Before buying any material - from surfaces like countertops and flooring to pain colors - it's important to take some steps to make sure you're making the best choice for your style and needs. Here are three steps to take before committing:
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1. Consider your options.
You want to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each of your options. First, think about the cost. For most people, cost is the deciding factor. For example, a natural stone material will be more costly initially and cost-effective in the long term. In contrast, synthetic materials are more affordable. The other thing to consider is how much care must go into the material. For instance, materials such as marble may require more attention and TLC than alternative materials.
Tip: When choosing materials, be sure to look at both the quality and brand of different products. We recommend that you don't buy materials solely based on looks (even with a bargain price), as materials may not be high quality and long lasting.
2. Consider installation.
The general consensus is that you shouldn't try to install materials (think: expensive marble countertops or tile) yourself. Often times, manufacturors will not uphold a warranty if you don't have it installed by a qualified person. Consider the cost of labor in addition to materials.
3. Try it out.
Everyone has been there - you choose a paint color based on a swatch (or even a small sample on your wall) - and ultimately don't like how the color looks. The same happens with surfacing materials, too. We recommend going to a home improvement website, the manufacturer's website, or working with your designer and contractor to "try out" what the material will look like in your home. When you're investing in (sometimes) costly materials, it's comforting to know that you'll love how they work for a long time.
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