By Lance McCarthy
Despite all the news reports and attention surrounding the presidential elections, it looks like the zombie apocalypse isn’t happening yet (give it time). And without zombies, people will still be wanting to make their homes nicer. (I don’t know any zombies personally, so I may be making an unfair stereotype that zombies don’t take pride in their dwellings. I’ll have to take that chance.)
The two most popular home improvement projects are kitchens and bathrooms. And a big part of those spaces are the countertops.
So today I thought I would share some information about countertop options
There are so many options, it is difficult to keep track of them all, but here is a brief overview.
Types of countertops (organized by cost where each dollar sign is roughly $30-35)
Questions to ask an installer:
- Where do your slabs come from? Even within the same family of granites, there is a wide range of quality and finish. That explains the outrageous guys advertising granite for less than a pound of bananas.
- What do you use to fabricate them? Countertops can be fabricated in a garage with a grinder, or in a hi-tech facility with a laser-guided computer system. This will have a dramatic effect on the precision of the finished product.
- How do you template for the piece? This should be done by laser, or by creating a physical template using cardboard or plastic board so that bowed walls or un-square corners won’t show up.
- The tricky thing about countertops is they are like teenage boys going to a party. If one is going, he is going to want to bring a bunch of friends. When you replace a countertop, consider these other items
- New faucet
- New sink bowl (if it isn’t molded as part of the countertop)
- New backsplash
- Painting or replacing the cabinets
- Mirror and vanity lights in the bathroom
- Undercabinet lights in the kitchen
This weekly sponsored column is written by Lance McCarthy of ReTouch, a full-service, client-based contractor specializing in home remodels. For more information about their services, or to view samples of their work, visit their website.