4 Things to Keep in Mind Following Your Countertop Installation

Hands Off!

Following a countertop installation in Sioux Falls, as soon as the installers leave, it’s tempting for a homeowner to climb on their island and jump for joy, thrilled that this gorgeous product is finally in their home. While jumping for joy is definitely encouraged, it’s best not to do that while standing on the stone. In fact, if possible, it’s best to avoid touching the stone altogether. Depending on the installer’s methods, it’s possible that silicone was used to sandwich the countertops to the cabinets. If this is the case, and the installer lifted the stone to place silicone glue between the two materials, then even the slightest bump can move the stone before the glue sets, leading to off-set measurements. After all the hard work that the installers put into ensuring precision, it would be a shame for that to go to waste. Silicone glue takes time to dry, so homeowners are advised to wait 6-8 hours before placing items on their countertops, and by that point they should be clear to start cooking.

Hands Off the Sink, Especially

6-8 hours is enough for the stone pieces to set, but depending on how the sink was installed, it might require up to 24 hours of curing time. Homeowners are advised to ask their installers for specific instructions regarding sink followup.

Seal Accordingly

Some countertop materials require the application of a sealer regularly, while others never need to be sealed. Take engineered quartz as an example. This stone is a composite of several natural stone materials bound together with polymer resin. The result is a usually uniform, entirely poreless product. Because of its powerlessness, no sealer will ever penetrate through its surface – nor will any other liquid that’s promptly wiped clean, so there’s no use in sealing engineered quartz. Similarly, granite materials like Nero Assoluto, while not technically 100% non-porous, is incredibly dense, so much so that a sealer won’t penetrate. Aside from that particular material, granites are found in a spectrum of porousness, with some requiring only an initial sealer that the manufacturer applies, others requiring a ceiling once every few years, and others requiring one a few times per year. With marble countertops, most materials require a sealer to be applied at least bi-annually. In all cases, homeowners are advised to speak to their stone provider for information on their particular material before moving forward with the sealing.

Enjoy!

Now that those points are out of the way, the only responsibility left for homeowners is the full enjoyment of their new countertops! After all the planning, investment, and focus put into the renovation project, homeowners surely deserve at least that.