No one expects consumers to be experts on stone fabrication or installation but the better educated you are, the better your odds for a smooth experience and a happy ever after. Here are a few things you should know before buying countertops in Nevada and Utah.
Know the structure of your preferred stone
Just a generation or two ago, consumers were limited to just a handful of stone choices, both in terms of type and color.
Now, you only need to walk into a stone yard to see an astonishing range of granite, quartzite, marble, onyx, and many other countertop options. Choose wisely.
Harder stones like granite are workhorses, perfect for high-traffic kitchens where durability counts. Softer stones like marble and limestone require more care to ensure lasting beauty and can be better choices for bathroom vanities.
Granite has been prominently used in European homes for centuries and many love how it patinas with subtle etches from use.
Know a little about countertop design and style
One of the best parts of a renovation for the homeowner is creating the exact design that they’ve envisioned, all the way to the edge profile of their countertops.
However, the more ornate the edging, the higher the project cost will be. It is important to understand that decorative and stacked edges provide an elegant look, but will require more material and more labor to create. Conversely, simple, streamlined edges are generally more budget-friendly.
Additionally, any designs that have broad movement and very distinctive veining will require more time and material to build a cohesive design. Because slabs need to be both cut to the shape of the countertop, and matched with pieces that have a similar design, your fabricator may need to use more stone than they would when working with a monochromatic design. Otherwise, the final result would look disjointed, rather than sleek and elegant.
Know about the maintenance requirements of your countertops
Maintaining natural and engineered countertops is not very difficult actually. There are a handful of things you should always keep in mind to help prolong the life of your granite countertops.
Wipe down and clean after every use. So if you only cook once or twice per week, that would be your Salt Lake City Granite Countertop Fabricator’s recommended amount of times to clean your granite counters.
Apply sealer regularly; approximately once every 6 to 8 months. When buying countertops in Nevada and Utah remember to ask your granite countertops fabricator about which granite sealer they recommend. Nowadays with advancements in technology, you can easily add this task to your iPhone or Android calendar and set it to repeat every 6 months! Simple.
Remember these four words: “soap and warm water”. That’s right. Don’t go breaking your budget buying expensive countertop cleaners or “magic potions” that may or may not do a good job. Expert tip: if possible, use a clean microfiber rag (along with the soap and warm water).
Always provide a Testimonial or Reference for a job well done
If your fabricator did a good job for you and performed up to your expectations, then write a short testimonial for them and agree to be a reference. Truly good contractors can be hard to find, so you should be happy to promote those that are.
But please don’t expect absolute perfection when buying countertops in Nevada and Utah. Consider that hardly any restoration or Nevada and Utah countertops remodel job is without complications or unforeseen issues and even the best installers can have a problem.
Accent Countertops is an expert in the fabrication and installation of natural and engineered countertops in Nevada and Utah. Talk to our design experts today to get the perfect stone for your surfaces.