Granite is the most expensive option available for kitchen or bathroom countertops, with prices beginning at $60 a square foot. This natural stone is the hardest material used for countertops and is very durable once installed. The granite's sturdiness is a primary reason, along with its aesthetically pleasing appearance, why granite is so popular. However, while in transit, granite countertops must be properly supported or they could crack. It is possible to transport granite yourself with the right materials.
Things You'll Need
- A-frame structure or dolly
Use an A-frame wooden structure or A-frame dolly to support the stone countertop while transporting. The A-frame is used to properly support the stone and can be made yourself with wooden two-by-fours at a 10-degree angle, or you can rent one from a granite store. Horizontal boards connect the two A-frame structures where the clamps and straps will be attached.
Lean the granite against the slope part of the A-frame. The countertop should be vertical with the unpolished side edged against the support beam. The bottom edge should be placed evenly on the ground.
Tie the straps around the granite to secure it in place to the horizontal support beam with the clamps.
Transporting small bathroom countertops can be done without an A-frame. Follow the same basic rules by securing the stone while it is straight up on the unpolished side, with the bottom edge placed evenly on the floor. For example, the back seat of minivan could be left up and the granite could be propped up against it and secured in place.
Carrying the granite out of the vehicle will require two people. The granite should be vertical and supported at both ends while you carry it.
Tips & Warnings
- Some granite countertops have a cutout for the sink. The most common cutout is an undermount sink, which is usually safe to transport. Other cutouts are not and can crack. Faucet holes and drop-in-sink holes could crack while transporting, and the granite company may suggest that the holes are cut after transporting. Never lay granite flat while transporting or it could crack.
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