DIY: How to install a laminate countertop

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High quality laminate countertops are making a big come-back – not only because of their durability and affordability, but also because they can compete in the looks department even when they’re up against expensive, imported materials! From granite like laminate to laminate countertops patterned to look like Carrera marble, home and business owners are seeing the true charm of exceptional kitchen and bathroom countertops at a fraction of the price. If you’re into DIY, you can save even further by installing them yourself after they arrive from the manufacturer!

  1. Use a 4-foot level to spot any cabinet level issues. Place shims between the countertop and cabinet if there is a slight unevenness, and between the cabinet and the floor if it is more pronounced.
  2. Using sawhorses for support, place your countertop sections upside down with the angled ends facing each other. Be sure to protect the other side of the countertop with old blankets or cloth.
  3. Once supported, apply adhesive caulk to the angled ends and join the sections together. Using I-bolts placed into the notches along the mitered edges and a framing square against the outer edge of the countertop, tighten the join. Wipe away any excess caulk that seeps through.
  4. Turn the countertop right side up and move it into position above the cabinets, pressing tightly against the wall. If the sink area has not been precut, trace your template of your sink onto the laminate. Move the countertop back to the work area and cut out the tracing using a jigsaw, keeping the countertop well supported.
  5. Place your countertop back on top of the cabinets, placing shims on top of the corner braces inside the cabinets if required.
  6. Drill pilot holes through the cabinet corner braces into the bottom of the countertop to two-thirds of the countertop thickness. Connect the countertop to the cabinets using 1 1/4 –inch wood screws.
  7. If you are also attaching a laminate backsplash, apply adhesive caulking along the wall above the countertop as well as along the back edge of the countertop. Firmly push the backsplash onto the wall and countertop, wiping away any excess caulking.
  8. Apply a bead of clear silicon caulk along the joint between the backsplash and the wall as well as the bottom of the backsplash and the countertop.

Protective, stylish laminate countertop edging options 

At Kuehn Bevel, we specialize in manufacturing high quality laminate countertop edging options that deliver the perfect finishing touches to your design. Expertly manufactured to your specifications using a wide range of edging options and laminate products, we deliver a result that enhances your design, protects your countertops and looks great.

From the ideal Formica edges and granite like laminate to backsplashes and wood profiles, we do it all. Please contact us today and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers for more information.

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