Not Sure What to Look for in Marble or Granite Countertops
When it comes to hiring a granite & marble countertop installer, you can reduce costs by not using a sink which is under-mounted. The manufacturer will cut granite countertops you purchase to fit the sink you have. Under-mounted sinks will need more cutting, which in turn increases the price. So buy the sink before you purchasing the countertops.
Tips from a Professional Granite & Marble Countertop Installer
Buy thick, many countertops are only ¾ inches which means they are more fragile and will need a laminate edge and support, which means they are more affordable, however, will eventually disappoint in the long run. So buy 1-inch countertops, you may pay more, however, you get a more superior quality.
Check for any hairline cracks or natural pits. They may add to the natural beauty of your stone, however, it does mean they are more likely to get damaged, more so when your countertop is only ¾ inches. So ask the fabricator to explain how any imperfections will end up affecting the stone, and if they can create any harm.
When possible get a custom design edge that will match your cabinet detail. However, not every fabricator will allow you customize the edges, but those that will make your countertop more appealing and fit better with your home.
Choose seamless granite countertops, these are slightly more expensive than ones with seams, however, they do look better. Seams will get worse over time, and even though your countertop will look fantastic when first installed, in about 5 years they will need replacing again.
Also, it is better to purchase granite countertops from local services, providers, as you can contact them at any time, visit their showroom and granite options as well as save on transport costs. Ask as many questions as you need to make sure you are getting the best granite to suit your needs.
For all your granite & marble countertop installation needs, call New Stone Design in Schaumburg, IL today on (847) 230-4943