Avoiding granite countertops problems.
I was on the website www.HOUZZ .com yesterday and I was surprised by all the folks that were unhappy with their newly installed granite countertops.
Here are a few tips to keep this from happening to you.
1. Always, yes I do mean always, go to the granite yard and pick out your slab of granite.
Because granite is a natural product extracted from the earth it can vary a great deal from slab to slab. What you see in a showroom may not always be the same that you will end up with when your countertops are installed. Also, if you are looking at a small sample piece it will look a lot different when you see a muck larger slab.
2.. The biggest complaint I read about is that people are unhappy with the placement of the seams or that they don’t like how the patterns don’t line up at the seams. To avoid this problem, ask the fabricator if you can see how the countertop will be laid out on the slab. That way you can tell how the patterns in the granite will look when it is cut and you will see were they are planning to put any seams that may be used in your fabrication. You will also be able to see how the patterns in the granite will match up when installed side by side
3. Beware of the low cost granite specials by making sure you are working with a reputable fabricator who is fair and honest in their dealings with you. It is all to common for a countertop fabricators to low ball the cost of their granite and then add on additional fees for the sink cut out and the sink, the edging,the sealer and even upcharge for visiting your home to create a template. These type of marketing ploys can end up costing you more when all is said and done.
My preferred Granite Fabricator in the Lehigh Valley, of PA is Euro Marble and Granite on 8th Street in Allentown PA. They have a very knowledgeable and friendly staff, and they incorporate all of the above mentioned steps into there fabrication process.