The first part of your Granite Tops adventure is to get in contact with our wonderful sales representatives. If your are a home owner looking to add a worktop to your new kitchen, your first point of contact is either to complete our contact form or call us directly on +353 (0)41 982 4444 and our experienced sales team will guide you through the easy process of getting your perfect worktop.
We offer a complete design and quotation service. If you would like to see and experience our Mason Quartz range, you are cordially invited to visit us at our showrooms in McGrudder's Cross, Slane, Co. Meath, C15 HP22. We are open to the public from Monday to Friday starting at 8am and closing at 5pm and on Saturdays we are available from 8am to 12:30pm.
To help us get you the best quotation and as quickly as possible, please send us an email to email@example.com. Include your name, email, your general location and as much detail about the project as possible. If you have an image or a drawing with rough measurements, we are always happy to receive these as this makes our estimates and quotations very accurate.
Once we have agreed an estimated pricing and provided you with an offical Granite Tops quotation, we will contact you to organise for our surveyor and templating team to visit you and of course at a time that is convenient for you.
We like to be well ahead of the oppostion and at Granite Tops we use the latest in digital templating technology. Our preferred product is the Prodim Proliner Digital Measuring system, this allows for complete accuracy when our team measures your project.
As each kitchen is completely unique your worktop area will be templated to get accurate measurements for cutting the stone, so that it fits precisely into position.
If you are working with a kitchen supplier, they will usually liase with us when organising templating. Otherwise, you can contact us when your kitchen is ready for our templating team.
On the day of the templating appointment we strongly recommend that you are present at the time of the survey. And there are a few things that help ensure the process of templating is a pleasant experience.
In the case of a refurbishment project, it is necessary that all existing worktops be removed before the surveyor arrives. This avoids delaying the surveyor and ensures that templates can be made as accurately as possible. Sinks, taps and hobs must be on-site on the day of templating to record their details.
During templating our surveyor may advise that certain preparation work may be required before the stone can be fitted. It is vital that this work is completed before the fitter returns to fit the stone. Generally, our surveyor will not be able to fit the stone unless this work has been carried out.
If you are supplying templates to us, please give as much detail as possible including sink and hob cutout dimensions and positioning, tap-hole sizes and positioning, polished edge details and any other relevant information.
For a more detailed discussion on how to prepare your kitchen for templating we have a blog post here.
The positioning of joints is normally dependent upon the size of the slab available and the layout of the kitchen . Slab lengths in stone are usually 3m long so there are usually joints in L-shaped and U-shaped kitchen designs. Positioning of joints can be agreed before production by liasing with our surveyor and your kitchen supplier.
A recess drainer is produced by grinding into the face of the stone. It can add to the look of a kitchen, providing that finishing touch. However by recessing the stone there may be a variation in colour between the counter top and the area of the recess. This is natural and while the difference is normally minor, it cannot be seen to be a defect in production.
Depending on the size and positioning of a hob cut-out, quartz sections may have to be "'barred'" i.e. this is where a small piece of granite is placed front and back of the cut-out. This means that there are two small joints at the back of the hob, and two at the front. Please ask your kitchen supplier to explain this in more detail.
Our staff will be happy to discuss in more detail any of the matters which have been outlined above. We hope that we can be of assistance in producing your unique countertop.
It is compulsory that all worktops / temporary worktops be removed and sinks and hobs disconnected before our fitting team arrives on-site to fit. Dishwasher and washing machine cavities should have batons placed front and back of the appliances to support the weight of the stone. If a worktop ends against a wall, which does not have a unit fitted underneath, brackets would need to be fitted to the wall in order to support the weight of the stone.
If worktops have not been prepared properly for the stone, the fitter may not be in a position to fit. This could mean that extra charges could be incurred or there could be a delay in fitting the worktop.