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  • 1/13/2021 4:54 PM

All about custom countertops

If you are looking for a new countertop for your space, you may be considering a custom countertop. This is a great way to make your spot your own, feel unique and stand out. You can choose whatever type of stone you want, cut it how you want and make it exactly what fits your space best.

The first thing you will want to think about is what type of material you will want to go with. You have quite a few options, but going with a stone will give you the durability and longevity you are likely looking for. Plus, it is incredibly beautiful. 

When you are searching through your stone options, you can choose between man-made and natural stone. GMS custom countertops can be made with either type of stone and there are pros and cons for both. With natural stone, you will get a countertop unlike any other. Because no two slabs are the same, you never have to worry about having an identical space to someone else. It will be unique to you and your kitchen. It is durable and will last you a long time, but it is pricer than other options.

If you choose a man-made stone, you have a bit more control over the finished look. You can be more hands on about the color, texture and pattern that will be on it. It is also very durable, but you don’t have as much of a unique quality as with natural stone. 

How is it installed?

To get an idea of pricing and how much your project will cost, you can measure your countertops yourself to see an approximation of how much stone you will need. Of course, you want to hire a professional to measure correctly and install once you have decided what you are looking for. 

How they are measured is by drawing a to-scale diagram of your countertop space on graph paper. The area will be measured wall to wall, including sinks and other appliances (they are cut out from the full slab). Then, the depth is measured. Your technician will measure to leave an overhang as well as how high your backsplash goes. 

Your cabinets should be checked with a level to ensure that they are all leveled and your countertop will sit nicely on top. Wooden shims with silicone can be added to seams if they look to be a bit uneven. To attach the stone, small beads of silicone will be placed about 10 inches apart on the plywood. Then the sink is waterproofed with caulking. 

You will want to allow time for the silicone to dry, then the seams will be glued in order to prevent anything from falling in between slabs. A GMS custom countertop is the best way to find a stone that perfectly fits your space and brings in all the elements you are looking for.

A GMS custom countertop could be the perfect addition to your space to make it beautiful, unique and tie all parts of the room together. Whether you choose to go with natural stone or man-made stone, we are sure to handle the entire process with precision. Contact us today to talk about your next project, start planning and to get help deciding on what type of stone is best for your space. 

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