Many homeowners are accomplished DIY enthusiasts who over the years have enjoyed and relished the opportunity to save cash and have the complete satisfaction of demonstrating their skill when it comes to home maintenance.
However, Is it a realistic proposition for an experienced DIY enthusiast to install natural stone countertops?
1. Measuring the space for your new countertop
Most of us are familiar with the saying measure twice and cut once, when it comes to measuring natural stone countertops there is very little margin for error. Measurements need to be precise and when I say precise, I mean precise.
If your measurements are not precise you will experience unbelievable problems with the installation of your new stone countertops. Unlike other materials, stone such as granite is immensely hard and cannot be trimmed easily on site (in your kitchen).
2. Specialist tools
Regardless of your DIY abilities it is unlikely you will have the specialist tools to complete an installation of a stone countertop.
Most proficient DIY enthusiasts do not keep a stock of diamond tipped drill bits and diamond saw blades in their tool kits. Diamond tipped tools required to cut stone countertops are expensive.
Commercial grade power tools are not strong enough for cutting hard stone countertops. The average branded power drill will not be able to handle the rigors of drilling through granite or quartz.
3. Maneuvering the countertop
Maneuvering dense rock takes skill and knowledge to give you some idea of the weight of natural stone countertops a 30mm quartz countertop weighs in at approximately 90kg or close to 190 pounds per square meter. This equates to the average countertop weighing a quarter of 1 ton.
4. Damaging the countertop
One major consideration for the DIY enthusiast is if you can install a natural stone countertop without damage. When I talk about damage I am specifically talking about the countertop.
Although natural stone such as granite and quartz are extremely tough materials that will last a lifetime in your kitchen. You also need to appreciate that before the stone is laid on its foundation in your kitchen it is susceptible to damage.
When it comes to torsion or twisting of natural stone you will find the countertop is unforgiving and prone to damage such as breaking.
It is also very easy to scratch and chip natural stone before it has been installed and sealed professionally.
5. Industrial adhesives and solvents
There is more to the installation of natural stone countertops than would be expected. You will need to purchase industrial grade adhesives and solvents for the installation of the countertop.
You will also need a complete understanding of how to apply the adhesives. How and when to use the solvents and familiarize yourself with the materials safety data sheet for the handling of potentially dangerous products.
6. Living with a damaged countertop
One of the biggest considerations a DIY enthusiast should consider is that if the installation of the natural stone countertop is damaged during fitting would you be happy to live with chips or scratches on the countertop?
Considering that you have purchased the countertop to enhance the appearance of your home and not forgetting the expense of the countertop, a damaged countertop will bug you every time you see it.