If you have chosen a laminate worktop for your new kitchen, you certainly have a cost effective and very attractive choice on your hands. This type of work surface also allows you to fit it yourself, so you don’t need to pay a professional like Stonetech1 to do it for you. This is where the hard work starts! Where do you begin?
Firstly, take your time! Whether it’s your first time or you’ve done this several times before, never rush a job like this, because rushing means mistakes, and mistakes mean you’re stuck with them. Instead, think baby steps, and make sure you read up on it before you even pick up a tool.
What Tools do You Need?
Generally speaking, it is useful to have the following tools and equipment handy:
- Circular saw
- Planer, you can use an electric or manual one
- Combination square
- Saw horses x 2
- Router and straight blade, 1/2 inch
- Masking tape, the 50mm wide option is best
- Silicone sealant
- Spanner, 10mm
- Bolts for the worktop
- PVA adhesive or varnish
- Contact adhesive
- Clothing protection
- Dusk mask
- Goggles/eye protection
Tips For Laminate Worktop Installation
Tip 1 – Measure it all up very carefully!
You will need a set amount of overhang when installing your worktop, and this needs to be even. For example, if you have a 600mm worktop, which is standard, then this should overhand your 560mm cabinet by 40mm on all sides, right the way across.
Tip 2 – An even overhang is vital
You then need to scribe the worktop to ensure that it fits the elevation completely. If the worktop is going to be fitted up against a wall then measure up the depth very carefully. A compass will help you scribe the worktop best, as well as using masking tape to give you a flat guide. You should apply the masking tape right across the depth which needs to be scribed.
If you have very straight walls, none of this is going to be a huge issue, but if your house is a little older, you need to pay special attention to the measuring and scribing process.
Tip 3 – Cutting the worktop very carefully
You will use a jigsaw to cut the worktop and this needs to be done with a downstroke blade. After you have cut along the line you have drawn, you should remove the masking tape and along the same wall, butt the worktop towards the flat of the wall, to check the overhang is even.
Tip 4 – Be careful when cutting joints
When you are cutting joints you need a very steady hand, and you should always cut from left to right, and begin at the post-formed edge at the front of the worktop. As you go along, always re-check the overhang, to make sure it is even at all stages.
Tip 5 – Remember to cut out any appliances, such as sinks, before sealing
Don’t forget any cut outs you need! When sealing, remember to apply a waterproof sea around the edge of the sink, using a silicone sealant, to stop any water working its way underneath the work surface, and causing issues in the future.
It isn’t possible to describe the entire laminate installation process in writing, because every kitchen is different, and therefore every installation is going to be different too. The important thing to remember is to make sure you are comfortable and confident with the process before going ahead, and to take your time, going very slowly indeed!
Always ensure you have the proper tools for the job, because using substandard tools is just going to give you a substandard end result; when you have spent cash on a work surface, you don’t want to ruin it by cutting corners in terms of what you use to install it, and how you install it.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you’re not confident, ask someone who is, or you could even actually get someone to do it for you. Your kitchen is a personal space in your house which requires care and attention – it is somewhere which is going to take a lot of stress and strain over the years, and you need your work surface to be up to the job.
January 17, 2017