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remodeling to acommodate an elderly loved one

When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

Installing A Quartz Countertop: A Step-By-Step Guide

If you are considering a quartz countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, you'll want to know what the process looks like. Quartz is a popular choice for countertops because it is durable and low maintenance. It's easy to clean and has a classic look that many homeowners find attractive.

Installing quartz countertops requires special tools and supplies, as well as careful preparation and attention to detail. Here's an outline of the main steps involved in installing quartz countertops.

Step 1: Measure & Cut

Before anything else, the installation expert will have to measure and cut the material to size. This step is crucial because the measurements need to be exact for the countertop to fit properly.

The installer will use a jigsaw, miter saw, or circular saw to make the cuts, depending on the shape of the countertop that's being installed. The jigsaw works best for cutting curves and odd shapes, while the miter saw is best for straight cuts. The installer also needs to make sure that the countertop pieces fit together seamlessly.

Additionally, it's important to pay attention to any seams between pieces of quartz since these need to be properly sealed with silicone caulk later in the installation process. If not, moisture can seep in and cause damage to the countertop over time.

Step 2: Prepare the Surface

Before the quartz can be installed, the surface where the countertop will sit must be properly prepared. This includes cleaning and sanding existing surfaces to ensure they are completely flat and smooth.

The installer also needs to check the surface for any potential issues, such as cracks, holes, or other irregularities, that need to be addressed before the countertop can be installed. Usually, these imperfections can be filled in with bonding cement or concrete. But if the surface is in bad condition, it may need more extensive repairs.

Step 3: Secure the Quartz Countertop

The last step of installation involves attaching the quartz countertop itself. This can be done by either bolting it down from underneath or using construction adhesive on top of your cabinetry or counter supports. The adhesive will need to be applied thinly and evenly across the top of the countertop. This technique helps to ensure that the quartz is secured firmly and won't move around.

Once the adhesive is in place, the installer needs to carefully lift the quartz countertop and secure it into place. This step requires strong arms for safety purposes. Remember that quartz is a heavy material that should be handled with care due to its fragility.

Once again, it's important that everything is checked for level prior to securing so that your finished product looks professional and evenly balanced when complete. 

For more information, reach out to a local service, such as Perfect Storm Renovations.