Installing a laminate countertop is one project you can try on your own, and this is perfect for homeowners who want to update their countertops. Laminate is available in a variety of colours and textures, so regardless of whether you want farmhouse style or prefer a contemporary design, you will be able to get exactly what you’re after.
The first and most important step when installing any countertop is to measure properly, and this is especially true if you’re having your counter pre-cut. You need to measure every aspect, including your cabinet depth, backsplash height and countertop length and the evenness of your walls. It’s also important that you consider the locations of your sink, refrigerator and stove.
You need to have all of the necessary tools for this project; otherwise, you won’t be able to install your countertop properly. Gather all of the necessary tools before you start, and make sure you have everything from fastening bolts to wood glue, a screwdriver, belt sander and jigsaw.
Once you have everything you need, you then have to:
Cut the Laminate to Fit Cabinets
Make sure you wear safety goggles and lay the countertop on a stable surface, and secure it with clamps. Use a tape measure to achieve your desired length and make a straight cutting line using a pencil, after which you must align the inside edge of your circular saw blade with the line and cut carefully. Make sure you sand or file after cutting, as this will ensure a smooth surface.
Test the Fit of Your Countertop
Do this by putting it in place and if you notice a gap along the wall, use your compass to measure the width and scribe a line on the back edge. Use your belt sander to sand the edge of the countertop for the best fit.
Cut Buildup Strips
You need to prepare the surface for installation as this will allow you to attach the countertop to the base cabinets. Make sure the cabinet drawers will clear the edge of your new laminate countertop and measure additional clearance if needed. You have to then cut buildup strips to install at each corner underneath the counter and screw down the buildup strips to attach your countertop easily.
Secure Your Countertop to the Cabinets
Position the countertop pieces on the cabinets and use caulk or construction adhesive along the top edge of the cabinets. You can then lower the countertop pieces into place and use a power drill to attach the buildup strips to the new laminate.
Seal the Area Between Your Countertop and Wall
You must use an adhesive to attach the joint between the countertop and wall. Do this once everything is attached and file any rough edges if necessary.
The experts at Art’s Countertops will provide you with more details, and we will help you select the perfect countertops for your home. Whether you are looking for granite or quartz countertops, we can help, so if you are in the Cambridge, Waterloo, or Kitchener areas, contact us today!