It’s no secret that we are DIYers when it comes to renovations, but there are just some things that are better left to the pros – like kitchen countertops. If we were doing an install for a small space (like our pantry) we have no trouble doing a counter installation ourselves, but for the large scale project that was our kitchen renovation, we leaned on our friends, The Granite Brothers, from here in Calgary to help us out. I would recommend their services (and have!) to anyone who needs a countertop install done in their home.
Here are 5 reasons why you should use an installer when redoing your countertops:
#1: Material Selection
Sometimes when it comes to a project like countertops, choosing the proper material can be an overwhelming and confusing process; this is where working with an installer can be beneficial. Not only do they work with a ton of different suppliers, they know the types of material better than anyone else, so they can make the best recommendation for your needs. They can also help you find what will work best within your budget, too! Material: Calcutta Gold Quartz Siletone by Cosentino
#2: Templating For a Seamless Fit
It’s one thing to measure for counters, cut them and install them, but a good installer will come to your home and template the stone before they cut and install it in your space. We were extending the top of our island by a few inches and wanted a longer overhang over our cabinets, so being able to template that and get a “visual” of what that would look like was also really helpful.
#3: Sink Suggestions & Installation
When I knew we would be installing new counters in our kitchen, I knew I wanted a larger sink – and the largest sink I could possibly fit into the space. I haven’t selected a sink for a space in a long time so I leaned on my counter installers to suggest a few suppliers. They do cutouts and installations all day long, so they know which sinks hold up the best and look the nicest in a space. The Granite Brothers recommended we work with Pearl Sinks and I honestly could not be happier with the sink (and faucet, too!) that we sourced from them.
Our sink supplier delivered the sink to the counter installers so that they could cut the slab for it. They brought it with them when they delivered our countertops and it all went in at once!
#4: Perfectly Matching Patterns
Our kitchen has 4 pieces of stone that are spread out. We have our massive island, counters on either side of our stove and one additional piece of stone over another set of cabinetry. Because we chose a slab with such defined veining rather than something more ‘manufactured’ looking like sparkle or nougat quartz, our installers were careful to cut each piece so that the pattern of the natural veining would flow from one section to the next.
If you were to look at our kitchen from the top down, you would see a seamless pattern from one section to the next, rather than veins going in varying directions, mismatching one another.
#5: The Perfect Level of Polish
I honestly had no idea how “glossy” I wanted our countertops to be. I love the idea of a matte or honed finish, but wasn’t sure what the maintenance on something like that would be. This is again where an experienced installer comes in handy. They advised against a honed finish for our busy household because one stain removal with something like a Magic Eraser sponge and the finish would be uneven and the entire slab would need to be refashioned. We opted for a polished look that wasn’t too high gloss but easily maintained.
Working With The Granite Brothers:
I feel like I need to write a review here of our experience with The Granite Brothers. I have worked with a number of trades and installers over the last 15 years and they were some of the most professional and exceptional people I have had working in my home. Their keen attention to detail and help through the process of choosing the right material for our kitchen was incredible.
The installation process was seamless and they took the extra care to match the veining from piece to piece so that our kitchen was even more cohesive. The also polished the underside of the visible edges of the slabs so that when you’re sitting on the floor (as I spend a lot of my day doing with my little ones) there are no visible rough undersides.
They also removed our old stone countertops and put them into our garage so that we could sell them (added bonus), but also offered to cut them into something new should we have required a patio table or stone for another space in our home.
If you have a project coming up, give The Granite Brothers a call!
Countertops: Calcutta Gold Quartz, Silestone by Cosentino
Countertop Installation: The Granite Brothers YYC
Sink & Faucet: Pearl
Flooring: Alberta Hardwood Flooring
Tile: Tile + Stone Source