Creating Kitchen Worktops of Your Dreams
Having new kitchen worktops will update the feel of your food preparation area, even if you don’t choose to change your cabinets at the same time.
Removing old worktop surfaces is relatively simple Ian’s Property Maintenance‘s team of kitchen fitters, who have years of experience in installations in every type of kitchen.
The principles are the same for fitting a kitchen worktop as installing a new room layout. In our latest blog, we are going to look in-depth at installing worktops.
Laminate worktops are the most straightforward to install, as they can be cut exactly to size which works around awkward spaces or corners.
Using a spirit level we will make sure everything is level before starting work, ensuring your worktops are straight and nothing is jutting up that will make your new worktop sit poorly or wobble.
Kitchen Fitters Guide to Installing Worktops
Here is our five-step guide to how we install worktops –
- Take Measurements – It is best to have an accurate idea of how much worktop you will need. For example, if your kitchen cabinets don’t extend right up to the wall of the room, you will need a worktop to overhang the edge of them.
We would recommend allowing between 10 and 20mm of overhang when sizing the amount needed, but you can reduce the degree of overhang when the worktop is being fitted (if required).
- Scribe Your Worktop – Unless your kitchen’s walls are exceptionally regular, the wall the worktop will sit against will be slightly uneven which means gaps will need to be filled in. This process is known as scribing, which means trimming the back edge of the work surface to the wall’s shape.
Once the worktop is the best position and the overhang at the front of the kitchen cabinets is equal at either side, remember it can be slightly more than you need.
Using a tape measure our kitchen fitters will figure out the biggest gap between the rear of the work surface and the wall then saw off a small block of wood to this dimension.
We will then place a length of masking tape that runs entirely down the back edge of the worktop being scribed.
A line needs marking out when we cut the back of the work surface, ensuring the line exactly matches the undulations of your wall which gives us the ideal shape to trim off with a jigsaw. We can also use a sander to remove any small sections from the back of the worktop too.
- Cutting Worktop to Length – Now the front to back dimensions of your worktop has been scribed, the worktop needs cutting so that its left-right length is correct.
To saw a straight line through the worktop without damaging the laminate at the surface, we will mark a line in pencil with a ruler and shield the line using masking tape so it can still be seen.
Scoring a line with a craft knife along the pencil mark, with the groove making it easier to saw off the unwanted section of worktop and not cracking the laminate. Our installers will avoid sawing the worktop over your cabinet as this may damage them. If the side of the worktop needs it, we will cut a laminate strip and glue it in place to avoid any unsightly edges.
- Fixing the Worktop to the Sub-Structure – To fit kitchen worktops accurately they need to be attached to the cabinets beneath them properly. When the worktop is connected to the cabinet frames below, pressure needs to be applied from above using a G-clamp. From the underneath the work surface, we will screw a fixing bracket into the cabinet frame, so the bracket sits on the underside of the worktop. A screw now needs adding between the bracket and the work surface with this process repeated with a new fixing bracket roughly every 30cm at both the front and the back.
- Going Around Corners – Some kitchen designs will require extending your worktops around the ninety-degree turn. We will achieve this using a joining strip and be designed to slip over the end of side of the worktop. Applying silicone sealant onto the edge of the worktop then pushing the strip into position, ensuring it matches the joining strip design. When the worktop is cut to size more silicone will be applied to the front section which will face the first one with this section slipping into the other of the joining strip. Now the two workshops will meet at right angles to one another with the joining strip connecting them seamlessly.