When it comes to the installation of porcelain countertops, careful preparation and an understanding of the process are essential. Porcelain countertops, like natural stone and quartz, require meticulous planning to ensure a successful installation. In this guide, we’ll walk you through what to expect during the installation process and how to prepare for it to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
The Installation Timeline
On average, a porcelain countertop installation for an average-sized kitchen takes approximately 2-4 hours. This timeline may vary based on the complexity of the project, the number of countertops to be installed, and other factors.
Mitered Edges and Foamboard
Porcelain countertops are typically mitered around the edges and attached to a high-tech foamboard for added support due to their thick construction. This foamboard is visible on the bottom of the countertop before installation. If the polished material is not returned along the underside of the stone, the foamboard may also be visible on the sides of the material.
Porcelain is a challenging material to cut, which is why many necessary modifications to the stone are made before installation. This ensures that installers do not need to complete any cutting in the field. However, unforeseen circumstances can sometimes arise, leading to in-field modifications. Even the smallest changes in measurements or unexpected site conditions can necessitate adjustments. In such cases, some dust may be generated on-site, so customers should be prepared to clean the area after the installation is complete.
During the countertop installation process, the sink is securely fastened in place and glued. After this step, the sink must sit overnight to allow the silicone ring to set properly. As a result, customers should expect not to have a working sink in the designated installation area for 24 hours. Plumbing connections should not be made until this time has elapsed.
Preparation Tips for Customers
Before the installation takes place, there are several key steps customers can take to ensure a smooth and efficient process:
- Clear the Countertops: Empty all drawers and clear the existing countertops of belongings. Installers need easy access to the countertops, so a clutter-free space is essential.
- Gather Integral Accessories and Appliances: Have any integral accessories and appliances on-site so that installers have all the required items for accurate measurements and cuts. This minimizes the need for return trips and ensures the installation progresses smoothly.
Installing porcelain countertops is a precise and detailed process that requires proper preparation to achieve a successful outcome. By understanding the installation timeline, the use of foamboard, the importance of mitered edges, and the need for sink setting time, you can be better prepared for the installation of your porcelain countertops.
Remember to clear your countertops, have all necessary accessories on hand, and be prepared for possible in-field modifications. With these steps in place, your porcelain countertop installation will be a seamless and stress-free experience, allowing you to enjoy the timeless beauty and durability of your new countertops for years to come. For any further inquiries or to schedule your porcelain countertop installation, reach out to us at AGS Stone.