Five questions to ask before you choose a worktop supplier
Installing a new kitchen isn’t something most of us do very often. A new kitchen is a big commitment, and you’ll live with the decisions you make now for years to come. Naturally, it’s important to take as much time as you need make those decisions well.Your worktops are integral to the finished look and feel of your kitchen. For them to look their very best, they also need to be cut from the highest quality materials and fitted by experts, like those at County Stone.
Making sure we receive the best possible advice on materials and style to suit both our taste and our lifestyle can make all the difference in how much you enjoy the finished results in your kitchen.
County Stone have a large team of skilled masons and fabricators, highly experienced in working with granite and quartz and happy to answer all your questions. Here are five things we would recommend you ask before choosing a worktop supplier.
How will this worktop suit my lifestyle?
If you’re a flamboyant cook, you’ll need to consider an appropriate worktop to accommodate your favourite pastime. Choose a worktop that will cope well with heat, spills and the general wear and tear of a busy kitchen. If you’re more concerned with design and looks, you need to consider how your worktop will look in years to come. County Stone can help advise you.
Where was the quartz/granite sourced from?
Any supplier worth their salt will be able to tell you exactly where the raw materials for your new worktop have come from, and how they are crafted to make the perfect surface for your kitchen. From the individual pieces of stone, to the different finishes available – you can also ask to see the pieces in the factory if you’d like to make sure you have chosen the exact worktop you’d like.
What is the templating process?
Templating is when a supplier will come to your home to create a pattern of your planned worksurfaces. You will need to be present to sign off that you are happy with the template and the supplier will then go away and cut your worktop to the desired template before coming to fit it again. This is a good time to ask any questions you have about your quote and the fitting process – before the stone is cut.
What will the aftercare be?
Some worktops and finishes will require more aftercare than others, and it is important to understand this from the start so you know exactly what you’re dealing with and how to take care of your new work tops.
Your supplier should be able to provide you with lots of good testimonials from previous customers to help you make your decision, and to make sure you understand the pros and cons of different materials, finishes and anything you may not have considered.
If you’re looking for a new kitchen worktop and have any questions, get in touch with one of our experts today.