5 Tips for Hiring a Good Contractor

Once you find that perfect slab of granite, you may think your countertop renovation troubles are officially over. But hire the wrong contractor, and you could find your counters improperly installed or damaged. Choosing the wrong contractor can cost you in both stress and fix-it costs. So how can you make sure you’ve found the right contractor for the job?

How to the Best Contractor for Granite Installation

  1. professional contractorsAsk around. When in doubt, phone a friend. Ask them to share the pros and cons of their bathroom or kitchen renovation, so you’ll have a better grasp of what to look for. If they were happy with their installation, ask for the contact information of the contractor they hired for the project.
  2. Talk to the pros. In many cases, your fabricators will carefully measure, cut, and install granite countertops themselves. If installation isn’t a service provided by your fabricator of choice, ask them to recommend a contractor. Fabricators typically have insider information about the best in the business, and they also have a vested interest in making your project a success.
  3. Look online. While you can’t trust every online review, Google, Yelp, and Facebook reviews are a good indicator of whether a contractor is hard working, honest, and affordable.
  4. Get several estimates. You wouldn’t buy a car after only test-driving one model. Narrow it down to a handful of contractors, then talk to each about the project parameters and timeline. Get a written estimate of the cost of installation, so you’re not surprised by additional charges down the road.
  5. Go with your gut. If you don’t like the contractor you’re working with, the project will become a major headache. Choose a contractor who’s upfront, friendly, and shares a vision for your remodel.

To learn more about installing granite countertops, call Williams Fabrication in Woodstock, GA.

Can You DIY a Stone Countertop Installation?

Why did the DIY craze become so popular? People started realizing that there was no reason to shell out cash for straightforward home improvement projects. Doing-it-yourself is a great way to expand your skillset, invest labor into your home, and bond with your spouse (or wind up sleeping on the couch). But which home projects are DIY-ready, and which require a professional hand?

Kitchen Countertops: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Woman holding wrenchInstalling a countertop is a little more straightforward the rewiring the house, and you’re unlikely to electrocute yourself or burn anything down if you mess up. But installing a natural stone countertop can still be dangerous. Granite, quartz, and marble countertops require special equipment to install. You may need a belt sander, scribing tool, filing tool, hand saw or jigsaw, drill, or stone sealant to complete the project. Natural stone countertops are heavy and unwieldy, and in most cases, measurements must be exact. Since you’ve already called Williams Fabrication to cut and prep the stone, it’s easy to let us handle the installation as well.

When can you install a new kitchen countertop yourself?

  • If you have the necessary equipment, experience, and manpower to move and install the stone
  • If you know how improper installation of stone can cause stress fractures
  • If you’re installing a tile or laminate countertop
  • If you have the time to invest in a DIY countertop project

Before deciding to do a DIY countertop installation, contact Williams Fabrication. We’ll help you find a countertop that fits your budget, labor and all.

How Natural Stone Countertops Are Made

Do you ever sit in front of the TV, enraptured by How It’s Made? There’s something about behind-the-scenes looks that captures our attention, and nothing is more captivating than discovering how the items we use everyday are designed, created, and shipped out for our use. Williams Fabrication is giving you a peek into our world. Learn how stone countertops are made, polished, and installed in your home.

How Stone Countertops Are Made

If you’ve ever seen an episode of the Flintstones, you know the basics of how granite, marble, and quartz countertops are made. First you saddle up the dinosaur . . .

Okay, okay. Here’s how natural stone countertops are actually made.

  1. quarry lakeStart in a quarry. A quarry is an excavation pit where stone is cut or blasted from the earth to be used in building materials. Some quarries contain veins of multiple varieties of stone, while others contain primarily one type of stone. Quarries themselves haven’t changed much since ancient times, only the technology we use to remove the stone.
  2. Fire up the equipment. There are three basic types of equipment used for fabricating natural stone: saws, polishers, and routers. Saws cut huge chunks of stone from the earth. Diamond wire saws (yes, they’re embedded with actual diamonds) quickly cut through even the hardest stone. A smaller bridge saw shapes the chunks of rock into kitchen countertops, bathroom sinks, or anything else the stone destined to become. Polishers grind away the rough outer layer, leaving a gleaming slab of marble, granite, or quartz. Finally routers hone the edge and cut decorative designs so it fits homeowners’ specifications.
  3. Make it yours. Once the stone is cut and polished to perfection, it’s time to install a new countertop in your home. Enjoy the strength, durability, and unique beauty of your natural stone kitchen.

Want to see step #3 in action? Contact Williams Fabrication in Atlanta.

Don’t Get Burned on a Kitchen Remodel

Your kitchen is the hub of your house. It’s where you make lunches before dashing off to work and school, it’s where you congregate to cook after a long day, and it’s where you make holiday magic happen. Kitchen remodels often mean a whole lot of takeout until renovations are complete. Don’t swing the first sledgehammer until you have a kitchen remodel plan in place.

