Yes, Quartz, Granite, and Marble worktops are all so elegantly beautiful, but kitchen worktop quality isn’t simply a matter of opinion. Quality is something you have control over when picking a company to do the fitting and installation. You’ll probably be surprised at the number of installers and fabricators who don’t know the fundamentals of top quality kitchen worktops.
So the question is, how can someone tell the difference between a truly great worktop installation over a mediocre one? Here are a few things to search for when checking some of the possible installer’s previous work.
Are the worktops appropriately mounted? Granite and Marble are particularly thick and don’t need a lot of help to stay properly in place. A tiny bead of silicone on the surface of the cabinet is all it needs to keep a stone worktop down. Attaching natural stone counters unto cabinets with epoxy or liquid nails is overkill, and when removal is needed to be done, it can be utterly devastating. Absolutely not a sign of a fine workmanship!
What about the way the sink was mounted? Accurately mounting sinks to stone worktops is an absolute work of science. Spots of glue around the bowl rim show substandard workmanship. You can be certain that the bowl must be reattached in the near future if it is poorly mounted.
Are the counters balanced? Great installers know the variance amongst a flat worktop and a balanced one. Top quality kitchen worktops should be well balanced and levelled before further work is executed.
You must remember that great installers can make low quality kitchen worktops look decent, and a bad installer can make top quality kitchen worktops look very bad.