When you are starting to think about remodeling your kitchen, keep in mind that one of the best ways you can invest into your kitchen is putting in new countertops. The best types of countertops materials to use are Hard Surface countertops which are of course Granite countertops, Quartz Countertops i.e. SileStone & CaeserStone as well as some alternative eco-friendly products which are manufactured from post consumer materials, keep in mind that in most cases the Eco-Friendly countertop options are often the most expensive and surprisingly natural stone materials such as granite are often the most cost effective solution for hard surface countertops.
If you are at the point of making countertop selections for your project, you need to select a reliable source, you must start searching for a countertop fabricator in your area, you can do a search engine keyword search for “granite fabricator”, this will give you a list of companies that are worth considering but do not jump to the first one on the list because they may have great SEO but not the best service. That being said, the remainder of this article will teach you what to look for and what to stay away from when searching for a countertop fabricator to provide you with your new tops.
So by now you have compiled a list of candidate countertop companies that you will be contacting.
Now, you will want to find out about these companies and ask question some questions.
Generally a fabricator who consistently provides a quality product and good service will typically have a nice office and a showroom to display their work, you will want to go with a company who has something to show to you, and generally a company that invests into providing a showroom for their clients also has all of the latest fabrication technologies and techniques to follow industry guidelines. Also choosing a fabricator with a showroom will make things easier for you because there you will be able to see almost all of the products that the countertop industry offers and if you are interested in seeing more options and would like to see your slabs, then your fabricator can direct you to the local slab warehouses such as DalTile, Arizona Tile, Walker Zanger, MSI, etc..
Countertop fabrication is a very intricate process and leaves very little room for error and in most cases an error could cost thousands because of the price of slab material. So you will want to go with a trust worthy company with good reputable references like custom home builders, a well established fabricator will be able to give you a good list of references. Also it is typical that you will be required to put a down payment usually 50% to cover the material costs, just this aspect should be enough to convince you to go with a reputable and established company rather than a small time fabricator who has limited tooling, knowledge, responsibility, and reliability.
Because hard surface countertop fabrication is such an involved process, it is very important that the field measurements (templates) are done accurately, for this reason the most reputable fabricators utilize laser tempting for measuring the countertops they fabricate and have the appropriate automated CNC machinery to be able to fabricate your countertops flawlessly.
To conclude what you will want to look for when choosing a fabricator, it is a smart choice to go with a company the has good presentation (a showroom and nice fabrication facility), uses good templating techniques (preferably laser templating), has CNC equipment which is crucial in providing precisely fabricated countertops, and also you will want to use a company that has good references.