If the measurement process went well, installation should be relatively quick with the longest time spent on items like sinks or cooktops.
Note: The key to an EASY installation is good planning. Please see our measuring tips.
Step 1 - Inspection
- Inspect the crate BEFORE you sign the shipping documents.
- Indicate any damage to the crate as you sign. Failure to do so may forfeit your ability to claim shipping damage. Our wood crates are made just for your project and have not been used before. Therefore, any visible damage should be noted.
Step 2 - Unpack and plan
- Use clean gloves to prevent fingerprints from etching or staining the metal.
- Smaller, stand alone sections can be positioned right away.
- Sections that bolt together or have sink cutouts should be your primary focus
- Check the fit of these sections and identify how you will tighten the draw bolts that hold multiple sections together. Occasionally it is necessary to cut through a cabinet top to access the draw bolts.
Step 3 - Attach sink(s) before securing countertop
- It is a much easier job to secure a sink to a countertop before you put the countertop in place.
- Turn countertop upside down and position sink. Make sure you have the front of the sink matching the front of the countertop. Secure the sink as necessary using a waterproof caulk or sealer where the sink meets the countertop.
- Drill faucet or other holes. Zinc is a soft metal (softer than copper) and most hole saws or drills that can be used on wood will work with our countertops. If possible, choose a hole saw and NOT a spade bit for larger openings. As with most laminate products, it is best to go through the laminate first and the wood second.
- Attach faucets and other hardware. Again, it is much easier to do this before installing the countertop but, depending on your situation, this may need to happen after it is in place.
Step 4 - Caulk and tighten seams
- Use a waterproof caulk (clear or gray work well with zinc) to cover the wood at each joint. You may also want to caulk any edges that abut walls.
- Insert the biscuits (little wooden ovals) into one of the sections, slide the two sections together.
- Once in position, insert draw bolts in recesses and tighten.
Step 5 - Secure to cabinets
- Choose the right length screws and don't bury them in the wood by over-tightening. The last thing you want to do at this point is to have a screw tip come through the countertop.
- Secure the sections to the cabinets.
- Clean excess caulk and remove any dust. Keep the countertops covered or protected if other work is being done in the home.
- Many walls are not straight and this creates a challenge if the countertop is straight.
- Indicate which walls are not straight on the measurements and we can build the tops with a scribe strip - a small piece of wood that can be removed from the edge of the countertop resulting in a small overhang of metal. You can then use a utility knife to create a small notch in the wall for the metal to slide into.
- If a tile or similar backsplash will be installed after the countertop, it may not be critical to get a tight fit at the countertop. Often, the thickness of the tile will hide this gap.
Spots, fingerprints and other marks
- Things happen. Try the following and send us a picture if you have something really persistent.
- First, try to use a soft rag and lacquer thinner to remove any mark
- Second, if the the countertop has a matte finish, try a dab of Brasso
- Last, use a red scotch pad and an orbital sander.
- In each of these cases, work cautiously to try and avoid re-working the entire project.