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Published On: Wed, Dec 5th, 2018

Quartz Worktops: How They Have Claimed a Niche in Every Kitchen

photo/ Werner Heiber

Worktops have become a norm for every kitchen nowadays. They have become much popular due to their magnificent looks, sturdiness, and heat resistant material. Granite is often the choice material for a kitchen worktop.

With hundreds of colours to choose from, there is almost one colour out there to match every taste and preference. Just in case you find it tough to pick one over another, there is an entire range of man-made quartz engineered stone to select from. The problem with many individuals is that they would love an engineered quartz or granite stone worktop to be fitted in their kitchen, but they find the cost quite prohibitive. However, since it is a task that neither requires many tools nor experience, do-it-yourself methods of updating and installing your own worktop are often advisable.

How to install a worktop on your own

The solution to this problem is to exclude the middleman and head directly to the fabricator. Places that allow you to buy your kitchen accessories can provide you with unlimited options for comparing quartz worktops. You can do it on your own when it comes to fitting a worktop inside your kitchen. Cherry picking the best value units as well as the worktop supplier is possible. Do not forget that the showrooms match or do not fabricate the granite or quartz worktops themselves, so they enter into a contract with the fabricator, and thereafter they add their markup. In case of the small and independent showrooms, this is generally a justifiable and small markup representing the extra work and accountability involved. However, with the big nationals and large department stores with their enormous and bureaucratic ordering process, the cost can be up to two and a half times what you would pay a fabricator direct for the same worktop.

Clearly, buying through a showroom may give a certain peace of mind that if something goes wrong, it is up to them to sort it out. It is therefore essential that you choose a reliable company to provide you with worktops. How long has the company been established? Most failed firms fold in their first 3 years. So, if a business has survived longer, then it must be doing something right. You can confirm when any business was first registered by visiting a few companies and then doing an internet check on the company.

Is the company registered for Value Added Tax? If a business gains more than 67, 000 every year then it has to be VAT registered by law. Consequently, if they are not VAT registered, then they are either not doing much work and consequently will not have a lot of experience or do not have the correct machines and perhaps disobeying the law. Are they a member of any commercial organisation? These organisations will be a mentor and guide for the company and act as a referee if things go wrong.

Author: Oliver Samson

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