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10 Steps to a Smart Purchase

  1. Think about how you use your kitchen. If you cook frequently and your kitchen gets a lot of use, durability and ease of cleaning should be top concerns. Look for materials that are resistant to staining, scratching and heat. If your countertops won’t get as much wear and tear, a more delicate material may work for you.
  2. Consider your flooring and cabinets when choosing a countertop. Do you want your countertops to contrast or match the look of these elements? What overall look do you desire: elegant, contemporary, minimalist?
  3. If you’re drawn to a countertop material that’s unconventional or especially eye-catching, take plenty of time to think about it before making the purchase. A fire-engine red countertop may look great to you right now, but will you be happy looking at it every day for the next 10 years?
  4. Know your price point before you start shopping. There’s a countertop to match almost any budget.
  5. Take into consideration not just up-front costs, but also long-term maintenance costs. You may find that while one material may have higher up-front costs, it’s the more affordable option over time.
  6. Countertop edges can help contribute to the overall design of your room. Various options are available for each countertop material, and most surfaces can be shaped to your specifications.
  7. Consider combining materials to make a statement and increase functionality. You are not limited to only one material for your countertops.
  8. Visit our showroom to see and touch the surfaces. Bring cabinet doors, tile samples, paint colors, or design ideas (photos, magazine articles, etc.) with you to help you visualize what your finished project will look like.
  9. When shopping for quotes on natural stone, be sure to ask how many seams will be in the countertop and where they will be positioned. The fewer the seams, the better your countertops will look. Some stores cut costs by using remnants to create countertops rather than fabricating from a larger slab.
  10. Don’t forget sinks and faucets. Sinks mount to countertops in various ways, including drop-in, undermount and apron styles. Solid surface countertops can be created with an integrated sink seamlessly molded into the material. The countertop material and style you select determines the complexity of the installation.