Taking on any home renovations project is a big deal, if you are considering installing Granite countertops in the bathroom or kitchen, follow our 7 tips to help make sure that it is done correctly.
Here are some of our tips to help make the process as simple as it can be.
#1 Professional Advice
If you are planning on installing the Granite countertop yourself then you need to make sure you have some professional advice behind you, or if possible someone with you on the day to help guide you on how to do it correctly.
#2 Choose the Company with Care
When it comes to choosing the company, who will be supply and potentially installing your Granite countertop a good box to tick is that the company does not hire out to subcontractors. It is always a huge plus that a company can oversee and be in control of the entire process to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want. Plus, if they will be installing it for you then you should know who is going to be in your home completing the project.
#3 Be Careful of Low Prices
Cheap and affordable are two things you always like hearing when you are going to be completely any expensive project, anyone who can save you money is valuable. However, there is such a thing as too good of a deal! If a company is able to sell a Granite countertop to you well below other companies, then you need to ask yourself whether they are actually any good. For example, they may not be able to provide you with cut-outs or they may not have insurance. Often, paying a bit more is worthwhile in the long-run.
#4 See the Full Slab
Sometimes it is not enough to just get a small sample as Granite is a natural stone that can vary in colour, pattern, veining and markings. When you see a much smaller sample you cannot see the pattern as accurately as you can by seeing the whole slab which will give you an exact idea of what you will be getting. You can then visualise where seams will be put and so on.
#5 Need a Small Countertop?
If you only need to install a small Granite countertop into your bathroom or kitchen then it may be worth your time asking some companies if they have any leftover Granite remnant from other jobs. This can save you lots of money as well as taking it off their hands.
If you are getting a company to install your Granite countertop for you, it should be on your list to ask whether they will be doing the sealing for you at the time of installation. This is so you can account that into your costs and whether you need to do it yourself or hire someone else.
#7 Don’t Do It Yourself!
Whether or not you think you are a brilliant handy man, you cannot do this job by yourself! Granite is very heavy and certainly is not fit for one person to complete, you will need at least a second person (ideally someone who has done it before) so you can take great care in not damaging the countertop itself as well as anything surrounding it.
Precautions need to be taken so ensure that these are done before attempting to fit it yourself.