If you need countertops, whether it be new construction or a remodel, would love to walk you through the process of what to expect and answer any questions you may have.
Here is a brief description of the process:
In general, there are three main types of stones to choose from when shopping for a new top:
Granite - Builder’s grade granite is the most affordable stone, but there are countless granite slabs in all price points. Builder’s grade granite is often distinguishable with more consistent patterns. Granite is a natural occurring rock that gets mined in quarries all across the world. Because of this, it is a porous material that has to be sealed periodically to keep in pristine condition. Don’t let this scare you from selecting granite though, as countertops typically need to be sealed just once every 1-2 years. Sealing your top is the last step we take in the installation process.
Quartz - Builder’s grade quartz is an affordable option, but is typically anywhere from 20-30% more expensive than builder’s grade granite. There are many options for quartz in all price points as well. Quartz countertops are actually a engineered product, taking ground quartz and combining it with resin and polymers. Quartz is naturally a very hard material, which when combined with the other additives, it creates a very durable, non-porous surface. Because of this, quartz does not need to be sealed and is extremely low maintenance.
Marble - Marble is often a favorite when browsing showrooms. It’s veiny slabs can be seen on Pinterest and every home improvement show there is. The price points start significantly higher than granite or quartz, and come in quite a few less color options. In addition, Marble is naturally a much softer stone than granite or quartz. For this reason, we often recommend our customers to use marble in their bathroom, as they are susceptible to nicks and scratches when working in a kitchen (or with kids!)
Visiting the showrooms
There are two main showrooms in NWA (addresses below). They each have hundreds of slabs to choose from, ranging from builder’s grade granite to high-end marble and quartz. These places are open to the public and you are more than welcome to stop by, but we recommend giving us a call and we will walk through the showroom with you. Oftentimes there may be two slabs that look very similar in appearance, but one may cost substantially more. We will show you the different tiers and give you an idea of the price points you are looking at. You will be able to pick the exact slab that will be installed in your home!
Schedule and install
After we work out all of the details as far as material, pricing, scheduling, etc., it is time for install. You can prepare for install by clearing off all of your countertops and emptying your lower cabinets. Most countertop installations are a 1 day project, but there are some exceptions.
Things to Consider when getting new Countertops
What kind of sink/faucet will you want with your new countertop? Consider sink style (under-mount, over-mount, farmhouse), sink material (stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic), sink shape (one bowl, two bowl 50/50, two bowl 60/40, etc.)
Do you want us to handle plumbing re-connections? Demo/Haul-off?
Are you going to want a new backsplash?
Do you want rounded or square corners on your top? (Rounded more traditional, square more modern)
TruCraft specializes in all granite countertop installation and repair in the Fayetteville Arkansas area. From DIY projects to small countertop repairs, even major kitchen renovations, TruCraft can help you through the whole process. We help you pick out the granite slab that’s right for your home, and install your countertop in your bathroom, kitchen, or outdoor patio. Granite is a natural stone that is mined in quarries all across the world making granite a porous material; therefore, granite countertops must be sealed periodically to keep them in mint condition. Granite countertops typically need to be sealed every 1-2 years to protect against stains, dullness, and etching. However, darkened spots in your granite countertops will also be an indicator that the existing sealant coat has worn off, and that you will need to apply granite countertop sealer to reseal your countertops. To prevent future stains, you can periodically check the seal on your granite countertops by performing a simple water test. Pour a small amount of water (about a 3’’ in diameter) on your countertop and wait about 30 minutes. If the area around the water begins to darken, then you will want to seal your countertops as soon as you can to keep them nice and pristine. Countertop sealer can easily be found at your local Costco, Lowes, or home improvement stores. Chips or cracks in granite countertops may also occur over time, but granite countertop repair kits can fill in cracks and remove stains. Repair kits vary depending on the type of repair that needs to be done, so it will be important to recognize the problem first to ensure that you get the repair kit you need. Local companies will also be able to help you make the repairs you need to ensure that your countertops are maintained correctly. Most countertop maintenance such as cleaning and removing stains can be done very easily at home. Clean and disinfect granite countertops by using warm water and dish soap for general cleaning. Deal with spills and stains by blotting them out with a paper towel. These simple cleaning tactics will help maintain the fresh look of your countertops.
TruCraft can help you brainstorm your ideal outdoor, bathroom, and kitchen countertops. To help you create the perfect kitchen space, it is important to know what types of granite countertops exist to help match your color scheme and style. There are three types of granite countertop cuts: slab, tiled, and modular granite tops. These types allow you to customize your home, and get the exact look you want. Slab granite is an entire piece of granite that provides you with ultimate potential, it can be made into any size or shape to fit your kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor area. Tiled slabs are usually smaller building block pieces that help you mold the types of countertops that you want. Finally, modular countertops are pre-made and shaped for a specific space. “No Stain” countertops are another option that allows to not have to keep resealing your countertops like many competitive products allowing for very easy maintenance. Granite countertops can also be installed with traditional rounded edges or more modern squared tips. Granite counters are made from natural stone and come in a variety of different colors, including brown, black, blue, beige, red and white to match your style. The color types differ in origin and provide a number of different grains and patterns. For example, black granite is a pure black top that can fit right into your craftsman style kitchen space to bring out the colors of the kitchen cabinets and backsplash, while costa Esmeralda provides a mixture of grey, blue, and green patterns to highlight your countertops. Other things to consider when buying granite countertops is what kind of sink will you install with your granite countertop? Truecraft also provides the services to get you back into your fresh new home, so handling plumbing re-connections and/or demo/haul-off after is something to consider.
Are you going to want a new backsplash to go with your granite countertops and cabinets? For more granite countertop ideas, we can accompany you through the local showrooms in Fayetteville AR to help get you the best granite slabs that will match your style, and stay within your price range. You will be able to pick the exact slab that will be installed in your home.
Unlike marble or quartz, granite is a more affordable option that still gives a great finish to any countertop or home space. The most affordable option for countertops is Builder’s grade granite; however, there are countless granite slabs in all price ranges. Builder’s grade granite is often distinguishable with more consistent patterns and does not always have that grainy texture that many higher end granite slabs have. For those who like to do it yourself, the cost of granite countertops per square foot will be the cheapest depending on the type and grade of the granite slab. Although DIY granite countertop projects may be cheaper, you will need the appropriate tools to cut and shape your countertop to fit your kitchen or bathroom space. Slab granite countertops or solid pieces of granite can be custom cut to the width and shape that will fit your home space. Again, prices may vary depending on how much square footage of granite you plan to use for your home. No-stain slab granite countertops often cost more but will have a longer lasting finish. Oftentimes there may be slabs that look very similar in appearance; however, one granite slab may cost substantially more than others. We can show you the different types of granite and give you an idea of the price options you are looking at. Putting in or repairing a granite countertop can sometimes be expensive, but we want to help make it affordable. Call us to look at what options may be open to you, and to receive a cost estimate that fits within your budget, TruCraft is here to help.
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