Choosing the right stone or quartz material for your kitchen counters and bathroom vanities is a very important and personal decision. With so many options to choose from, what’s the best way to begin?
1. Ask questions.
The difference between product options can be significant. Ask friends and family how they like their product. Ask questions on on-line forums. Read blogs and search pictures on Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz. By researching your options before you begin the selection process you will be better prepared when you talk to a stone fabricator or slab supplier. There are no stupid questions when you’re spending good money.
2. Bring flooring, cabinet, and paint samples to the slab supplier.
Its nearly impossible to choose the right counter material without having samples of our floor, cabinets, backsplash, and/or paint samples to hold up against the stone for comparison. Don’t go shopping without them and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not important. You’re going to live with it for a long time so make sure you are happy with the combinations.
3. Consider backsplash plans.
A pleasant transition from counter to backsplash is important to the overall beauty of your room. Some people want the same stone as their counter while others prefer tile or a painted wall. Some want a combination. There are tens of thousands of backsplash pictures online, spend some time browsing before you go to look at samples.
4. Ask your fabricator to help you.
Fabricators really can tell you what materials will work best for your project, if you have an idea of what you want. They also know how other customer choices have worked with their stone installations so they are in a great position to help you. If your fabricator won’t help, find one that will. It’s still your choice but always listen to people with experience that can help you make the best decision.
5. Ask to be present at layout prior to cutting.
With all the time you will invest in selecting your stone, you will surely want to be involved with determining where on the slab your counters are cut from. There will likely be characteristics that you want highlighted. There may be features you want to avoid. Additionally, you’ll want to see where the seams will be and approve the color match. After all the time and money invested in a stone counter top that you are going to enjoy for years to come, it is fair and prudent to insist on being present at the layout!
5 Keys to Selecting Stone Countertop Material in Portland OR & Vancouver WA
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