Hey again! It's Sam and I see that your back for more granite! Read on to find out how to get the Best Quality and best Fabrication!
After you've narrowed down your selections and have your quotes and number of slabs you need, its time to reserve your slabs! A helpful slab yard will be able to move your slabs to make selections on specific slabs. If the lighting is not good, see if they can move it to better light to help with the selection. Here is what to look for when selecting:
You want good quality!!
-Run your hand across the slab to feel for any rough pitting and/or cracks and fissures. You don't want pits because it effects the look and work surface. Cracks and fissures also don't look good and can be dangerous in the fabrication process causing it to break (trust me, you want to prevent this at all costs!).
-Be sure to turn your head to look at the slab at all angles, some flaws can hide in bad lighting.
-One thing to keep in mind is that some species of granite have “natural fissures”. These usually aren't harmful during the fabrication process and you can't feel them. They usually look to be apart of the pattern and over all look.
*Once you've put your names on the slabs, contact your fabricator so that he can get the ordering on the ball; The granite yard usually only reserves the slabs for one to two weeks.
Choosing the Fabricator for You!
Once you have made the best decision and selected your slabs, its in the hands of the fabricator. They may have you come to their shop to approve the slabs and schedule the install. Here are some things to consider when selecting the best fabricator.
Do your research!
-Go to their showroom to view their work firsthand. If they are a small company, ask to see a portfolio of their work. Make sure their quality and craftsmanship is suitable to your standards.
Don't be afraid to ask for references!
Make sure they are licensed and insured.
See if they guarantee their work.
Feel comfortable, if they seem shady, then they probably are.
A good fabricator will come to your home to template
A good fabricator will be willing to help you shop for your granite and let you approve your slab and have some kind of say in what will be showing on your counters.
Get more than one quote, you may be able to find better quality and reasonable pricing.