Hi there! One of the most frequent comments we hear when meeting clients for the first time goes something like this: "I don't know where to start. I'm not sure how to do this!" I get it. Buying new countertops is pretty overwhelming. You face two significantly frightening obstacles - first, the selection and characteristics of your stone selection, and second, the fear that somehow, in some way, the company you choose to make and install your stone is going to let you down or take advantage of you.
Both fears are real and both are intimidating. I'm going to try to chip away at both of these, one blog at a time, and hope that you'll find some nugget of comfort in the information shared here. Whether you choose Spartan or someone else, I hope you'll find it helpful to read about some of our experiences and see exactly how we do things in our company.
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The company you choose should ask about how you use your countertops before you start the stone selection process. Different stones have different properties, and the way you use your kitchen will help determine which stone is best for you. The first thing we do here at Spartan is listen, really listen, to how you use your countertops and what you imagine the new tops will be like.
Some people want a beautiful kitchen but seldom cook. Some people cook frequently...in the microwave! And yet others, like myself, prepare "real" meals daily and loooove to bake! For the seldom-used showplace, quartz may be absolutely perfect! It doesn't stain - yay! For the microwave fan, I'd go with any natural stone. It'll be fine! For the chef/baker, I'd recommend granite or quartzite - definitely NOT quartz, which will burn. I know, because a few years ago there was an incident in our showroom with a particularly hot flan. Left a delightful round burn mark that couldn't be removed. Great flan, horrible reminder to use a trivet on quartz.
At Spartan, we don't mark up the stone. This means we do not have a vested interest in selling you something from a particular company. We can and do install all types of stone from lots of suppliers - what matters to us is that it meets your needs and you absolutely LOVE it. Consider how you use your kitchen and let that be a guide for choosing your perfect stone. I'll post tomorrow about the characteristics of each, but this at least will get you thinking!