One of the most frequent questions we get from customers who are thinking about having a granite countertop installed in their kitchen is about the prep work they need to do before we get there. It’s a great question to ask, because there are few things more frustrating than walking into someone’s home only to see that they’re not ready for you to go to work. The prep work for a new countertop installation can cost both the homeowner and us time and money, but there’s an easy solution!

Key Preparation Steps for Granite Countertop Installation

Before we make your custom-fit granite countertop, our first step is to develop a template of your kitchen, which involves taking meticulous measurements for a virtual design or in more complicated cases, creating an actual physical template.


Creating an Accurate Template: The First Step in Your Granite Countertop Journey


What makes this easier? Having a clean kitchen. The less clutter on your countertops, the easier it will be for us to get accurate measurements of the entire kitchen, including every hole, outlet, gap, corner and more. As you can imagine, accuracy is essential – a mis-measurement can result in a bad fit, more work, and more time and money spent.

Simplify Measurements with a Clutter-Free Kitchen

Next, since you’ll probably be purchasing new hardware for your kitchen like sinks and faucets, it’s important to buy them ahead of time. It eliminates guesswork, which improves the quality of the final product. Where do you want the faucet? Will there be a soap dispenser next to it? How big will the sink be? Knowing these details before we create your custom granite countertop will make the installation go much smoother.

Enhance Quality and Accuracy: Choose Hardware in Advance

Finally, if you really want to prepare for your new granite countertop to be installed, take the items out of your drawers and lower cabinets. This will make it so much easier for proper post-installation cleanup. Why? Well, as we install this custom designed granite countertop, sliding and pushing it into place on top of your cabinets, the friction can create sawdust, and this sawdust needs somewhere to go. Gravity dictates that it’s going to fall down—into the empty top of the cabinet, into the drawers and cabinets—coating anything in there with a very light layer of sawdust. Therefore, by removing everything ahead of time, all you’ll need for clean-up is a quick wipe with a wet cloth.


Streamlining Installation: Clearing Out Drawers and Cabinets

Can we install an amazing custom-built granite countertop in a kitchen for someone without all the prep work? Of course. But our favorite customers are the ones who know that we’re trying to do the best job possible and do their part too!

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Affordable Granite Concepts is a premier granite installation and fabrication company located in Altamonte Springs. We offer one of the biggest selections of granite, quartz, and natural stone to the Orlando area at our 12,000 square foot showroom. We prioritize satisfaction, quality, and timeliness. Our ultra-fast granite fabrication process for custom granite countertops takes only 3-business days. If you’re in Central Florida, you can count on us to make your vision come to life at the best price!

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Customer testimonials

Gregory DavidGregory David
23:01 12 Aug 22
Went way over and above to take great care of us with our new granite kitchen tops! Andriza worked wonderfully with us! Her installers were great and even installed my under mount sink I bought! Highly recommend this team for any granite or quartz countertops. I couldn't be more pleased with them.
Paul DouillettePaul Douillette
22:31 04 Aug 22
Recently I remodeled my entire kitchen 8/02/22. I used Affordable Concepts for all my Quartz. I must admit that at the beginning there was a communication problem that was resolved. With the help of Walter and my account executive Sylvio all problems were resolved to my satisfaction. The fabricators were all respectful, dedicated and hardworking and the results are beautiful. Thank you all.
Alex DiBartolomeoAlex DiBartolomeo
01:58 13 Apr 22
From start to finish Walter and his team were beyond helpful. Helping pick out the perfect granite to handling every aspect of the install. Installers were kind, courteous and unbelievably professional. This company understands what customer service is all about and how to go above and beyond for the customer. If you are looking to update or remodel, Affordable Granite is the best company to go with.
Chris KraemerChris Kraemer
22:11 18 Nov 21
They did a great job every step of the way! From estimating all the way through installation. Great company!
18:51 02 Oct 21
Amazing quality and customer service! Lisandra went above and beyond even for our smaller scale project! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We will definitely be back for any future stone work we need! Thanks again!