Granite countertops are very popular in recent years due to their beauty, durability
and increased cost effectiveness of the material after China entered the global
stone market. However, granite could also add significant expense to a kitchen remodeling project.
Still, the granite slab tends to be more expensive than the same size countertop
fabricated in Formica or tile, but the labor for granite countertop installation is
by far a big factor in added expense. Unless you can install a granite countertop yourself, you need to hire
a professional granite contractor to do the installation for you. That can be
Installing granite countertops
Unlike many other home improvement projects, you shouldn't attempt to install granite countertops yourself, unless you've already worked
as a professional granite installer. For one thing, many of the fine details of granite installation are done at the job site,
such as cutting the sink hole, faucet hole, and any dispensers you plan to add. Plus if you were to break the granite, you'd be out of luck.
Generally speaking, the large contractors usually have direct employees who perform the installation to
their company's standards. Smaller companies might contract out the installation job without telling you until you have a problem.
While installing a granite counter top in general is not a do-it-yourself job, there are some measures you can take to reduce the amount of labor a granite countertop installer must do to complete the job.