Things to ask before choosing your granite installer

Vanity sink with willow tree granite cutIf you want a good quality granite countertop with a great finish and a reasonable price tag, then you need to shop around.

The best granite companies will source the best granite countertop for you, carefully shape it to fit your needs and install it at your domestic or commercial job all as part of one service.

To get the job done properly first time and to avoid paying more than you need to, you need to ask some searching questions during the tendering process.

First things first

A new granite countertop is a big investment. If you get the right counter, installed by a competent professional, then it should last for decades – longer than you will own most cars.

This is a big purchase so take proper precautions. A recommendation is worth its weight in gold, so if you can try to sniff down a good local tradesman.

You should also shop around and get a lot of different quotes and ask questions to understand exactly what it is you’re paying for.

Here are some points to consider when comparing different installers.

Ask about additional charges

When you choose a granite installation company, it is tempting to go for the cheapest possible price.

With a specialist granite company, you will pay a fee per square foot, but this will often not be the only charge. There are usually additional charges for things like cut out sinks, edge profiles and other finishes.

These charges are standard across the industry, but it is important that you know what you are paying for when you compare prices. You should always ask for the full cost of a job at the outset, so you aren’t surprised with later charges down the way.

Ask about the granite quality

Contrary to much presumed wisdom, not all granite is created equal. You will get different styles and qualities of granite from different regions of the world.

There are also different granite ‘cuts’ that vary depending on how the stone is mined. Again, different cuts will be of different quality – and be more likely to crack, ware or fade later in life.

Some pre-fabricated units like those that are sourced from large public retail chains will not be as higher quality as some of the specialist stones offered by specialist companies.

A high-quality installer should be able to tell you about the source and quality of the granite material and you should be able to verify this information with your own research.

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Learn about their customers

Remember when we said that a recommendation was worth its weight in gold?

Yes, that is true, but if you don’t want to bother your friends then there are a few other ways that you can find out about a granite installer’s workmanship.

Granite companies that work on a lot of commercial projects tend to be more highly regarded that installers that work exclusively on domestic projects.

If you are close to any tradesmen that regularly work in commercial premises then ask them if they have any recommendations. Alternatively, you can look on the granite company’s website to see if they have pictures of commercial jobs or testimonials from commercial clients.

You can also read online reviews, but make sure to verify whether they are authentic.

Ask to see their site

Asking to see their production site is one final way that you can check if your preferred granite partner is the real deal.

You can check the installers equipment, meet some of the people who will be working on your project and check the kind of operation that they run.

Natural stone workshops are heavy industrial environments and it is unlikely that they will look perfect at all hours of the day, but it should be relatively easy to tell where they run a tight ship and where they let standards slip.

You don’t have to ask directly to come and see the conditions, you can ask if you could come along and see some samples.

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