How to Choose the Right Contractor for a Kitchen Remodel (and be Friendly to the Environment)

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“There are differences between granites that can make your experience with a new kitchen surface a pleasure or a big, big problem,” say the experts at Best Marble & Granite Company of San Leandro, CA.

How to choose the right contractor for a kitchen remodel (and be friendly to the environment).

“There are differences between granites that can make your experience with a new kitchen surface a pleasure or a big, big problem,” say the experts at Best Marble & Granite Company of San Leandro, CA.

Of course it goes without saying that homeowners must begin with an appropriately licensed and bonded contractor who will extend to the very best warranty on workmanship.“Contractors are often cutting the countertops on the job site using hand tools on top of an a-frame on uneven surfaces that don’t allow the contractor to achieve the precision workmanship that is essential for a high quality installation,” says Dwight Hammack. “Without a precision cut edge, the glue has a harder time setting evenly because the surfaces do not sit together flush.”

This can create future headaches for the homeowner because the inevitable result in this poor workmanship is visible glue lines & bull nose edges falling off completely. The slabs themselves can often be more than 10mm-15mm difference in thickness from one side to the next and that creates a massive problem if you are doing an “L” shaped countertop.

Mr. Hammack, owner of Best Marble & Granite Company, one of the largest manufacturers of marble & granite countertops in the Bay Area, CA, has been fabricating and installing granite countertops since 1977.

Consider the environmental impact of using an unqualified contractor with inferior materials. With the fabrication often taking place outdoors, the acetone and glues being used are being washed down into the sewer system which is not only highly illegal, but a danger to the environment. It is not uncommon for the Fire Dept to levy a hefty fine on the homeowner in such cases.

Once the right contractor has been chosen, there are some key decision points about the granite itself. “Our materials have been hand selected to guarantee your satisfaction,” says Mr. Hammack. “Our professional staff is educated in all aspects of the marble & granite kitchen remodel industry and they will help you make the best choice for your home.”

Some granites are easily scratched, pitted, and can dry out and twist; or they can break along hairline cracks. In recent years cheaper granites have become widely available from India and China. “We don't think the quality of those is good enough and it would harm our excellent reputation for quality and service if we accepted and sold those granites,” says Mr. Hammack. “ We simply won't do it. The best granite in the world comes from South Africa, Belgium, Brazil andNew Zealand, and that's where we get ours. Granite slabs are priced by their quality rather like diamonds.”

About Best Marble & Granite Company
Best Marble & Granite Company is located in San Leandro, CA, and serve both Residential and Commercial customers and have done so for more than 30 years. Services include kitchen remodeling, granite & marble countertops, custom fabrication, limestone, ceramic tile, glass tile, marble fireplaces, glass blocks, slate, cross-cut travertine and more. Educated buyers travel the world to bring the best stones available and satisfaction is guaranteed.
For more information about Best Marble & Granite Company and how to choose the right granite, call 510-614-0155 or visit http://wwwbestmarblecompany.com.

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