Granite is a beautiful material to use for your kitchen and bathroom countertops. Many people, however, underestimate just how difficult granite is to install once it is purchased. Many homeowners believe that this is a project that they can take on themselves. If you have experience installing granite countertops, then perhaps you can take on this task. If, however, you are like most homeowners with no experience in this area, you should use a professional to ensure that it is installed properly.
One of the first reasons that you should hire a professional to install your granite counter tops is that everything has to be perfectly in place in order for the counter top to fit correctly. Unlike other types of countertops that can be placed on top of your space and glued into place, granite is very heavy and requires additional support. Professionals will install rebar and other supports to ensure that the granite doesn't break because of the weight. These supports have to be completely level or else the granite will be unstable. The proper supports to be used are determined based on the weight and thickness of the granite slab. These are best chosen by a builder rather than a laymen.
Another reason you should use a professional to install your granite countertops is the expense involved. When you are talking about a piece of stone that costs around a thousand dollars, you don't want to leave anything to chance. The slightest miscalculation can lead to costly mistakes. When you hire a professional for installation, they assume any costs that occur from a mistake. It is better to have that type of protection and pay a bit more for installation than it is to do it yourself and have to eat the entire cost of the granite should you make a mistake.
Granite is a stone that will last a lifetime once it is installed. It is beautiful and won't ever go out of style. With the high price of granite, you should always use a professional to ensure that it is installed correctly and will last the way that it should.