Hello all. I am in the midst of a kitchen remodel and wanted to hear
about your stainless steel countertop installation nightmares or
problems or gotchas. I hope to avoid as many problems as possible and
the more I hear about from your experiences, hopefully the more I can
avoid. I have purchased some very high end cabinets and just want to
try and minimize any damage from the countertop guys installation to my
cabinets, or visa versa. Thank you in advance. Please dual post here
and email if you like.
I'd expect the nightmare to begin once you start living with it. Just look
at it the wrong way and it will be blemised. I sell custom Formica tables
and customers often ask about laminating a sheet of SS for a top. I say
fine, but, you'll have to buy a piece of glass to go on top, because I won't
be able to do anything for you when its all dented and marked up a week
As soon as you figure out stainless will not have a mirror finish you
will be fine. The scratches eventually just become a brushed finish. I
just ordered my stainless in brush finish in the first place. If you
have 18 or 20 guage it won't dent, particularly if the base is solid.
Mine is 3 years old now and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have a
25x25 sliding maple work surface that is easy to lift out to clean,
the rest is stainless.
The whole countertop, sink cooktop ring and backsplash was fabbed up
in one piece so water can't go anywhere but down the sink.
Be sure it is bonded electrically !
Thanks to all so far who have responded.
I am not sure I follow, "Be sure it is bonded electrically" ... "it" is
what is throwing me. Is there some electrical installation element
that needs to be watched out or considered any differently than what a
certified electrician and plumber will be doing when they install my
new appliances? Thanks again for all of the feedback. It doesn't
sound like anyone had any major installation problems. Since the
cabinetry is high end, I just wanted to be sure the installation
process itself didn't include some gotchas that could have been avoided.
If you have a stainless countertop be sure it gets grouned/bonded so
it wiill not get energized by anything like a bad toaster or a
My cooktop is in the stainless countertop so I have it bonded to the
EGC of that circuit. (not the neutral ... before you ask)
It is also bonded to the EGC of the small appliance circuits.
Thank you. That is what I thought you meant, but I wanted to be sure.
I will pass along to my electrician and make sure it gets grounded.
Again, thanks all. It doesn't sound like there were any installation
nightmares which resulted in damaged cabinets and that's good.
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