Can You Install Granite Counters on Your Existing Cabinets?

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops, Granite, Interior Design

Granite Kitchen Countertops

Are you about ready to upgrade your old kitchen counters to attractive, modern granite countertops in Colorado Springs? It depends. You can absolutely get the counters that you want, even under the budget you want, but the extensiveness of the operation is going to depend on the existing installation. Here are a few things to consider when upgrading your counters to a heavier material.

Leveling the Counter and Appliances

The first step toward installing a granite counter is to level the existing cabinets. Before the granite is installed, the existing counter will be removed and the cabinets and appliances will be thoroughly leveled. Leveling is of critical importance to make sure that the counter stays in place and that it doesn’t crack over time.

At the same time, the cabinet boxes can be inspected to determine whether they can easily support the granite. Most cabinet boxes are designed to take on a significant amount of weight, but the weight may need to be distributed more evenly across the surface. This isn’t a major concern with laminate!

There’s also another alternative: granite veneers are occasionally installed directly over other counter materials. This is lighter and often doesn’t require a more involved installation, but there are downsides as well: It doesn’t add as much value as a whole counter, and it’s more likely to crack and need repair.

Adding a Base and Supports

Granite counters are much heavier than laminate, tile, wood or other popular counter materials. Some cabinets may already be largely prepped for this weight, especially if the cabinets were made of a strong, solid hardwood. If the cabinets aren’t reinforced, more material may need to be added to the base for support.

An additional structure will also usually be laid over the cabinets to support the piece of granite evenly, which is usually installed in a single piece. The true logistical weight of the granite will depend on its thickness. Granite can be cut with a lip or overhang to add the illusion of being thicker than it actually is.

Ultimately it’s all about the weight of the new material, and it is important to take the appropriate precautions. It’s best to invest in improving the stability of your existing cabinetry rather than experiencing expensive issues later on. Contact Planet Granite for more information about whether granite can easily fit into your home.

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