Having granite countertops installed in your kitchen can be a great way to not only transform and update the look of your kitchen but improve its functionality as well. And if you're looking to sell your home at any point in the near future, having granite countertops will be a huge selling point for prospective buyers. Still, when deciding on a kitchen countertop installation contractor, there are some important questions worth asking before you sign on that dotted line.
Can You Provide a Breakdown of Costs?
Start by finding out as much as possible about the types of installation costs you'll incur. Aside from the actual price-per-square-foot of the countertops themselves, you may also be charged by-the-hour for the labor and installation. Some installers may also charge for cutting granite to fit around sinks and other parts of your kitchen, so asking for a detailed breakdown of your estimated costs can help you get a better idea of what to expect.
Will You Seal My New Countertops? When?
Granite needs to be sealed after it is installed; a clear coat of sealant will help to protect your new counters from damage over time while also giving them a nice sheen -- and you should generally re-seal your granite countertops at least once every few years to keep them in great condition. Make sure to find out whether or not your installation will include sealing, and if so, when that will be done.
Can I See the Entire Slab Before You Install?
Even if you picked out a slab in-person, it's a good idea to check it out again one more time in the days leading up to your installation appointment. This will give you one last chance to spot any divots, scratches, or other imperfections that you'll want to be aware of before installation.
What Kind of Equipment Will You Use?
Finally, make sure that your installer has all the right tools and resources to install your countertops correctly by asking them for a detailed description of the tools they use. Specifically, you'll want to be sure that the cutting tools they'll be using are designed to be used on stone and will ensure a clean, accurate cut and invisible seams.
Taking the time to ask these questions before hiring an installer for your new kitchen countertops will ultimately help you make the best decision. From there, you can enjoy your beautiful new countertops.Share