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11 Common Granite Countertop Installation Mistakes

If you are thinking about buying and installing new granite countertops, there are several mistakes that you need to avoid during the purchase, installation, and maintenance of the countertops.

Common Granite Countertop Purchasing Mistakes 

Seeking Thicker Countertops

Granite is most commonly available in two widths, 3/4″ or 1 1/4″. If you want countertops thicker than either of the standard slab sizes, you will typically end up with two slabs glued together, which is not ideal.

Choosing a Top Mounted Sink

If you are looking for something that is easy to maintain, it is best to avoid a top-mounted sink. This type of sink can make it extremely difficult to keep dirt, debris, and bacteria out from underneath the sink’s rings. We recommend installing an under-mounted sink with your granite countertops.

Avoiding Wholesale Countertops

When it comes to saving money on countertops for your cabinets, buying wholesale can help reduce your cost while providing you with the same high-quality countertops.

Choosing Color Over Quality

Color is an important part of choosing your countertops, but quality should be your top priority. While you may be drawn to a unique color, it is important to keep in mind that these colors can stain more easily since they tend to be more porous. Since they stain easier, they will cost you more in maintenance in the long run. Darker granite is recommended as it won’t show stains as easily and costs less to maintain.

Granite Countertop Installation Mistakes to Avoid 

Choosing and Installing the Incorrect Color

When choosing the color of your granite countertops, you need to make sure the color will match the style and color of the rest of your kitchen before they are installed. Compare samples and pay close attention to the colors you are using in your kitchen to ensure everything flows together nicely.

Using the Wrong Measurements

Before installing your granite countertops, you need to make sure that you have accurate measurements. Without the right measurements, you could end up with too much or not enough granite or the wrong slab thickness, resulting in delays to your project and unexpected costs to pile up. All measurements should be doubled checked prior to ordering your granite countertops.

Not Picking Your Edges Prior to Installation

Make sure that you have chosen the type of countertop edges you want prior to installation. Once your countertop installation is complete, there will be no way to change the type of edges your countertops have.

Not Hiring A Reliable Contractor

You want to make sure you have fully vetted your chosen contractor. Make sure they have insurance, are experienced with granite, and are trustworthy. Ask to see their portfolio and read testimonials from satisfied customers. You want to avoid an inexperienced contractor as this could affect the overall appearance and lifespan of your countertop installation.

Granite Countertop Maintenance Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Granite

Not Sealing Your Granite Countertops

Granite is a porous material. This means that it will absorb spills, resulting in stains when it is not sealed regularly. Typically, granite countertops need to be sealed every two years.

You should ignore sealants that claim to last a lifetime. Daily wear and tear, as well as acidic juices like lemon juice, can break down any sealant, which means you should seal your countertop regularly to prevent staining.

Abusing the Durability of the Granite

While granite is a very durable material, you still need to take special care to ensure its longevity. To keep your granite in great condition, we recommend:

  • Avoid cutting directly on the surface of the countertop. Always use a cutting board as small nicks can create a place for stain and water to get in.
  • Be sure to not leave any type of oil out on the counter. They may leak out of their container and stain the surface of the granite.
  • Always use a potholder or other protective buffer between your countertops and a hot plate, pan, or cup. Granite can become damaged by extreme heat.
  • Clean up spills immediately to avoid absorption and staining.

Cleaning Granite with Harsh Chemicals

When cleaning your granite countertops, you need to avoid using harsh chemicals that can strip away the sealant and cause damage. Glass cleaners or solvent-based cleaners should be avoided as well as any cleaners that are made with vinegar or lemon juice. Read granite countertop cleaning tips on our blog, to learn more about how to avoid improper cleaning methods.

We recommend using mild dish soap and a warm, damp rag to remove everyday spills and other messes. You can also use a cleaner specifically formulated for granite countertops as needed.

Granite Countertop Installation in Pittsburgh

At Express Cabinet & Granite, we provide our clients with a high-quality selection of granite countertops to choose from. We also offer expert granite countertop installation services to ensure your countertops are built to last. Contact Express Cabinet & Granite today to learn more!

Dennis Li