Purchasing a new kitchen can be one of them most expensive household restorations. Therefore it is important to ask a few questions before the purchase.
Questions to Ask:
1 – What Is the Quality?
With the amount of money that a granite kitchen worktop costs, it is essential that you receive the right amount and quality for what you are paying for. The problem with defining the quality of granite is that the market is unregulated, but professional suppliers will differ from rogue traders with a quality control regulation on a scale to describer their grading’s of granite.
The first checkpoint is to look for a consistent colour across the piece of granite. The second checkpoint is to any visible material defects, ensure that you check the piece before it is fitted. Any second quality countertops will have small flaws, either in the surface or in the finishing of the colour.
2 – Is Sealer Applied to the Piece of Granite During Installation?
Granite is a natural stone, it can easily absorb oil, water, and any liquid that is spilt upon it, this causes the material to stain leaving permanent damage to your kitchen. To make sure this doesn’t occur, an approved sealer needs to be placed on to the surface to safeguard against deterioration. You need to ask the supplier if sealer is included in the price or if it is an extra fee. Even if it is extra, it is definitely worth paying for.
It would be easier to pay for one supplier to complete both the fitting of the granite to your worktops and the sealer installation.
3 – Warranties and Guarantees
The warranty will protect you from a faulty countertop, and will insure you against any water damage with repair services included as and when necessary. If a warranty is included in the price then make sure that you read the terms, fully understanding what is and what is not included and the length of the warranty. If one is not included, you may wish to either ask why, or seek another supplier.
4 – What Maintenance is Required to the Kitchen Worktop
Granite countertops are easy to maintain, it is best to check with your supplier what maintenance they recommend and what would make you invalidate your warranty. For example annual resealing is normally fully recommended, your supplier may be able to offer you a check up appointment to ensure that this occurs. If it seems like your supplier recommends a complicated care and maintenance routine, you may want to shop elsewhere.
5 – Timescales
How long will it take the kitchen to be installed and when will this occur. Also asking whom the kitchen fitters will be to make sure that you know who is going to be knocking at your door.
6 – The Price
Most importantly how much will it all cost. You need to be wary of add on fees, for additional labour costs. You also need to safeguard against any damage by checking that your supplier has the correct insurance in place in case any injuries occur whilst on your premises.