How to Start a Kitchen Remodel

  1. couple cooking in modern kitchenPartner up. The first step to a successful kitchen remodel is finding the right person for the job. Unless your spouse is a contractor, you’ll want to find a reputable professional to help manage the project.
  2. Build a budget. Make sure there’s an “emergency fund” built into your budget. Remodels often go over cost because of mishaps with materials, additional labor, or other unforeseen issues.
  3. Prioritize. Do you want to install quartz countertops, update the appliances, tear out the cabinets, add an island, and maybe install a wine fridge while you’re at it? Prioritize your wish list so you don’t overspend.
  4. Minimize risk (and cut costs). What’s an easy way to speed up your remodel (and save some dough while you’re at it)? Keep the general layout of your kitchen intact, focusing on easy updates like new cabinets and countertops. Moving the oven across the room isn’t only costly, it’s also probably pointless.
  5. Simplify the process. You may splurge on replacing cracked formica counters with sturdy, elegant quartz, but a simple coat of paint may breathe new life into the cabinets. Consider low-cost solutions before splurging for a major renovation.

Do you want to install durable countertops in the kitchen? Natural stone countertops are beautiful, clean, and made to last. Call Williams Fabrication to learn about your options for installing stone countertops.

5 Tips for Maintaining Granite Countertops

When you invest in a granite countertop, you want to protect it. The good news is that granite is durable, easy to clean, and most colors naturally conceal spills. Keep your granite gleaming with these maintenance tips.

5 Maintenance Tips for Granite Countertops

  1. Choose wisely. Granite is tough enough to take hectic holiday cooking, kooky kids art projects, and plenty of spills. Choose a color of stone that will conceal any messes until you can clean them up.
  2. Consider the coat. We recommend sealing natural stone counters. Granite countertops only need resealing every few years. How can you tell when it’s time? Leave a wet rag on the countertop for 10-15 minutes. When you pick it up, check whether the stone is discolored. If so, it’s time to reseal your granite countertops.
  3. egg broken on counterKeep it clean. Just because your counters can take the abuse doesn’t mean you have an excuse. Protect granite counters by wiping up spills quickly, especially if they’re acidic substances like citrus or vinegar.
  4. Give it some TLC. Steer clear of gritty cleaners, which will leave your granite looking lackluster and dull. All you need to keep your granite glistening is warm, soapy water and a soft sponge. For best results, clean your counters at the end of each day in addition to mopping up spills as needed.
  5. Be gentle. Granite countertops are strong, but frequent abuse may lead to chips, cracks, or stains. Think twice before you shove pet kennels, yard equipment, or heavy boxes onto the counter “just for a second.” The floor may be a better option.

For more information on installing and caring for granite countertops, call Williams Fabrication.

Benefits of Using Stone in Bathroom Remodels

Remodeling your bathroom can be an exciting, fun project. You have an image in your head of your ideal bathroom, and you can’t wait until that picture becomes reality. But remodeling can also be a challenge. What contractors should you use? Are your grand ideas feasible? What materials should you use? There’s always another option, another flashy redesign to inspire you. But the secret to a successful bathroom remodel is starting with the basics: stone.

Stone has quickly become a choice building material for bathroom remodels. Of course we all know that stone has a natural beauty and tangible quality that takes bathroom décor to the next level. And there’s nothing better than falling in love with your shower again every time you step inside it. But beauty isn’t the only benefit of incorporating stone into a bathroom remodel. Why does Williams Fabrication love stone for bathrooms?

  1. pile of stones on beachVersatility. Stone comes in a variety of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes. Find a rose quartz, classic natural stone, or patterned stone that matches your personal style and the overall look of your bathroom design
  2. Sanitation. Stone is more hygienic than tiles and other bathroom remodel options.
  3. Durability. Stone will last far longer than other common bathroom remodel materials.
  4. Cost-effectiveness. Because it’s so durable and attractive, incorporating stone into the bathroom often increases home value.
  5. Eco-friendly. Natural materials, no chemicals required.

You can’t go wrong with using stone when remodeling your bathroom. Here at Williams Fabrication, we make sure that we take the time to do the job right. Your satisfaction is our number one priority, and we work hard for you!

5 Ways to Love White Quartz Countertops

Are you about to do a kitchen renovation or are already in the midst of one? Find out just what a white quartz countertop can do to inspire your kitchen renovation. White quartz countertops have a beauty and magic all their own. They also have a practicality that will inspire your inner chef, giving your kitchen a traditional essence, modern flow, and warm glow like no other. It’s as simple as that. Since the kitchen is often considered the most central room in the home, it only makes sense to liven up this space with its own distinct style. White quartz countertops do this. What are some of our favorite ways to use quartz in the kitchen?

  1. quartz rock crystalWhite quartz countertops paired with teal accents make the kitchen look grander, much brighter, and bigger to the natural eye.
  2. White quartz countertops paired with wood give off a look that is beautiful, bold, and masculine.
  3. White quartz countertops incorporated into cottage style decor promotes a feminine look with a touch of vintage flair.
  4. White quartz countertops in an elegant kitchen mixes sophistication and simplicity to create an understated, luxurious appearance.
  5. White quartz countertop with a bit of sparkle can create a jazzy, lavish, and eclectic vibe for a fun, modern kitchen.

White quartz countertops give homeowners options. They look crisp and fresh, whether paired with sleek modern fixtures or soft, traditional kitchen decor. Don’t think twice about quartz countertops for your kitchen renovation. Call Williams Fabrication for all of your granite and marble needs.