Before you do business with any kind of home renovator, it’s a great idea to request an estimate of costs for your project; this number can serve as a pricing baseline for the work that you’re having done, and the estimation process is an excellent way to quickly set the scope of the project before you’ve signed a contract. At AA Marble & Granite, we offer a complimentary countertop estimate for all of our customers; read on to learn exactly what we need from you, why we recommend that you get involved in the estimation process, and just what goes into calculating a countertop estimate.
The first step of the estimate process is taking basic measurements of your current countertops; we recommend that you take these measurements yourself. Rest-assured that this is a quick and simple process, and doesn’t require much more than a tape measure.
- Before you begin, remember that your measurements don’t need to be absolutely precise; this is an estimate, not a final figure, and a certain amount of error is to be expected.
- Although you probably use your countertops on a daily basis, it’s unlikely that you’ve spent very much time focusing your attention on them; this added exposure to your old counters is often useful during the design phase of your new surfaces.
- Keep in mind that these are not the final figures that will be used during fabrication and installation; the estimate measuring process is meant to be a relaxed approximation of your countertop surface area.
The actual measuring process is quick, painless, and generally takes less than an hour to complete. You shouldn’t need any tools other than a tape measure and a paper and pencil.
- It’s best to start with a simple bird’s eye layout sketch of the space that we’ll be installing the countertops in; remember to mark doors, major obstacles, and appliances like fridges and ovens.
- Mark your countertops in the sketch, making sure to specify cutouts for sinks and other appliances; the counters themselves don’t need to be drawn perfectly to scale. After that, simply divide your counters into rectangular sections; if your countertops are unusually shaped or integrate curves, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
- The final step of the process is the actual measuring; using the tape, get the length and width of each of the sections that you’ve divided the counters into, and record those measurements on the sketch. With your measurements in hand, plug the numbers into our calculator to get the total surface area of your countertops.
Before you request your estimate, there are a couple of other factors that help to determine your approximate cost. First of all, you’ll need to specify a stone choice; we offer a catalog of basic and exotic stones on our website that you’re welcome to browse. Another major factor in the estimation process is your chosen edge profile; check out our catalog of edges for more information on what we offer, and make sure to include your chosen profile in your estimate request. With your total countertop surface area, your stone choice, and your chosen edge profile all selected, feel free to give us a call at (770) 872-4066, email us at email@example.com, or fill out our Quick Contact Form, and we’ll provide a free estimate to you as soon as possible.