Removing Ceramic Countertops
If you’re feeling like your ceramic countertops are a bit outdated, you’re probably right. Ceramic countertops are a thing of the past. If you want to create a more modern kitchen, one of the first things you’ll want to do is replace those ceramic countertops. Before you start removing ceramic countertops to replace them, however, you must first understand their construction.
Ceramic Countertop Construction
Typically, ceramic countertops consist of three layers:
- The ceramic tile surface
- A cement board underlayment
- A plywood subdeck
The plywood sub-deck is fastened onto the cabinets with nails or screws. You’ll need to be very careful when removing ceramic countertops to keep from damaging the cabinets underneath. This oftentimes means that the countertops will have to be removed layer by layer.
Removing Ceramic Counters
Removing ceramic countertops will begin with chiseling out the grout that is used between the tiles. Grout is a type of mortar that cements everything together. Therefore, it must be removed before attempting to remove the ceramic tile. Once the grout is fully removed, the process of hammering and breaking tiles to remove them begins. Or, a specialized tile removal tool that chisels under the tile to remove it can be used instead. Once all of the tiles are removed, the backer board and plywood need to be removed in preparation for your new granite countertops.
Finally, if you choose to remove ceramic countertops yourself, wearing safety goggles is key. Goggles will protect your eyes from flying dust and debris.
Now that demo is complete, it’s time to have new countertops installed. There are several countertop options available. Many people select granite since it is such a naturally beautiful material. If you are considering a granite countertop, our showroom has several options available for you to choose from. Often times, our crew can install your new granite countertops in as little as one day.