Granite or Quartz Countertop Templating Process
Much of the time, more expensive countertops, such as quartz and granite, require a template with a Arcadia kitchen or bathroom remodel. Fabricators want to ensure the material is cut properly the first time, and they would prefer to do the cutting at the fabrication shop. This also helps minimize dust in your home.
There are really two options that fabricators use to create a countertop template: digital or stick. The digital method uses a portable computer to record measurements taken by a laser. The stick method uses corrugated plastic or 1/4-inch wood strips and hot clue to create the template.
The stick method is considered the "old school" method, while the digital template is more innovative and utilizes newer technology. It may be that more fabrication shops will use digital rather than the stick method because it's more accurate, faster, and much more efficient for the whole fabrication process.
Granite and Quartz Countertop Template Preparation
If you are going to utilize your existing cabinets the digital template is the way to go!
By using the digital template process, the template can be created with the old countertop still in place. This can be beneficial to the homeowner. Specifically, you will still have a kitchen sink to use while waiting for the new countertop installation.
If you are purchasing new cabinets they must be fastened to the floor before templating to insure that they will not be bumped and moved out of place.
After the template is created for your countertop, your new quartz or granite countertop will most likely be installed on average ten days later.
Countertop Templating Options
So which is better: a digital template or a stick template?
Most Arcadia homeowners agree that a digital template is better compared to a stick template.
Some of the benefits of a digital template include:
-- Convenience, digital template can be delivered to the fabrication shop electronically.
-- Speed, digital templates take about half the time to complete compared to stick templates.
All of your appliances, especially the dishwasher, range, and cook tops, should be onsite. Plumbing fixtures need to be available for the person creating the template. If you want to keep your old cabinets, all items on the old countertop need to be cleared and the base cabinets need to be emptied.
Some questions your fabricator will need to know prior to the template creation date include:
Your address, phone number, and contact name. Give them the number they should call approximately thirty minutes before they arrive.
The fabricator will need to know what type of stove is in your kitchen (freestanding, slide-in, cooktop). The stove should be on-site before the template is created.
The fabricator will want to know what kind of sink you have in the kitchen (undermount, drop-in, farm/apron). If the sink is farm/apron sink, the cabinet installer should have this installed in its final resting place, but plumbing should not be completed yet.
The fabricator will also want any faucets you plan to use for your project.