If you have fallen in love with the idea of marble countertops in your next kitchen remodeling job, you may be wondering just how you are going to be able to afford the marble you want on a tight budget. Here are a few tips:
Watch for Sales
There are always sales getting underway no matter what type of shopping you are doing. This also holds true in the case of marble countertops. In this case you should visit local stores to find out which pieces are being sold at a discount at this time. There is always something that has been overstocked or is no longer being used that you may be able to get for much less than you expected.
Tile vs. Slab
The next thing to think about when it comes to marble countertops is if you have to have one solid marble slab or if you are willing to go with marble tiles. Marble tile is less expensive than slabs of marble and can be beautiful; however, the grout lines tend to be less hygienic as they accumulate debris.
Be flexible on Your Design
When it comes to marble countertops, the more flexible you are, the more likely you are to get something you can afford. In this case, if you are willing to flex your design or marble preferences, you may be able to knock a lot of money off of the final costs of your project. Just a simple change like a different edge can make a major price difference.
Avoid Rip Offs
The final thing to keep in mind is to keep your eyes open for deals that seem to be too good to be true. They usually are. Unfortunately there are shady people out there that would offer you a great deal on the natural stone countertops you have been dreaming of. They may then take your money and disappear; never delivering the goods you have been promised.
Do plenty of research and make sure you choose a reputable and well established company for your countertops. There are still affordable deals to be had and this way you know you will be getting the marble countertops you wanted instead of a rip off.
This article was written by Charlie Thiede, owner of Rock Tops Granite, the leading experts in granite and marble countertops fabrication and installation. Rock Tops Ganite has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the US, with a new store in Maryland Hgts, MO, servicing the Greater St. Louis area.. Visit http://www.rocktopsgranite.com to locate a showroom where you can learn more.