5 Tips for Hiring A Quality Stone Countertop Installation Company
With the number of granite countertop companies there are out there, it can be difficult to find the one that will get the project done exactly the way you want it. I mean, this thing IS going to be displayed in your home for the next decade or two, might as well make sure these counter guys are doing it right. There’s nothing worse than feeling confident in a contractor and then they get to the end of their job and you not only are dissatisfied with their work, but they upcharged you beyond belief! Here are 5 tips you need to follow to ensure you granite countertop installer is what he really says he is:
1. Ask Ahead About Upcharges
Don’t fall into the trap of low square footage costs. Countertop fabricators can get in the habit of advertising real cheap granite countertops, but then they upcharge you for sink and cooktop cut outs, edge profiles, template, installation, granite sealer and more, AFTER they do the work. Always ask about the cost of every service and have them add it up for you before they begin. This will make sure you’re not falling out of your seat when the final invoice is sent to you.
2. Get the Right Granite Grade
Your stone contractor may be offering you “Level 1” Granite, which sounds awesome, right? Well, don’t go wild just yet. There are, in fact, 3 different grade levels of Level 1 granite; commercial grade, standard grade, and premium grade. Low priced granite could mean the fabricator plans to use lower grade material. This means potential unattractive pitting, veins and blotched throughout the granite slabs.
3. Know What You’re Buying
This goes right along with tip #2. It’s important that you ask your granite fabricator to show you the entire slab before the counter is cut. That way you can see if there are any veins, blotches, and pitting that you don’t like. The countertop installer can sort this out before you’re forced to stare at it for the next 30 years.
4. Ask About Their Equipment
It’s always good to ask your granite countertop installer if they have up-to-date equipment. This ensures that their cuts are clean and accurate, so the slabs will be able to cover your cabinets correctly and be sealed properly.
5. See Their Past Work
Never hire a contractor who can’t show you some sort of portfolio. Check to make sure their work is up to par with your standards. It’s not the best feeling to put your trust in a worker only to realize they’re not competent for the job you have requested.
It’s always key to be on the same page as your countertop installation expert. Follow these tips and you will be able to further guarantee a satisfaction with your finished granite countertop. For information on how we can provide you with a high quality granite installation, call us at (587) 800-7932.