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Countertop Installation Checklist

These tips will make your countertop installation as smooth and easy as possible. They run in chronological sequence from in-home measurement to final inspection. Please note that countertops are usually installed at the end of any remodeling, so if you're purchasing new flooring, appliances or cabinets, those things should be installed first.

 In-Home Measurement & Template

After you've selected your new countertop, a licensed and certified countertop fabricator/installer will call you to arrange a convenient time for an in-home visit. At this visit, the installer will confirm all details of your new countertop purchase, verify countertop measurements and create a template, or "footprint," of your new countertop to ensure a proper fit. If any adjustments to the original project estimate are required, the store will revise the estimate and submit a final estimate to you for approval.

Once you've approved the estimate, the installer will give you a tentative date for installation of your new countertop. 

Before Measurement & Template
  • Make sure cabinets are plumb, level, square and secured to the walls and/or floor. If new cabinets are part of your remodel, they must be installed before countertops can be measured and installed. Cabinets that will rest on top of the countertop (appliance garage, etc.) must be installed after the new countertop is installed.
  • Disconnect and remove all existing countertops, backsplashes, sinks and cooktops from cabinetry. (Removal of countertop and backsplash may not be required in all instances. Ask your store associate for details.) Disconnect plumbing. (In some areas, The Home Depot can do these things for you and then reconnect them after installation, for an additional charge. Ask your store associate for details.)
  • Make sure sinks, faucets, cooktops and any other items to be mounted in the countertop are on the job site. All cutout information (that is, information on holes or cuts required in the countertop for things such as sinks, faucets, soap pumps, hot/cold water dispensers, cooktops) must be supplied for measurement and templating. Apron and farmhouse sinks must be installed prior to the date of field template.
  • Make sure all appliances (including dishwashers, stoves and refrigerators) are in place.
  • Final wall preparation (i.e., painting, wallpapering, etc.) should not be completed prior to installation if at all possible. Care will be exercised during the countertop installation; however, scrapes, punctures or digs to wall surfaces are possible in the work area, as are scratches and scrapes to cabinetry. These items are considered incidental damage and are the customer's responsibility to repair. In most cases, cabinets can be easily repaired with a cabinet touch-up kit.
  • Make certain to have an adult over age 18 on hand who can make decisions and approve all countertop details.

Installation

Before Installation
The day before installation, your installer will call you to confirm time of arrival. Be sure to disconnect and remove your old countertop, sinks, cooktop, appliances, etc. prior to installation. We suggest you schedule a plumber and electrician for the day following installation so they can reconnect plumbing and wiring as required. In some areas, The Home Depot can provide these services for you for an additional charge. Ask your store associate for details.

Installing new countertops is a construction process, and some noise and dust should be expected. If you'll be living in your home while your new countertops are being installed, plan accordingly to minimize disruption.

For areas directly affected by the installation:

  • Cover the installation area's entryways and vents to contain dust and debris.
  • Create a clear path through your home for easy access to the installation area and for removal of debris.
  • Cover furniture and floors along this path and in areas adjacent to the installation.
  • Remove all items from cabinets.
  • Move all breakables, such as lamps, vases, mirrors, wall hangings, antiques or other valuables, from areas affected by installation work.

During Installation
On installation day, our licensed, insured installers will be on time, courteous and efficient. They'll have everything they need to install your new countertop. Just meet these simple requirements:

  • Make certain to have an adult over age 18 with authority to make installation decisions on hand during installation.
  • For safety, keep children and pets away from the construction area.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your sink fits the base cabinet.

Our installers will:

  • Install the countertop. If countertop seams are required, the installer will decide where to place them for the best appearance. (Stone countertops have visible seams. Acrylic countertops have inconspicuous seams.)
  • Install a standard backsplash. (Note: If the job order includes a high backsplash, it is usually a two-part process on stone surfaces to complete the installation. The high backsplash will be measured after installation of the deck. The backsplash will be installed approximately one week later. Upper cabinets and range hood/microwave combinations must be installed prior to measurement for the high backsplash. This process allows for the best fit.)
  • Clean the immediate area and leave the job site in "broom-clean" condition.
  • Give you a card that explains care and maintenance of your new countertop.
  • Complete the warranty card and mail it. (For many countertops, you have the option of providing warranty information online. See the warranty card for the URL.)
  • Ask you to sign a statement confirming your satisfaction with the quality, fit and damage-free condition of your new countertop.

Unexpected Site Conditions
In almost all cases, the final estimate you receive will accurately reflect the condition of the installation site, and it won't be necessary to adjust cost or schedule. Occasionally, however, we discover conditions (water or termite damage, electrical or plumbing problems) during installation that must be addressed before we can complete the installation. These conditions may require additional labor and materials.

If The Home Depot cannot supply the necessary labor, you may need to hire another contractor to perform that portion of the work before we can complete your installation.

After Installation
If properly cared for, your new countertop will give you years of good service. Please review the care and maintenance information for your new countertop, and note the following guidelines:

  • If you haven't already, arrange for a plumber and/or electrician to reconnect plumbing or wiring as required.
  • We recommend that you use cutting boards and/or trivets to protect your new kitchen countertop from cuts, heat sources, etc.
  • Placing hot pots, pans or plates directly on the countertop is not recommended.

If you have any questions about the installation process, we're ready to help. Call your sales associate at The Home Depot store.

 
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