How to identify an expert installer when shopping for your first granite or marble countertops?

Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Govi Reddy

The process of choosing granite countertops in St. Louis for your home should be a collaborative one, so be sure that you choose an installer that is willing and able to have a conversation with you about this investment.

Choosing to buy granite for your home is a no brainer. This material has unparalleled durability, aesthetic value and can actually make your home more attractive upon sale. However, if you have never chosen granite countertops in St. Louis before, here are a few tips that first-time shoppers need to follow to make sure they are getting the best product.

Shop for the best value

If you find a granite installer is willing to give an in-home estimate, absolutely take advantage of this. Don’t stop there, however, and ask to look at examples of their past work to prove that they have the expertise and experience to make your kitchen or bathroom as gorgeous as possible. If they offer you plenty of resources and an expert level of information on the installation process, this is a surefire sign that you are headed in the right direction in choosing an installer.

Visit their showroom / granite fabrication facility

It may sound very convenient to do your granite shopping sitting at your home with the help of granite installer who offers in-home estimates. He may bring small samples of his granite colors to your home for you to choose from.

It sounds great but there is a big catch to this kind of home purchase. The small samples of granite are seldom true representations of actual granite that is to be installed on your kitchen or bath countertops. Granite varies a lot from batch to batch and for that matter one portion of the same slab may vary from the other corner. This is because granite is not manufactured and we do not have any control over how it looks. What we can control is to select the slabs that have least amount of variation and very appealing to look at.

That is why you need to visit the showroom or granite stocking facility of your granite installer.

Ask for recent references of their work

Just not talk but showing the proof matters especially in an unknown area like granite installation.

A good granite provider will be gladly willing to share information about his recent granite installations. Ask for more than one and try to reach those references by phone to know about their experience.

Some reputable fabricators may be willing to show you their installed projects. It is a great sign that they earned the favor of their customers by serving them to the possible standards.

Study the credentials of the granite provider

Take time to study about the granite company’s reputation by going into sites like Better Business Bureau, on line reviews like Google Places reviews to know their business ethics.

Ask for insurance coverage

Make sure you are in safe hands in case of unlikely incidents of mishaps or accidents while installing granite.

A professional granite installation company will be covered with all essential insurance coverage like workmen compensation, business liability insurance etc.

The color makes all the difference

You need to be sure that the tonality of your granite countertops doesn’t clash with your decor. When you are discussing what kind of look you are attempting to give your kitchen or bathroom with a potential installer, a good gauge of whether or not they can give you a successful installation is how much input and guidance they provide in helping you settle on a color.

If they are truly experienced, they will have no problem instructing you to veer away from varieties of this natural stone that will have a negative effect on your interior design and instead guiding you to settle on a more appropriate shade.

The process of choosing granite countertops in St. Louis for your home should be a collaborative one, so be sure that you choose an installer that is willing and able to have a conversation with you about this investment.

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