Choosing a stone finish for your home is a big decision, and quite possibly a substantially expensive one. Picking the correct material and color is overwhelming in itself—but that’s just half of it.
Ensuring you have the right fabricator is essential because even a beautiful, high-quality stone can get wrecked by an inexperienced fabricator and installer. To help you differentiate between a professional and a rookie, here are some key signs to look for:
1. Polished Edges
Although polished edges are highly desirable, many fabricators overlook this crucial step. Especially for kitchen islands, where people unconsciously hold the edges, polished undersides can make all the difference. Even if the polish is only a few inches from the edge, it can give the whole countertop a finished feel.
For large countertops, it’s impossible to have a slab without seams. A professional stone slab installation company will ensure that the seam is barely noticeable to the naked eye. The seam should ideally be smooth and less than 1/16th of an inch. Additionally, for natural stone with veins, the installer will use epoxy that matches the color of the vein as closely as possible.
3. Sink Mounting
When installing a stone countertop, every little detail makes a world of difference. A granite or marble installation expert will take time to ensure that the faucets and sink blend into the granite seamlessly. That’s why they will try to get as accurate a measurement as possible during the template-building stage.
Additionally, when attaching the sink to the countertop, the installer will ensure there aren’t any visible globs that can reduce the holding strength substantially.
4. Countertop Level
Stone slabs are leveled and shimmed during installation to ensure that the surface is even and straight. Skilled fabricators understand that a flat countertop isn’t the same as a leveled one. Hence, they will ensure maximum care and precision during installation.
At GM Marble & Granite, we offer granite, marble, and quartz installation and fabrication services, as well as sealing stone installation, in Concord, Napa, and the Bay Area. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, you can ensure the best results possible. Contact us now, and we’ll help you find the right solution that meets your aesthetic preferences.