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The Do’s & Don’ts Of Choosing Kitchen Countertops

Choosing the right countertops for your kitchen is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.

There are a number of steps to consider during your decision-making, but knowing the rules of the road makes the journey easier.

What do you need to know? Let’s check it out:

1. Select, Inspect, and Double-Check

Keep the above phrase in mind when selecting the right countertops for your kitchen.

Don’t check the samples only

While granite and quartz samples are small enough to handle and help you to narrow down your choices, you shouldn’t base the selection process on samples alone. That’s because larger slabs show correct color variations that may not match your expectations.

Personally viewing the slabs helps you identify specific characteristics that you must have – or don’t want. At Crowley’s, we go with you to select your slab to make the process more enjoyable and easier!

Consider the “feel”

Inspecting the slab means more than checking the material, color, and pattern. Be sure to check how each slab feels — is it smooth or rough and pitted? Some materials have more variations in the surface that provide the “wow factor” regarding their appeal but don’t ignore the texture.

Be present for the layout

Your job isn’t finished after you’ve inspected and selecting slab for your kitchen. There’s still the layout process, and it’s your choice whether you leave it up to the fabricator or not.


Your best bet? Insist on participating in the layout process while giving your input. Let the fabricator know what features should be prominently displayed and what characteristics you want to avoid.

2. Bring Samples

It’s always a good idea to bring examples of your flooring, paint, and cabinets when shopping for your stone. Doing so helps the stone specialist to choose accordingly. In addition, bring a sample of slabs back to your home.

3. Include Your Fabricator During The Selection Process

Your fabricator can also play a key role in helping you to select your stone. After all, they make their living by working with stone every day and have a strong idea what works and doesn’t work for your kitchen.

4. Always Ask Questions

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “there’s no such thing as a dumb question.” It’s an adage that also applies to choosing kitchen countertops.

Ask as many questions as possible and always ask for the input of friends, family, and others who’ve had countertops installed. Moreover, doing your research before you select your stone makes the process easier.

5. Don’t Forget About Your Backsplash Plans

The overall beauty of your kitchen includes a pleasant transition from the counter to the backsplash. It all depends on your taste; some people prefer that same stone as their counter while others prefer a tile or painted wall.

The friendly granite and quartz experts at Crowley’s will help you choose the right countertop for your home and get the kitchen of your dreams. Download our FREE Countertop Buying Guide or get a free quote today.


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Save up to $1,000 on your project when replacing your kitchen countertops!

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