Remodelling your kitchen can both be a strenuous and expensive venture. The process of getting new materials and paying for labour will undoubtedly cost you many bucks. So the best way to save money is to DIY your countertop removal. Besides, the installation requires less effort and assistance.
Also, if you are upgrading from laminate to tiles, then you have to remove the kitchen countertop first. A countertop is plywood or particle board attached to the cabinet top. After you remove the countertop, you’ll get a surface that is ideal for new tile or laminate installation.
Should I hire a professional for kitchen countertop removal?
The challenge of hiring a professional or not for your countertop depends on the countertop material. Laminate countertop is easier to remove as it’s a lighter material. Heavier stone materials such as quartz and granite, on the other hand, are strenuous to remove hence require a professional.
According to Freedonia Group report, global countertops demand will rise to 2.6% per annum globally to 540 million square meters in the year 2023. The report adds that solid surface countertops are the most popular and engineered quartz material is the most popular in Australia’s modern homes.
Also, if it’s your first DIY task, then it’s best to call a professional as countertop removal requires intermediate DIY skills, and their absence could result in the cabinet, sink or plumbing damage.
Procedure for removing kitchen countertops
Tools for The Job
- Clear your Working Area
Remove any countertop appliances or accessories from your working area. Move the items in the lower shelving and drawers to give you easy access to your countertop. Also, remember to clear food, utensils, and other items in the working area to avoid food contamination and ensure safety.
- Disconnect Supply Lines to Countertop Fixtures
After clearing your work area, your next task is to disconnect all supply lines. Disconnect the water and drain lines to the sink. Also, put a bucket beneath the pipes to catch any leaking water. Don’t forget to cover and turn off your electric sockets.
- Remove The Sink
Use a chisel to separate the sink from the countertop. The sink contains a dried adhesive and mortar under its rim that makes it hard to remove it. Spray a caulk softener to loosen the adhesive and lift the sink slowly and carefully, taking extra care to prevent sink and surrounding areas damage.
- Work On the Remaining Adhesive
During installation, your countertop contains less caulk sealing. However, over time more caulk is added to protect it against water damage.
To remove your countertop easily:
- Spray the adhesive that surrounds your countertop edges with a caulk softener and leave it for an hour.
- Use a putty knife to remove the adhesive from the wall
- Pry your pry bar lowly underneath the countertop until its loose for easier lifting.
- Remove The Countertop
Check underneath your cabinets to find out the items used to hold it in place. If they are screws, use a screwdriver to unfasten them then lift the sink slowly taking care to prevent damage to your cabinet.
If nails, brackets, or additional adhesive materials hold your kitchen countertop in place, then use a pry bar to work your way up slowly on the different sides of the counter till you remove it. Don’t use excessive force as it can damage your cabinet.
For larger or heavier cabinets, you may need to cut them down to small manageable pieces. Use a reciprocating saw and wear safety goggles and a dust mask when cutting the larger countertops.
- Dispose of the Old Countertop
Once you remove your countertop, it’s time to lift and dispose of it. It’s much easier if two people undertake this task. Remove the countertop and seek the services of roll-off dumpsters as most curbs don’t accept this kind of garbage.
- After the countertop removal, several nails will stick out at the bottom of your countertop. Using a hammer, bend them to prevent an accident if someone accidentally steps on the nails.
- Get all the tools in advance before removing your countertop
- Seek a professional’s help when necessary
- When lifting the countertop away from its base, always seek an extra hand
After dumping your old countertop in the dustbin, it’s the right time to kitchen seek countertop installation services. It’s best not to DIY countertop installation, especially if you’d love a beautiful countertop for your kitchen.
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