Things to Consider when hiring a Fabricator
Following are some things to consider when shopping for a granite fabricator in North Alabama and Southern Tenneesee:
Years in business
Make sure you ask, "How long have you been in business?" There are many startup businesses out there that may lack the experience and knowledge to perform a quality job. If a North Alabama granite fabricator has been in business for a while, you can be sure that you can find out about their performance and workmanship.
One of the key questions to ask a potential granite fabricator is, "Do you have some references that I can see and contact?" Most consumers get caught up in the whole process, and never ask for references and make their decision without hearing of any other customer's experiences. Testimonials are a great way to find out what others are saying, and what you, as a consumer can expect.
It is important to find out, up front, if the fabricator will back their product.
It is important to ask if the fabricator has insurance. What will happen if someone gets hurt on your property, or if damage occurs?
Does the fabricator have a showroom and a local granite fabrication facility? If no, you may want to ask, "Where does the work get done?" If the granite fabricator has a showroom and fabrication facility, you may want to take a look around. You might want to ask questions about the equipment and the fabrication process and see their employees in action.
While most fabricators also install their products, there are some that do not. This is an important question to ask, as the whole process runs much smoother, when the fabricator handles everything from the measure to the fabrication to the installation.
As with any industry, customer service is important. You might want to find out if the fabricator you are considering has a customer service staff to answer questions that may come up. Do they know the product? Can they answer your questions in regards to stone care and maintenance, and color and material questions, etc.?
If you visit a North Alabama granite supplier to select your granite slabs, do you hear the fabricators name being given out? Keep in mind that reputable fabricators pay their bills in a timely fashion. Not all suppliers will work with those that don't.
While seams are not always avoidable, they do not have to be horrible. Most reputable fabricators are skilled and do their best to make seams tight, smooth, and flat. Make sure you ask questions about how your countertops will be seamed and where. Make sure you ask to see a sample of a seam, if possible.
Bottom polished edges
While the face of a stone slab is polished, and is what you will see for your countertops, the underside is rough to the touch. Most reputable fabricators will smooth the underside of the stone in exposed areas such as island, or peninsula overhangs (usually 4"-6" from the edge only) . The smoothing process eliminates snagging on clothing, etc. While this process is not necessary, it adds to overall quality of the project.