Frequently Asked Questions
What is a countertop fabricator?
At Dan’s Granite and Renovations we start the process by helping our customers select the right type of stone surface for their desired countertop. Once we have a type of stone in mind and the slab is selected, we visit the customer’s home or office and create a template of the counterspace so we can use it to cut the slab correctly back in the shop.
How do I choose the best countertop fabricator in my area?
When choosing a countertop fabricator to install granite, quartz, quartzite, marble or other stone countertops, there are a few steps you can take to make sure the person or company you select is both skilled and trustworthy.
- Ask for referrals: Referrals from family, friends and neighbors is by far the number one way people find me. I have not had to spend any money on advertising over my entire career and I am proud to say my reputation for workmanship and work ethic has had me covered.
- Interview candidates: The best way to feel comfortable with a countertop fabricator is to ask them questions you may have about the process. This way you will get a feel for whether or not they are true professionals who know their business. Ask them what the difference is between quartz and quartzite; what the benefits and drawbacks of granite versus marble; or where the best stone comes from.
- Ask the warehouse: Visit a few warehouses and starting getting a feel for what type of slabs are available and what you like. When you have a few options picked out, ask the warehouse if they have an installer they can recommend.
- Look at credentials: When looking for a countertop fabricator for your home remodel make sure they carry insurance that protects you from any liability.
Are home improvements tax deductible?
For most of the home improvement or home repair work that I do, for example kitchen and bathroom remodels, they are not tax deductible. The only conditions under which home improvements are tax deductible are if you are installing energy efficient equipment at your home, or if you are making improvements that aid a physically disabled person.
Construction of ramps, widening doorways or hallways for wheelchair access or adjusting bathrooms or stairways may all be tax deductible. I can help with any of these issues – give me a call and let me know what you have in mind!
What type of maintenance is needed for granite countertops?
Basic Cleaning: We recommend using nothing more than a bit of soap and water to clean granite countertops. Both porous and nonporous countertop surfaces often react poorly to chemicals, so the best cleanser is soap, water and a little elbow grease.
What types of repairs may be needed for my countertops?
Dan's Granite and Countertops is available for large or small jobs. The types of repairs we are often called to fix include:
Open or loose seams
Chipped or cracked surfaces
Re-caulking or sealing
Buffing and polishing