template Checklist

When your designer places an order with us, we will send them a pre-template checklist. By following this checklist, you, your designer and builder will know exactly what we need in order to fabricate the counters to your specifications and install them on time.
This checklist also helps you think about all the little details you may have overlooked.

6. Be Present for Templating

Before your countertops are fabricated, we will schedule a visit to your home to make a template or pattern that we will build your tops by. It is important that you, your designer and builder are on site when we do this. Templating is really the final stage of the design process when all of the details need to be finalized. By attending the templating, you help ensure the finished product is built the way you want it with a minimum of delays and miscommunication.

7. Have All of Your Appliances On Site for Templating

Along with sinks and faucets, missing appliances are the cause of many delays and fabrication issues. By having stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators on site for templating, you help us make a better template and therefore countertops that have the best fit possible.

8. Follow-up on Post Template Issues

Once we’ve templated your tops, we’d like to get started on fabricating them right away. Often times, we discover issues at templating that need to be addressed before fabrication can begin. Make sure you understand what steps need to be taken to get your site ready for installation.

9. Be Present for Installation

By the time we arrive to install your countertops, all of the details regarding your job should be known. Just in case they aren’t, we recommend you or someone you trust to make decisions be available at the time of installation. This is also a great time to talk with our installers about the care and maintenance of your new tops.

10. Enjoy the Process!

Everyone involved with your countertops understands that home construction and renovation can be a stressful experience. Try to keep in mind that in the end, you will have created something that will be a source of joy and pride for many years to come.

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