Getting a new granite countertop is a very easy process, but we want you to understand the details of it, so we prepared this handout.

This will help you know what to expect throughout the process.

Additionally, we will gladly answer any questions you may have…

Just call us @ 908 696 3700

Easy A-B-C Process

A. Free Estimate


Please measure the width, length, and depth of the countertops and:

We need dimensions and the rough layout of your kitchen. With a simple drawing and measurements, including your sink location, your cooking surface, and backsplash so we can provide you with the most accurate written estimate possible.

If you do not need a granite backsplash and are doing tile just let us know. This helps to give us a realistic idea of what your countertops will cost.

This price will be subject to change after template, depending on your final measurements and material selections.

The more detailed the drawing – the more accurate your initial estimate will be.

B. Scheduling a Template

Once you have received an estimate from us and have made your final decisions on the details we will schedule a template date.

What is the template?

A template is an exact pattern-insuring a precise fit for your custom countertops.  We will come to your home to create the template. The next day we measure, we could begin the fabrication process. That is why we need to have all the final details in place before the template.

Pre-Template Checklist

  • Countertops cleared
  • Have sink
  • Have faucet
  • Have cooktop and downdraft, or stove on site. Check your cooktop / downdraft combination to be sure it will fit in your cabinet. They rarely fit in the standard 24” cabinet against the wall.
  • Cabinets are completely set in place and level *
  • Old countertops don't have to be removed in most cases
  • 50% deposit < we accept: cash, personal check, certified check > (if we have all the details set and a deposit we can start fabricating next day).

* Cabinets include end panels, refrigerator panels, decorative doors, drawer pulls, panels and any other item that will affect the shape or overhang of your countertops.

** We want to get the best possible fit to the wall if you choose to have no backsplash or a low profile backsplash. We will call you the day before your scheduled template date to confirm your appointment please advise us at this time if you will not be ready, as we will need to reschedule. Any changes made after this point may result in a delay in your project.


All appliances that will be placed in the countertop (including sink, faucet, cooktop, downdraft, stove and accessories) MUST be on site at time of template. Other appliances including dishwashers and refrigerators should be on site to insure proper countertop measurement.

Post Template Wrap-up

Corbels, Brackets or Steel Supports may be required where countertops extend beyond the cabinet. All supporting structures (e.g. cabinets, columns, pedestals, etc.) must be installed prior to time of templating (except for corbels). Corbels should be on site for templating and can be installed as soon as possible after we install your countertops.

C. The Installation

Our process takes from 3-5 business days, from the time that we have a deposit and picked out color of material.
The installation typically takes 2-4 hours.

Pre-Installation Checklist:

  • Have sink
  • Have faucet
  • Old countertop removed < if we do removal, have plumbing disconnected >
  • Items in lower cabinets removed to protect them
  • Have cooktop and downdraft, or slide in stove on site
  • Schedule plumber to reconnect plumbing the next day after installation
  • Schedule hook up of stove or gas after installation

A word about seams!

It is our philosophy to have as few seams as possible and to give utmost consideration to the placement of seams.

Input from the customer on seam placement is welcomed. We will attempt to accommodate the customer's wishes where possible.

Some factors that inform seam location:

  • Size of countertop
  • Layout of the project
  • Consideration of WEIGHT, HANDLING, LOCATION LOGISTICS of moving pieces into your home (size of doors, elevators, hallways, etc.)


NJ GRANITE standard procedure for undermount sinks is to have a 1/8" to 1/4" overhang on the bowl, this is called a negative reveal. Deviation from this standard procedure if requested by the customer requires a signed request for custom labor. Aesthetics, hygiene and engineering factors are the reasons for NJ GRANITE standard negative reveal installation.

** Schedule your plumber's appointment for the day after your countertop installation in order to allow the adhesives to set.

The Manufacturing Process

NJ GRANITE can remove your old countertops and dispose of them for an additional cost. Please ask us to include this in your quotation. If you purchase removal services of countertops from us, we will remove and haul away your old countertops.
We will not tear out remove or dispose of any of the tile backsplash, appliances, cabinets, etc., nor disconnect your gas.

If we are removing your existing countertops, you will need to have the cook top disconnected prior to our arrival. Our service does not include repair or replacement of moldings and trim that are affected by the tear-out or installation of the new countertops.

We are not responsible for any gas, plumbing or electrical work required to complete the installation of your new countertops. Although rare, unforeseen conditions can appear as tear-out is completed. You will be notified immediately if any of these are discovered.
NJ GRANITE does not provide any additional labor needed to repair your cabinets or walls.

If you have existing countertops and have not paid NJ GRANITE for removal please be sure to have all work completed prior to our arrival for new countertop installation.


Cabinets that sit directly on your countertops (appliance garages and bread boxes) should be on site but NOT installed prior to template.

Cooktop downdrafts require three full inches of material behind it (excluding the thickness of the backsplash). Standard 24" cabinets can rarely accommodate a cooktop & downdraft combination. Please check your design carefully.

Dishwasher attachment: Dishwasher must be in place. Most modern dishwashers can be attached to the cabinetry rather than the countertop. Your plumber can take care of that when he hooks up your dishwasher. If the dishwasher must be mounted onto the countertop, NJ GRANITE will attach it for you.

Protecting your kitchen items:

  • Clear all items away from the lower cabinets
  • Please take the appropriate precaution to protect any sensitive items
  • Remove or protect items in adjacent areas

Installation conditions require clear and easy access from the street to the project area.

Visible unpainted cabinetry may be noticeable after your countertop is installed. This usually occurs when older Formica countertops are removed. Installing trim that matches your cabinets below the countertop line can hide this however this is not part of NJ GRANITE service.

If for any reason, you need to cancel your scheduled installation appointment, please give two (2) day’s notice so we can reschedule you efficiently and quickly.