Best Countertop Material Guide

Preparing for a Successful Countertop Installation

Monday, January 2, 2017

Choosing a new surface for your countertop can be a daunting process. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which is the best countertop material for your project. Every project in remodeling or creating a new space has a process of decisions, technical requirements, and a timeline. The following is a brief outline of how most countertop projects proceed and the steps to achieve the results for making your house into your dream home.

Identify your needs and choices:

  • What areas need a new countertop surface?
  • What type of surface product do you really think you want to live with?
  • What sort of use will the area receive?
  • How much maintenance are you willing to provide?

The above questions require you to do some homework. Are you a Granite or Quartz person? Does a Solid Surface fit your needs? If you are adding new countertops to your kitchen are you a serious cook or do you “heat and eat” and just want beautiful and simple? If you are adding surfaces to your bath project have you considered care and maintenance? Which surface is the best material for countertops in your home?

Research your options:

  • Research upkeep and care for the product before choosing a surface.
  • Know your color schemes and design vision to help narrow your choices.
  • Ask friends or neighbors about the reality of living with their surface choices.
  • Visit Model homes and Showrooms to get ideas of what meets your design dream.

When you begin choosing a new surface you will be amazed by all the different types of countertop materials and work surfaces you suddenly encounter on a daily basis. Do you want lots of movement and color or something monochromatic and quiet? Consider taking pictures to help you organize the looks you prefer. If you are working with a designer or an architect ask them to direct you to places where you can see various products in use. Touring Model homes and high-end showrooms is a great way to experience many surface options.

For more information on the pros and cons of specific materials, view our Countertop Comparison Guide.

Meet “In-Home” with your Countertop Contractor

  • Budget reality begins with an in-home meeting.
  • Measuring is approximate and will determine how much material you need.
  • Discuss surface treatment and edge design options.
  • Finalize placement of all appliances and sink types to get an accurate plan.
  • Discuss Timeline and Installation.

At this point you have a good idea of the surface you want, the areas you wish to cover and the upkeep and care needed to maintain your countertops. Your Fabricator will suggest choices from a shiny polished finish or something a bit less formal like a honed or leathered finish.

Template and Installation:

  • A Template is created when all of your cabinets and appliances are in place.
  • Your Fabricator must know sink /faucet /stove top measurements.
  • From Template to Creation to Install takes time, be realistic about the timeline.

Your Countertop Contractor will make a template when your cabinets are in place. With new build or major remodeling be aware that the cabinet installation is often the obstacle to meeting a project timeline. Your Fabricator can’t “guess” or “get started” creating your countertops until an actual template is made in your home. All those curves and corners must be exact and the cabinets are the foundation to the final project. Obviously, if you are using existing cabinets your project will proceed much faster.

All you need is some basic research, firm design decisions and Keystone GraniteWerks for your project to become reality.

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Healey Custom Cabinetry LLC

Winamac, IN

They are always prompt with their quotes and competitive with their pricing. They do beautiful work and their installers are polite and professional