Properly Attach Your Dishwasher to Granite Countertops
Learning how to anchor a dishwasher to granite countertops can be a simple task that will prevent a dishwasher from tipping forward when opening. Although I’ve seen several ways to anchor a dishwasher to granite, I’ll discuss only a few common methods.
Best Way To Anchor a Dishwasher to Granite
The best way to anchor a dishwasher to granite, is to mechanically fasten it. However, I can think of at least three things that come to mind that drive the method of installing a dishwasher to granite.
- Type of granite
- Your fabricator
- When the appliance gets installed
- Your Budget
Type of Granite
Firstly, lets not think that all granite colors are considered equal in durability. A good rule of thumb is, the darker the stone the denser the stone, and the lighter the stone, the softer the stone. Some granite colors are light in color and have a lot of veining. This type of granite is typically considered fragile and comes apart easily. Drilling into this type of granite to accommodate a dishwasher, increases the liability that a crack will occur.
Anchoring a Dishwasher To Granite by Drilling Into The Bottom of The Granite
When I first got into the granite business, I explored several ways to anchor a dishwasher to granite. Early on I decided to drill into the bottom of the granite and glue a wooden dowel into the hole. While using this method, I started getting phone calls that customers were getting “Blow-Out” in the front section of the edge work. This means that the front of the granite can crack or chunk out. Although this can be repaired, it can be avoided by changing the installation method on how to anchor a dishwasher to granite.
Dishwasher to Granite Using Epoxy
Mounting a dishwasher to granite with epoxy is fast and affordable. It has also proven to be rather unreliable. When using epoxy to bond a dishwasher to a granite countertop, over time, dishwashers tend to come loose from the countertop. This happens when the bond between the dishwasher brackets and countertop separate.
As a positive, mounting a dishwasher with epoxy is easy, affordable and the things you need can be found at your local home improvement store.