What To Expect for Your Kitchen Benchtop Sydney Installation?
Whether you are adding a kitchen to your newly renovated home or replacing an existing benchtop, preparation is the key to a successful stone benchtop installation. It’s important to note that installing a stone benchtop entails much more than merely deciding which materials to use.
Here’s what you’ll need to know before and on installation day, as well as some handy hints for after your beautiful new stone benchtops are finished.
Features to Consider Before Template Day
You must make a few decisions before our team arrives to measure and install your lovely new kitchen benchtops; some of these considerations include the following.
Quite obviously, the first consideration is to select the stone material for your new kitchen benchtop. At Made in Stone, we offer a market-leading supply of porcelain, natural and engineered stone benchtops. Some include Caesarstone, Quartz, Dekton, Silestone, Smartstone and Granite/Marble Stone suppliers.
If you have existing kitchen benchtops, you must have them remove before our templating team arrives. Make sure the sinks and cooktops are also cleared, so only cabinets are visible.
Make sure your sink and appliances are onsite for when the stonemasonry makes it to the property. There are several different ways to place a kitchen sink bowl on your kitchen benchtops, making sure you have a good idea of what you want the surface to look like.
If your kitchen benchtop has an overhang from the cabinet – like a breakfast bench – you will need to organise with the stonemasonry how the material will have a stable and aesthetic support; added support is necessary if exceeding 300mm.
You will also need to know what thickness and edge profile you want your stone benchtops to be, as different kitchen benchtop thickness is required for different people and tasks. If custom cabinets are not in the budget, using stone materials of varying thicknesses placed on the cabinets is one way to customise the finished height of the stone benchtop.
Consider the stone benchtop seam, which is one feature commonly forgotten about. Especially for very large stone benchtops, it is expected that the stone benchtop will be made from separate pieces which need to match up and commonly causes visible joins and design mismatches in the surface.
Before installing the stone benchtop, it’s important that the cabinets are as level as possible and fully bolted to the wall. Both of the island’s cabinets must be firmly secured to the floor in the case of free-standing islands, which keeps the stone from falling over.
On Template Day
Before installation, our team will come to your property to template the area (ensuring a seamless match and minimum construction hassle). All cabinets must be permanently assembled – nothing can change between the template and the installation.
In most cases, templates will take anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the area/s.
High-tech stone masonries – like Made in Stone – use a laser templating device to measure around the kitchen, which produces perfect outcomes.
You’ll typically have to wait for one to two weeks for your stone benchtop to be fabricated after the templating is completed.
Ensure there is a direct path between the worksite and the nearest exterior door to limit how much manoeuvring the workers have to do when moving the individual pieces of countertop into your kitchen or bathroom. If your property is still a construction site, you will need to ask the other workers to postpone working at least before all of the stone pieces have been transported and put on the cabinets.
Depending on the type of stone you pick for your new kitchen benchtops will effective the installation time. Typically, natural stone benchtops take longer, while engineered stone takes a little less time for the stonemasons to complete – an average of two to five hours. The size of your kitchen benchtop also affects the installation time, as the larger the stone or larger the areas, the more complex it is to install and transport into the desired position.
If everything is perfect, our workers will then lay the piece/s of stone in place on the counters, using epoxy for the seams to cement the pieces in place.
After the stone benchtops are installed, you will need to schedule your electrician and plumber to hook up and drain the plumbing before you can use your kitchen sink and cooktop on your new stone benchtop.
Sourcing the Best Kitchen Benchtops in Sydney
Not only will a new kitchen benchtop completely revamp your space to suit your liking, but it is the most effortless kitchen renovation without requiring much work or an entire remodel. Ready to pick out your next stone kitchen benchtop?
If you are looking for high-end, affordable natural or engineered stone for your next bathroom vanity or your next kitchen benchtop, contact Made in Stone today on (02) 9756 4599 or get a FREE quote online.
With over 25 years of industry experience, you know you will only get the highest quality Engineered stones, Natural Stones and Porcelain Materials from Made in Stone. Call us today and ask us about our wide range of offcuts to choose from to help save some $$ in your renovations.
As a local Sydney stonemason, we cater to any customer requirement, whether you need a stone installation for your kitchen benchtop, bathroom vanity top, bar, outdoor barbecue area, fireplace, columns, etc. Our team are available to assist you. Speak to the stone experts today!