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In order to help our customers prepare for the installation of granite countertops we have compiled the following information to simplify the process. The following checklists are designed to provide you with the best service possible in the most timely manner.
Getting a Quote...
- Provide Island Granite with a copy of the layout for the project. We will accept a detailed sketch, floor plan or cabinet layout. Please ensure that the layout you provide clearly indicates where all walls are in relation to the countertops, and likewise what edges will be exposed and need to be finished. Also, we ask that you indicate the location and type of sink(s), stove, etc. You may deliver the layout IN PERSON, or by EMAIL
- Try to make some preliminary decisions on the thickness of the stone, COLOUR, EDGE PROFILES, height of backsplash, etc. This will assist us in providing you with most accurate quote.
- Island Granite Ltd. aims to deliver all residential quotes within one to two days. Request a Quote.
Placing your Order...
- Finalize your choices including: slab thickness, stone colour, nosing/edge profile, sink/tap/stove details.
- Make a 50% deposit towards your order. Your deposit will be used to reserve and store your stone until you are ready to proceed with production and installation.
Preparing for Templating...
In all applicable cases, please provide or confirm the following information prior to the scheduled template date. An Island Granite representative may call you to review your order details we ask that you have this information available at least one week prior to your template appointment.
- Slab type, name and thickness (3/4" or 1 1/4")
- Type of edge profile and edging thickness (For 3/4" slab: 3/4" or 1 1/2" nosing. For 1 1/4" slab: 1 1/4" nosing)
- Corner details: pointed or rounded.
- Height of backsplash.
- The type of stove (traditional slide-in, cooktop or a flat slide-in), including the make and model number.
- For each sink, we will need to know the make and model number as well as the make, line and model number of all faucets and faucet accessories/per sink (as well as the placement for the taps). For undermount sinks: You will need to decide and let us know if you would like to have the rim of your sink showing or if you would like the granite to overhang the sides of the sink.
- When Island Granite comes to your home to template your kitchen, we ask that you remove any and all items that may be on your countertop surface. We use a laser guided templating system and will need to have counters clear of any items that may impede the laser eye.
Preparing for Installation...
Arrange to have a plumber.
You will need to arrange to have a plumber disconnect your sink and taps prior to the installation of your new granite countertops and to reconnect after the installation. You may arrange to have a plumber of your choice do the work, or you may ask Island Granite to arrange a plumber for you.
Do you need to disconnect your natural gas?
If you have a gas range, you should contact your gas company to have your gas disconnected from your stove prior to installation. We will need to pull your stove out from the wall to install the granite countertops and backsplash in behind.
Removal of your existing countertops.
Prior to the installation of the granite you will need to remove your existing countertops. You may choose to do this yourself, or you may have Island Granite do this for you for a labor and disposal fee. It is also important to keep in mind any tile backsplash you may currently have, if your tile backsplash sits directly above your existing countertops, you may need to remove the first/bottom row of tiles since they can often be damaged when you pull out your countertops.
Preparation for full granite backsplash.
If you have chosen to have Island Granite install a full granite backsplash (backsplash that goes from your countertops up to the bottom of your wall cabinets), you will need to remove any tiles that may currently be there. Also if you have any lighting installed on the bottoms of your wall cabinets you may need to disconnect and remove the mounts so that the new ¾” backsplash may be correctly installed. Finally, you will need to purchase electrical/light-switch socket extenders since the backsplash will extend out an addition ¾” off your wall. You may need to arrange for an electrician to do this work for you.
Do your existing countertops overlap the front of your cabinets?
You will need to check and see if your existing countertops overlap and hang down over the front of your cabinetry. If they do there will be an unfinished strip approximately ¾”. Since your new granite countertops will sit directly on top of your cabinets you will need to purchase a painted trim piece to match your cabinetry and have it installed after the granite is in place.
Do you have an appliance garage?
If you have an appliance garage or any type of cabinetry that sits on the surface of your countertops, you will need to contact your cabinet maker or a carpenter of your choice. These items will need to be temporarily removed or lifted so that the granite may be properly installed.
Supports for an eating bar.
If you have an eating bar that overhangs ten inches or more, you will need to have supports in place prior to the installation of your granite. If you have any questions about the supports we encourage you to contact us or your contractor for information.