Placing your order for new stone worktops will come with its fair share of questions and concerns. This is an investment and not a decision that should be made in a hurry. Unfortunately, there are still many homeowners who make these common mistakes when buying stone kitchen worktops.
Choosing the wrong supplier
While price is important to consider, so is quality. It’s not just about quality products but service too. Make sure that you take the time to choose a stone supplier with a solid reputation. If they have many poor reviews, for example, this could be a red flag.
Not considering your needs
Replacing your worktops might not be the only thing that you need to do in order to renovate your kitchen. Make sure that you make a list of everything that you need so that you can prioritise accordingly. It’s also important to make sure that you choose the right type of stone to suit your needs. Different types of stone worktops offer different benefits. Consider your lifestyle and what will work best for you.
Failing to consider practicality
While some worktops look fantastic in the showroom or in photographs, they might not be practical for you. For instance, if you have children or if you don’t have the time to wipe down your worktops frequently, you might want to avoid solid colours and dark colours like black in particular. Polished stone also shows up fingerprints a lot easier than those with a matte finish. So, it’s not to say that you cannot have stone worktops if you aren’t keen on keeping them spotless, but you should be prepared for what each type of stone, the colour and the finish entail.
Ignoring the maintenance question
Maintaining your stone surfaces is not just about cleaning them. You also need to ask about sealing them on a regular basis. Again, each type of stone is different so take a moment to consider which one will suit your needs and lifestyle the best.
Not enjoying them to the fullest
Once your worktops are installed, you should enjoy them! Make the most of them. Yes, you want to take care of them so that they look great for years to come. However, this does not mean that you need to keep them safe and sound like you would an antique piece in a museum. They are meant to be used and enjoyed so go ahead and do just that!
Now that you know all of the common mistakes, you can avoid them! Remember, when the time comes to choose stone worktops for your home, ask a professional for help, advice and as much information as possible. The key is to make an informed decision that you will be happy with for many years.