Ricochet Construction Granite Countertop Installation and Fabrication
Granite countertops have become widely popular for both homeowners and upscale rental property owners over the years. They have many qualities that recommend them over other forms of countertops, both for their aesthetics and their durability. At Ricochet Construction we have worked extensively with these types of kitchen counters, and are a Dallas-area leader in their installation.
In the following article, we will briefly cover major issues that come up when dealing with granite countertops, and give you some ideas for making the decision about using this type of material for your kitchen construction, or remodeling project.
What Are You Actually Paying for with Granite Countertops?
Most people tend to think mainly about the granite slab itself, and expect that to be the main cost of the countertop. While the slab is generally the most expensive part of this work, there are also other costs you should have estimated before choosing which contractor to use. These include costs for cutting in sink and cooktop holes, sealants, edging, templates, and, of course, the installation labor itself. Making sure you get a solid estimate on every part of the granite countertop work will go a long way to ensuring that you keep the project budget under control, and that it doesn’t expand due to add-ons or hidden charges that weren’t discussed and contracted up front.
Be Sure to Lock In the Quality Grade of Your Granite
One of the reasons that quotes for granite counter work can vary so widely is due to the quality of the materials themselves. Some contractors will quote what seems like a really good price, but they will try to convince you that there difference between granite quality really doesn’t matter that much.
In our experience at Ricochet, the difference between commercial/builder grade, standard grade, and premium grade can be striking. Granite is often chosen due to its luster, color, and the intricate patterning that makes it so distinct. While it is possible to use lower grades and still get a high quality of outcome, there is no arguing that higher premium grade granites have qualities that will distinguish them, especially to a discerning homeowner, condo owner, or renter. Take some time to really inspect the granite you choose, it is a choice that will stay with you for often decades to come.
Installation of Granite Countertops is Truly a Professional Job
After going through the process of pricing, and choosing, your granite counters, you will then move on to “the hard part” -- actually getting these heavy, solid construction materials into your home in a safe and effective way. This one factor more than anything probably determines why granite counter installation isn’t a DIY project. Experience with granite is essential to know how much help you will need, and where things can go wrong in the installation process. It’s also a factor that chipping or cracking can occur during a poorly done installation. Using a professional contractor at this stage minimizes the likelihood of damage. Also, if there is damage to the counters during the installation, the contractor will be responsible for making that right, not the homeowner.
How to Choose Your Granite Counter Contractor
As with any construction, repair, or remodel job, you always want to vet your contractor or their company before deciding on who to work with. Asking for references, and visual samples of past countertop work are a good way to get deeper insight into just how this particular contractor approaches their jobs. You can recognize right away if they are responsive, experienced, transparent, and focused on customer satisfaction.
At Ricochet, we pride ourselves on how closely connected we stay with our customers over the years. A job well done cements a relationship, and encourages customers to come back to us again and again for a wide variety of work. We work on homes and also do large scale repairs to apartment and condo communities in the Dallas metropolitan area. We are well-equipped and fully experienced in granite countertop work, and can advise you on exactly what you need, and how long it should take. We will happily supply a long list of satisfied customers to give references as to the quality, timeliness, and professionalism of our work.
Contact us any time to find out more!