So you’ve chosen you stone. You have your design ready, measurements ready, stone purchased. Now you’re looking for a fabricator/ installer.
You may have many questions that you interview each referral with before deciding which installer is the right one for you. But are you asking the right questions?
We’ve compiled a list of questions to help you determine the right fabricator for your project.
- What options are available?
Some fabricators will just assume you’re looking for a basic installation, unless you tell them otherwise. So ask what other options you have. An example of an extra option is polishing the underside of your stone so that it is smooth rather than the typical roughness that is present after installation. There are other options, so be sure to ask about those.
- Stone placements, layouts, seams?
There are numerous ways to cut your slabs, and there are many different options for slab seams. You may also find that you want to place a certain part of the stone, either to accentuate the pattern or flow of the stone, in a certain space within your design. These are something you want to go over with fabricators to make sure that any specification are met, not just assumed.
You should ask to see pictures of the different types of edging that the fabricators have available, including any fees associated. The pictures are necessary because edge profile names aren’t always universal, and you don’t want to end up with the wrong one when it is too late to change.
Consider whether or not you want granite as your backsplash as well as your counter surface. This is important not only for your fabricator to know, but you need to make sure that you have enough stone purchased to accommodate this design.
Remnants are unused bits of stone. Every installation will have left over stone. Most installers will either throw away these remnants or resell them. But you can request to keep them, there is a market for these remnants. Which will allow you to make back some of your investment.
So, with all the questions that you already had in mind, be sure to add these to ensure that you are covering all possibilities and specifications that you have available to you.