Upgrading the countertops in your kitchen or bathrooms is no simple task. As you certainly know, countertops are far from being a “here today, gone tomorrow” item in your home. It takes careful planning and organization to successfully upgrade your countertops.
At House of Mirrors, we firmly believe in the benefits of glass countertops. Unlike other countertop finishers, glass is not an “off the shelf” type of product. Most glass countertops are custom products that require extensive attention from the design phase all the way through fabrication.
Because virtually all glass countertops are custom-made, many of the final decisions are left to the buyer. Our experienced salespeople will do everything they can to help you make an informed decision, but it ultimately comes down to you.
In choosing new glass countertops for your home, there are a few important points you should consider:
Plans and Templates
Regardless of who you choose to custom make glass countertops for your home, you’ll need to provide that person or company with plans and a template for the design of your custom glass countertops. If you’re working with a full-service company like House of Mirrors, you’ll be able to work closely with experts to create a clear and concise design template. Because we work on your design with you, that knowledge translates easily into the fabrication stage, ensuring that the finished product is exactly what you had in mind.
Depending on your individual preferences, the final price of your custom glass countertops can fluctuate greatly. Price ultimately depends on a number of variables, including overall size, thickness, type of glass, additional artistic details, and more. Glass countertops can range from $60 to $300 per square foot. You can easily exceed this range with the addition of many personalized details. Coming into the House of Mirrors showroom is a great way to discuss your preferences and pricing options with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Fabrication Lead Time
When settling on when the tear down and construction phases of the project will go down, you need to work backwards to ensure that you give your glass fabricator enough lead time to make sure your countertops are ready for installation when you want them to be installed. In some cases, custom glass countertops will require a lead-time of several months. Make sure you factor this lead-time into your overall plans for construction or remodeling.
Shipping and Damage Policies
As with any large home improvement project, you should be sure that you have some recourse for poor workmanship. It’s also important to protect yourself if damages occur to your custom glass countertops during transportation. Most fabricators understand the fragility of their product, and at House of Mirrors we take the utmost care of your custom product through fabrication, transportation, and installation. That being said, you should always know what your responsibilities are when the product arrives at your home, and you should also know who is responsible if your glass countertops are damaged at any point in the process. Don’t be surprised to find out that you’ve got no recourse if damages do occur. Make sure you’re covered!
If you’re looking at installing custom glass countertops in your home, please visit House of Mirrors online or give us a call at 1-403-253-3777 to get the process started today!
Written by Greg Dunn. Visit Greg on Google+