Silestone, Corian and Other Worktops

Well, the wall units are up, the base systems are fitted and also you’re most likely stood there, tools at the ready as well as chewing at the bit to fit your new worktops. You can now yell back right into the living room, “We’ll see who’s bloody worthless”. After that throughout the day, throw in a number of those old DIY-disaster favourites; “Rome had not been constructed in a day y’ recognize” and “when you’re a nit-picker it takes a bit longer than normal”.

It’s likewise valuable to include a number of technical terms that no one else will certainly comprehend however will certainly make you look excellent – as in “The wall contours are misaligned but I can get around that”. These might have the wanted result as well as permit you to restore some form of regard from your household – in either case you have my sympathies as well as I really hope that by reading this next write-up your troubles will certainly quickly more than.

The devices to use

Worktops are offered in a variety of products but for this article I will be concentrating on the installation of laminate tops as they are one of the most widely utilized. For materials such as, granite, corian as well as stainless steel that are fitted by professionals, this will be a beneficial reference, as templating is required for them all and many of the policies for the installation of laminate tops will be ideal.

Right here are the tools you will need for the installment of laminate tops


  • jigsaw
  • Round saw
  • Plane or Electric planer
  • Mix Square
  • 2 Saw Equines
  • Clamps
  • Worktop Template (for Mitres).
  • 1/2 inch Router as well as straight blade.
  • Masking Tape 50mm broad.
  • Silicone Sealer of a best match colour.
  • 10mm spanner.
  • Worktop screws.
  • Data.
  • Varnish or PVA Adhesive (for cut-outs).
  • Tape.
  • Pencil.
  • Compass.
  • Tin of call adhesive.
  • Protective wear (safety glasses, dust mask etc.).

Step up!

It is very important to keep an even overhang from the front edge of the cabinets and this is the target to go for in the correct installation of all worktops. As an instance, a 600mm worktop needs to overhang a 560mm closet by 40mm. It may not constantly be feasible to achieve excellence in this regard and also + or – 5mm serves. For the function of this post I will certainly assume a three-sided application that requires two worktop joints is required.

Make a decision first which way the joints ought to run. Bear in mind at this stage to stay clear of joint distance to a sink anywhere feasible. Each worktop quartz worktop uk should be cut 50mm oversize as well as, when taking into consideration the 20mm overhang called for at the end of the closets, you ought to include 70mm to total cabinet size.

Guaranteeing an also overhang.

Following task is to scribe the worktop to fit the elevation to which it is to be mounted. You have to initially scribe the depth (front to back) if fitted up versus a wall. Remember initially to inspect you have an also overhang along its size and if at this phase if the overhang is above what is needed as a result of unevenness along the wall surface size, do not stress, this will be dealt with following.

To scribe the worktop, I find that a compass offers the very best results, especially the older type steel one with a long unobstructed point. You might purchase them at a good stationers yet I locate they are best gotten from your youngsters’s pencil case. Concealing tape will confirm very useful if your worktop is a dark colour yet I use it each time now no matter the color as I discover that when reducing along a pencil line applied directly to the job top, the sawdust emitted by the jigsaw tends to get rid of the line.

So the worktop is in location with an also overhang and also you have actually used concealing tape along the deepness to be scribed. You need to now open up the compasses pencil and point to match the widest void in between the worktop and wall surface. Transfer this to the worktop by running the compass along the wall surface maintaining it parallel hence leaving a pencil line on the concealing tape. You are currently entrusted the form of the wall transferred to the worktop as well as this needs to be reduced with a jigsaw unless it is so minimal that a plane will certainly be enough.

Obviously all the above can be disregarded if your wall surfaces are rather straight and flush yet in my experience this is a rarity as well as your very own judgement will certainly tell you whether the gap left is acceptable or otherwise. My very own yardstick for a wall surface to worktop maximum void would certainly be no greater than 3mm.