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Why seeing and feeling are crucial when choosing countertop surfaces

Why seeing and feeling are crucial when choosing countertop surfaces

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When remodeling your kitchen or bath, there are many businesses on the internet with all kinds of tips, pointers and offers. Having a website that allows people to check-out countertops online is a tremendous help.

On the other hand, visiting a physical showroom is crucial. Bedrock Quartz, a local countertop company, encourages prospective buyers to visit one of its local showrooms before purchasing new countertops.

"There is something about the showroom experience that just cannot be replicated online," Scot Nichols, director of sales at Bedrock Quartz said. "So, if you're planning to install new countertops, there's nothing like touching and seeing products in person."

Online images can't compare with reality

Websites can post hundreds of photos to help narrow down the styles and colors available in developing a plan for a new kitchen, but actually seeing and touching examples of quartzite, quartz, marble, and granite countertops can help finalize your decision.

Photos typically don't do justice to the actual materials. Natural and overhead lighting highlights and catches the depth and variation of the stone to really make it sparkle and shine. No two pieces look exactly the same. So, what you see in pictures is just a sample of what may be available when it's time to make a choice.

If you want to see the stone that will ultimately become your new countertop, the only way to do so is to see it in person.

Why seeing and feeling are crucial when choosing countertop surfaces
Photo: Bedrock Quartz

The tactile experience is incredible

The appearance of a granite, marble, or quartz countertop is only one aspect of its aesthetic appeal. Gaining a true appreciation is all about a tactile experience. Not only do you get to see what the stone looks like, you can run your hands across the surface and feel it, noticing the various finishes and the edge choices offered.

That experience does not come from a website. It's a lot like buying clothes or buying a piece of art. Seeing and touching a countertop is similar to trying on clothes in a dressing room or seeing art in person.

Answering questions

Beyond seeing and touching quartzite, quartz, granite, and marble countertops, visiting a physical showroom provides the opportunity to ask a designer questions.

"Most people only remodel once or twice in a lifetime, so it's normal to have questions," Nichols said. "True, homeowners can find lots of general information about stone countertops on the internet. You can learn all about cleaning natural stone, which materials are more stain-resistant than others, and so on. But if you want to know the specifics about countertops and installation, speak to an industry professional."

As a side note, visiting a showroom can lead to questions you didn't even know you had, and that visit provides an opportunity to learn from trained designers. You'll be far more informed than you likely would have been had you not stopped by.

Why seeing and feeling are crucial when choosing countertop surfaces
Photo: Bedrock Quartz

Bedrock Quartz experts are eager to meet you

At Bedrock Quartz, stone countertops are a passion. Professionals assist with countertop decisions, choosing a complimentary backsplash, sink and a faucet that will complement your design. Each showroom features a selection of quartz, marble, and granite countertops you can see and touch to your heart's content. Friendly, educated staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain the installation process.

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