Do you have questions about countertop installation but aren’t ready to speak with a specialist? We understand! You want to be well informed before making an appointment to fully understand what the installation process is like, what to expect, and what questions you should be asking. Today, we will answer the most common countertop installation questions to get you started on the right path. 

Common Questions Answered

Most Common Countertop Installation Questions Answered

What is the installation process for cabinets and countertops?

Every new construction or remodel is different, but the standard installation process goes like this:

First, your existing materials will be removed and disposed of. Please note that if you have recyclable materials, you should inform the installation specialist in advance to plan to recycle them properly.

Second, new electrical and plumbing will need to be installed if required.

Third, the walls around your now nonexistent countertops may need repair, adjustment, or painting to ensure they are ready for the next step. 

Fourth, the cabinets will be installed! YAY! But wait, it isn’t over yet. 

Fifth, your countertops will need to be templated. Want to know why? See the next question!

Sixth, take the time to get your space ready! (Usually, this means painting.) 

Seventh, the cabinets will get installed along with the trim.

Finally, any last touches can be completed, such as installing a backsplash, hooking up plumbing, and installing flooring (although this can be done earlier).

Why do countertops have to be templated?

Unfortunately, building materials and installation rarely turn out perfectly. If one were to assume that the countertop exactly matches the design, they would quickly end up disappointed when their new countertops didn’t fit. Countertops are always templated after the cabinets are installed and have time to adjust to their climate to ensure that you get a perfect fit! 

Do all brands have equal warranties?

Simply put, no! All major brands carry their own warranty program. However, not every manufacturer offers the same level of coverage. For example, some manufacturers only cover defects in materials and/or manufacturing processes, whereas others may extend this protection to include normal wear and tear. It’s always best to check the terms and conditions of the warranty before purchasing a particular model.

What types of cabinets and countertops should I choose for my space?

There is no easy answer to this question because every home, every business, and every person is different. Whether you know what you want or not, we highly recommend having a consultation with an expert designer to ensure that the cabinets and countertops you choose are not only pretty but functional for your space. There are various types of countertop materials to choose from, so make sure to think about WHAT you want to use these countertops for.

Can you put countertops on old cabinets?

Yes, you most certainly can put new countertops on old cabinets. Before installing a new countertop, we highly recommend that you clear out the cabinets to ensure that nothing gets broken. While an installer will never try to damage your personal items, accidents frequently happen when working in tight spaces with heavy materials.

What if I want to get a new appliance?

If you plan to replace an appliance, we highly recommend that you work this into your design plan. Take measurements and pass them along to your designer to verify that your new appliance will work with your new countertops and existing (or new) cabinets.

Got other countertop questions? Reach out to us at Alaska Countertops today for a consultation!