Each environment is different. Please consult your contractor to determine the best installation method that would work in your situation. Certain installation method may or may not affect the design or fabrication of the countertop. That is precisely why it is important that the installation method is determined by a professional installer, PRIOR to fabrication. If you are replacing an old countertop with a new wood countertop, installer may want to demo the existing countertop to see what’s underneath it to determine the best installation method.
Some brackets are pretty thick or you may have a bar height counter which could make the brackets visible to the viewer. You may prefer for the support brackets to be sitting flush to the bottom of the counter (notched into the counter). It would be good to ask ask whether your installer would take of this notching (every installer is different). Notch location is usually determined by the installer. If the installer prefers to the fabricator to notch out the back of the wood, as long as the exact location of the support bracket is decided (precise measurement required), we can router out the support bracket attachment areas (additional charges will apply).
- Will the contractor take out and dispose the old counter?
If you are replacing an old countertop and requiring for a new countertop to be installed, often what homeowners forget is to price out “demo” and “disposal”.
We already mentioned to beware of wood movement. If you are applying oil to a wood counter yourself, do this before you have it installed. Applying a finish (oil) will move the wood. You want to avoid as much wood movement as possible once the countertop is installed (even though wood will most definitely constantly move). Also, we advise you to oil the back too so that both sides are absorbing moisture at the same rate. Depending on how dry your home is, apply oil periodically. If the surface looks dry (dried areas will tend to look whiter than moist areas), apply an oil finish to prevent the wood from warping and cracking. You never want to see a butcher block counter looking sad like this…