In the last decade or so, we have been reading and watching TV shows where a homeowner testifies of having worked with a most trustworthy countertop fabricator for their home remodel. However, have you ever asked yourself what it has taken for these kinds of relationships to be established?
In this post, we are going to discuss the “behind the scenes” processes, for kitchen countertops fabrication and installation, and look at some of the best tips to ensure the smooth running of your project.
Selects the stone slab at least one month before the commencement of your project
Do not wait for too long before you get to pick out a countertop slab.
Reason being, this can add some extra expenses or cause some unforeseen delays in your project. As soon as the design for your kitchen cabinets is complete, present your kitchen countertops fabricator with the plans for your kitchen countertops plus the backsplash.
They will, in turn, let you know how much it will cost you for all the materials and the installation process and what kind of stone you should go for. If you are looking for marble slabs, for example, your Artstone Atlanta fabricator will take you to the showroom in Atlanta, where you can see and touch sample slabs.
Your final selection of a suitable material should be made at least one month before the scheduled date of the fabrication. We suggest at least six weeks before so that in case you are required to purchase an extra slab, there will still be a chance of availability for that particular material.
Although natural stone is attractive and always the first pick for most homeowners, keep an open mind for other options and new products
Quartz and Marble slabs are very similar in that both are exquisite stones and absolutely dreamy. They can both be leathered and honed, but they are not as durable as quartzite.
There are a lot of other engineered countertop materials that have natural stone characteristics. Some of them are ultra-compact surfaces that belong to a special class on their own. Others are unique in a way that they fall between porcelain and glass-like material, are ultimately durable, engineered in a way that they are totally resistant to scratches, heat, stains and UV light making them the best option for outdoor areas. They can also be used for varied surfaces such as bar countertops, exterior cladding, flooring and tiles.
However, due to the nature of some of these materials, special certification and tooling might be required. Artstone Atlanta is a certified fabricator to work with all these types of surfaces. We also stock super slab sizes for clients who would request for installations in mega-huge islands. Let us help you prepare for your kitchen countertop fabrication and installation project.
Do not seek counsel from Pinterest
We all agree that Pinterest is an excellent tool for helping you decide on a kitchen vibe. If you are leaning mostly towards natural stone such as marble or granite, browsing through Pinterest for natural stone countertops kitchen ideas is a recommendable choice because you will get an idea of how kitchen with natural stone countertops actually looks like.
Homeowners will, in most cases, get tunnel vision when designing their kitchens. After selecting your choice slab and discussing the finishing details with your fabricator, stop looking through Pinterest!!! Trust me; there will always be something more interesting out there. Therefore do thorough research, commit yourself then stop torturing yourself by looking around for more ideas.
Make sure that all farmhouse sinks and other appliances are installed before the templating
There is a prevalent misconception that any countertops fabricators can install the plumbing appliances, for an extra cost. However, this is something you need to coordinate with your plumber and your countertops company. It is imperative for all the plumbing hardware, sinks and appliances to be present on the site during the templating of your countertops, and during the fabrication. This is done to avoid any additional delays or charges for unnecessary trips to get more materials.
You get what you pay for!
This statement is true for everything in life. Do your research, prepare for the kitchen countertop fabrication and installation, find a reliable kitchen countertop fabricator and trust them to do their job diligently.
Artstone Atlanta if the most reliable supplier and fabricator for both natural and engineered countertops in Atlanta. Call us today to get free, no-obligation estimates for the most exquisite countertops materials.