Countertops are one of the most visible elements in any kitchen, dining area, work space or bath and they can greatly enhance its look and functionality. While installation of countertops may be simple enough, certain materials require greater care or expertise for optimal installation due to being more fragile or durable than others; as well as more expensive varieties being best left professionally installed.

Natural stone, quartz, granite and solid surface countertops will require fabrication before they can be installed by an installer, meaning the project may take more time than an average DIY job. Therefore it is vitally important that when templating and installing your new countertops they set a clear timetable with you for their templating and installation services.

Laminate countertops are among the most popular choices because of their durability, affordability and selection. If you opt for laminate, have your contractor leave an overhang of 1 inch on any edges that don’t abut cabinets for a cleaner appearance and consider having a backsplash installed behind the sink for additional protection from spills and moisture damage.

Most people assume marble to be the most luxurious and costly type of countertop material available, yet if you do your research you may discover there are an assortment of beautiful yet more affordable marble options available on the market. Granite and quartz are other common choices as well as eco-friendly recycled options which could give your kitchen an eco-friendly boost.

Solid surface countertops combine acrylic and resin materials for durability and style, coming in an endless number of styles and colors to choose from. Resistant to most damage, stains and scratches; heatproof trivets should always be on hand in case any hot pans spill onto the counters.

Concrete countertops are another popular option when selecting countertops for their homes, with this material easily being formed on-site or prefabricated and assembled at a factory setting. Many homeowners favor concrete for its rugged yet industrial appearance while there are organic alternatives as well.

Concrete countertop installation installation by Van Countertops should always be handled by professionals. Being such a heavy material, special tools must be utilized to transport and install safely. A highly trained installer will ensure the proper mix of ingredients are used when setting up the countertop.

Have the appropriate tools and knowledge on hand will save time and money when installing countertops. Before beginning, be sure to have all your tools organized and lined up – this will reduce unnecessary trips to the hardware store while speeding up work time. When using a circular saw, be sure to line up your cut edge with its guide strip before carefully cutting each piece of countertop – after each cut make sure to sand or file down its edge for a professional finish. When installing backsplashes be sure to have build up strips ready along the backs of counters prior to beginning installation.