December 14, 2023

Preparing For Granite and Quartz Kitchen Worktops

The initial step, aside from selecting your Granite and Quartz kitchen worktops, involves templating. This critical phase is when we take all the necessary measurements.

Once you finish this process and confirm everything, we can proceed to the installation phase.

Fitted Kitchen Cabinets

Yes, ideally. For the templating process to be accurate, it’s best if the walls are free of any obstructions that might interfere with the template laser or hinder the movement of the worktops.

Given the substantial weight and sometimes cumbersome nature of these large stone pieces, unobstructed access is crucial.

However, if your kitchen refurbishment involves replacing only the worktops, it’s not necessary to remove wall units or cooker hoods to accommodate the stone worktop installation.

In cases where wall units and extractor fans are already in place and there’s a risk of damage, take measures to protect them as effectively as possible.

Prior to the arrival of the fitting team for templating, ensure that the area is clear of other tradespeople, free from dust, and devoid of items like dust sheets or kitchen utensils.

Tiling Walls

It’s generally best to leave wall tiling for the final stages of a kitchen refurbishment, except when installing a new floor.

Flooring typically comes last in a kitchen makeover, unless you need it to extend all the way to the walls, instead of just reaching the front of the base units.

To safeguard your stunning worktops from any grout splashes or tile drops during this process, it’s a good idea to cover them thoroughly with cloth, securing it with tape.


The templating stage marks the first visit to your kitchen. During this phase, a measurement system is used to ensure precise dimensions for your final worktops.

Adhering to these few guidelines can make the process run more smoothly;

  1. Remove any old worktops.
  2. Ensure the area is free from people, objects, and dust, all of which could impact the laser’s accuracy.
  3. Confirm that base units are in their final position.
  4. Have sinks, hobs, taps, sockets, and any units that interface with the surface ready for measurement, but not installed.
  5. Under-mounted sinks
  6. Wall-mounted extractor fans, including those above hobs, must be installed.
  7. Complete all plastering work, but hold off on tiling.

Addressing these points allows the fitters to measure with a precision of within 3mm. For instance, if plastering is unfinished, worktops may overhang at the front. Similarly, if sink measurements are not taken (even if the sink isn’t yet installed), the final worktop may not fit correctly when it’s time to install it.

Installation Process

Before our team at Rowe Granite arrives to install your new kitchen worktops, please ensure the following are in place:

  1. Base units are correctly positioned.
  2. The oven is set in its designated spot.
  3. Wall tiles should either not be installed yet, or if they are, protect them with newspaper and tape.
  4. Flooring can be laid beforehand if you prefer, but it will need adequate protection.
  5. Other appliances, like ‘white goods,’ can be situated in the kitchen. However, if they hinder the fitters’ work, they might need to be temporarily moved.

Rowe Granite Quartz and Granite Kitchen Worktops

Rowe Granite is always ready and willing to address any questions or concerns you might have about the selection and installation process of your new kitchen worktops.

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