Before I show you exactly where to find a local quartz countertop distributor, I need to clear up a little confusion for a few of you about exactly how the process of getting a new kitchen work surface works.
The Relationship Between Fabricators and Installers
The most amazing countertop won’t do you any good if it’s not installed properly. You’ll need to use an experienced and professional fabricator and installer to make sure that everything looks perfect before you write that final check.
The company that you choose should know how to precisely measure for and then fabricate your countertop. You don’t want to work with anyone that is strictly a quartz supplier, they also should know how to install it. And that’s because if you want the job done right, both parts of this kitchen upgrade should be done by the same company.
Your local stone yard should have a team of in house fabricators to perform the rough cutting and final finishing that may include edging, adding a polished cutout for the sink. and drilling holes for things like hand held sprayers and soap dispensers.
They will also have a team of installers (sometimes it includes the same skilled craftsmen than made the countertop) come to your house and carefully set it in place, get it leveled properly, line up any seams, and fasten it to your cabinets.
How To Find One Near You
This is easy. Too easy maybe. There are a lot of on-line services that will make it dead simple to find a quartz distributor. One of my favorites is this one at Thumbtack. They’ll do a great job of connecting you with local pros.
Another of my favorite free resources is yelp. Just put in the search field what you’re looking for and they’ll return pages full of companies near you that can handle the job. But the real power behind Yelp is all their reviews that are written by the community. You’ll quickly be able to figure out who is worth your time and who is going to waste it.
The countertop your about to have made for your home is an investment that’s worth thousands of dollars. For this reason, you’ll need to make sure that you hire the very best. This is not a job for a handyman or for someone that is running a fly-by-night company and has placed an ad on Craigslist.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong during the installation process and you need to make sure that your expensive quartz is protected. The job needs to be done perfectly and you need to receive a warranty for the work done.
Here are the most important factors to look for when looking for the best countertop dealer:
- Offer competitive pricing
- They have a showroom
- Provide a warranty on their work
- Willing to give references
- Listen and answer questions
- Can provide a company address
But the most important? Check those references!
Important Sidebar: A showroom is also very important. They won’t have all the available options fabricated into counters for you to check out. But they will have a few, and more importantly they will have uncut slabs for you to choose from. You’ll get to literally pick one, they will likely put a piece of blue tape on it, and write your name on the tape. This way there is almost no chance of you being surprised when it leaves the store and shows up at your home.
It should be easy for a company to provide you with them. If you ask for 3, the installers should give you a list of 3 names of past customers along with their phone numbers. When asking for references, however, it’s always a good idea to dig a little deeper.
At the very least look up the company on the better business bureau and check for a history of complaints. And then check to make sure that their license to do business in your state is valid. Just doing these two quick checks can save you from a lot of headaches.
Are you on the fence at all about exactly what type of counter you want to buy? If you are, make sure to compare quartz and granite. You also should be interested in learning more about the cost. You’ll find this article on square foot prices to be enlightening.