Frequently Asked Questions
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Do you offer installation?
Yes we do. Be it a large project or a small remodel, we specialize in fabrication & installation services and guarantee our work to be of the best quality on all stone work.
How can I get an estimate?
Usually we give estimates based on measurements supplied by the customer. However, our installers will come to your house to take their own measurments or make a template before they actually cut the granite. To provide an accurate estimate, we really need a diagram of your kitchen with dimensions. If you are getting new cabinets, your cabinet designer can usually supply a diagram that we can use. If you are keeping your existing cabinets, it is best if you can make a sketch of your kitchen showing the dimensions of your counter tops.
Click here to see a sample kitchen diagram
To make your own sketch, you can download an estimate sheet, fill it out and fax or email it back to us. Estimates are free of charge. Click here to download an estimate sheet
Here are some tips for creating a sketch of your kitchen:
- When printing the estimate sheet, select none in the Page Scaling box, and it will print with 5 squares per inch.
- List all dimensions in inches, usually rounding up to the nearest inch.
- Measure all dimensions along the back edge of the counter top (along the wall). If there are angles in the counter top, measure both the back and the front edge dimensions
- When drawing the diagram, a scale of one small square = 5" works well to fit most kitchens on one page
- Use an "X" to mark all edges that need to be polished
- Specify what granite color you want
- Specify whether you want a surface mount or under mount sink
- If you include your email address, we can email you back a written estimate.
See the Contact page for our fax number and email address
Can I install this myself?
Yes, you can install the counter tops yourself. However, this is mostly recommended for fairly simple kitchens, like galley kitchens. You can cut the standard counter tops to length using a circular saw and a diamond blade, which can be purchased at most hardware stores. If you have an "L" shaped or "C" shaped kitchen, there will be seams in the corners, which can be tricky to get right for the do-it-yourselfer. Also if you need extra edge polishing such as for an under mount sink or around an island that is cut to size, it might be best left up to a professional.
We do have a "fabrication only" option, where the fabricator can do all the cutting and polishing, and even deliver the granite to your house. You can then do the installation yourself and save some money.
What forms of payment do you take?
We take cash, checks. We ask that you pay for the granite up front, before they start cutting it. You pay the installation portion at the end when the job is complete. Since installation is roughly half of your total cost, this works out to be about half down, and half due at the end. We will itemize the granite and installation charges on your estimate.
Do you have remnants?
We have a great selection of granite, marble and quartz remnants. Variety of sizes and colors. Please come into our shop to check current stock.
Do you offer shipping?
We do not offer shipping by itself, however we do install all over Colorado, and sometimes as far away as Wyoming or Nebraska. Most of our installations are in the Denver/Boulder area though.
What is the best way to transport granite?
If you want to pick up granite and take it with you, it is best to transport it vertically, on edge. If you lay it flat, it can sometimes break going over a bump. You can build a simple a-frame out of 2x4's, and strap the granite to the a-frame with ratcheting tie down straps. The angle of the a-frame should be about a 10 degrees. We also have some a-frames that you can borrow (with a deposit) or purchase.
Click here to see picture of a-frames for transport.
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