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The Ultimate Glossary of Fabricator Terms and Phrases

You just returned from your local fabricator, all excited about your granite countertop installation. But as you think back to your conversation with the fabricator, you wonder what some of the terms mean that he mentioned. What’s a honed finish? He mentioned something about a bullnose finish. What’s that? And you faintly remember him referring

Bruffet Family Home Remodel

“We found out about EZ Tile and Marble Countertops when we were looking on the computer for places that install tile and counter-tops and wood flooring and we saw the EZ Tile and Marble website.  We read their information and saw the beautiful pictures of some of the work they’ve done We went to their

Classic European inspiration for a rustic kitchen design

Planning a new kitchen and not sure what style to aim for? Try looking towards classic European design for inspiration and decor details. Kitchen remodeling is increasing in popularity. We have less money to eat out all the time, and are looking instead to update and improve upon our old and rather tired-looking cabinetry at

How to Clean Your Ceramic Tile Installations like a Pro

Recommended for commercial and residential properties, ceramic tile installations add beauty, functionality, safety and value to your home or business. Once the installers leave, the proper care of your tiles is up to you. Yet did you know that the location of your installed tile makes a big difference when it comes to keeping it clean and

Pro Tips For Tile Installations and Design

Your kitchen’s tile backsplash is a canvas upon which you can express your personality and tastes.  More than any other place in your kitchen, the backsplash is customizable, flexible, and designable.  That’s why the experts at HGTV have offered some helpful designer tips for choosing the right look for your tile backsplash. Get started– Start by taping

Top 3 Reasons Why Tile Installations Are Perfect for California Homes

Crafted from clay and heated on such high temperatures that the result is an exceedingly durable product, tile installations are perfect choices for California homes and businesses. In addition to being an extremely long-lasting flooring pick, the sheer quantity of available sizes and colors makes ceramic tiles an ideal option for the homeowner in search of a

California Homeowners Can Be Held “At Fault” When Hiring Unlicensed Contractors for Remodeling

The California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC) is encouraged by the uptick of home remodeling that is currently ongoing in the Golden State. At the same time, these professionals are concerned that you may incur liabilities that you do not even realize exist. For example, did you know that California homeowners can be held “at

Why You Should Get Additional Estimates Before Hiring a Contractor

When purchasing a mass produced brand name product such as an Apple iPad, there’s virtually no risk in purchasing it at the first store you go into, at least in terms of product quality. An iPad purchased at Best Buy will be of the same quality as one purchased at an Apple store. But hiring a contractor to perform work on your home or business is quite different.

Even if you’re hiring someone to install a mass produced product like a central air conditioning unit, you should get more than one estimate for the job before you hire someone to do it. Here’s why:

To begin with, it’s always good to be able to make price comparisons for the same work to ensure that you don’t overpay. To that end, you should create a list of specifications for the job so that each contractor you get an estimate from knows exactly what you want. These specifications should be as detailed as possible.

Having said all that, you should keep in mind that the lowest price isn’t always the least expensive. For example, if you hire a contractor who doesn’t quite know what he’s doing or doesn’t pay close enough attention to detail and the overall quality of his work, you could wind up with additional expenses down the road to rectify problems he caused, either directly or indirectly.

In addition to price comparisons, it can be very helpful to get different perspectives on the job at hand.

Staying with the central air conditioner example, most people would assume that the new unit should be placed in the same spot as the existing one. However, there may have been changes to local codes that require moving the unit to a different location on the property. Not all contractors stay current in their knowledge of local codes. Or maybe moving the unit to a different spot would be better for its functionality. Again, not all contractors would recognize that and point it out.

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