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Choosing Your Countertop Material: Things You Must Consider

Tue, May 16, 2017

Your kitchen is likely the center of your home. It is a gathering place, somewhere you entertain guests, and where you cook great food. With all the time spent in a kitchen, it is a great place to focus a remodeling effort on. While there will be a lot of choices that you need to make, one of the most important ones is choosing your countertop material. It greatly impacts the functionality, the cost, and the look of your kitchen; taking care in this decision is critical.

Functionality

Your countertop takes a beating. Cutting, chopping, and hot pans all can damage your countertop. Some materials like granite and stainless steel hold up better to this than others. Quartz and limestone are also alternatives that hold up well under this kind of abuse, but they all have their weaknesses. You can look at your kitchen habits and decide what is most important. A baker who deals with hot pans from the oven may lean towards a material that is more heat resistant, while accident prone cooks may want to make sure their countertops are less likely to chip.

Cost

The bottom line matters, and cost is always something to consider. While less expensive countertops may be less resilient, expensive countertops may just be out of your budget. This can be a delicate balance, as inexpensive materials may need to be replaced more often. Kitchen remodeling in San Antonio can be an expensive undertaking, and managing costs in all aspects of the project can be challenging.

Design Considerations

Every kind of countertop has its own unique look. The natural and unpredictable look of granite can enhance many spaces, but it might not fit the style you are going for. Stainless steel gives great durability, but it may be too industrial for your liking. It may be somewhat difficult to find a countertop that meets all of your needs, and a balance between all three criteria is going to be your best solution.

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Shaw Remodeling was extremely professional in their execution of our master bathroom remodel this year. They made great suggestions in the showroom and carried our choices into the design and completion of the project. The workmanship was very good and the project was completed in the timeframe as promised. I will be using them again!

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Our kitchen remodel took 8 weeks to complete. Salvador and his crew worked hard. They were knowledgeable and professional, as well as, friendly throughout the process. I had a special request for the color of my cabinets. Salvador got it done. They are beautiful and unique. I was always able to reach Salvador at anytime and he always took care of the situation. The office staff was so helpful, especially in the selection process.. Everyone was professional, helpful and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend Shaw Remodeling, the office staff, Salvador and crew for your remodeling needs, big or small. We will definitely call them again.

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by John & Lynne B. on ReviewBuzz

Shaw is a very professional company. Anthony was informative, courteous, and super professional. He communicated continually throughout the remodeling process and was always willing to adjust or change anything we requested. His crew was very respectful. Christopher, Marcus, and Roy are outstanding in their fields. From Patrick's design expertise and Brittany's helpful coordination of materials, my kitchen is beautiful and functional. The Shaw team follows up continually and is great to work with.

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From our initial visit with Patrick to our design session with Brittany to our final “walk through” with Anthony, our bathroom shower project went VERY smoothly. All craftsmen were professional, doing high quality work. I would not hesitate to recommend Shaw Company Remodeling.

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by Lgrem131@yahoo.com on ReviewBuzz

February 2018 To the Shaw Company: Let me start out by saying the GARZA project has turned out to be a smashing success!!!!! Our kitchen, floors, and wall removal was a huge project and we lived to tell about it (hard to do with two toddlers and two dogs in the house!). But it would be remise of us not to mention what a positive and professional experience we had from start to finish with your company. Mr. Paul Colavecchia helped answer the millions of questions we had and gave us HONEST estimates about the work ahead. He showed up to help us in closing on our loan and kept the lines of communication opened at all times. Ms. Brittany Shaw and Gerrilynn Mohler helped us design everything and made, what felt like an overwhelming experience, into a positive and fun process. But it is with grateful hearts that we commend the team of incredibly hard working guys that made everything possible for us: • Jorge – the amount of effort he put into cutting and laying the floors in such a large space so they came out “just perfect” was a wonder to watch! Thank you! • Marcus – from our lighting, plumbing and appliance installation -he really puts in a hard day’s work – and all with a sense of humor!!! We appreciate the long hours! Thank you! • Roy – He took ideas for my “dream cabinets” and made them a reality! They are beautiful and efficient. Whether it is conversations or quality of work – when dealing with Roy the professionalism is of the highest caliber. Thank you! Lastly, what can you say about Rusty that hasn’t been mentioned already! He treated our home like his own home and that is hard to find. It may sound cliché, but my husband and I have waited a long time to take this house and make it our home, so it truly is a dream finally realized and Rusty was the man who made it happen for us. We are truly indebted to him. In closing, we feel very blessed that we found your company, but of course, you made it easy for us to choose Shaw. Since you gave us your respect and quality workmanship, we will be sure to give you the only thing we have to offer (and the most important) our future recommendations (and possibly more work!!). Take care.

Very Respectfully, The Garza Family – James, Melissa, Dominic, & Amelia

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There is NO other remodeling company that I would have you call!! Twelve years ago Shaw Remodeling showed up and did an amazing job at my home!!!

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To the owners and management of Shaw, We wanted you all to know how pleased we are with the results of our recent bathroom tub to shower conversion. It turned out beautiful, exactly the way we had hoped. Your staff was top notch! From start to finish every person involved was professional, on time or early and friendly. In addition, we were impressed with how much care they took in keeping our home clean throughout the whole process. We realized after the job was finished that they had actually wiped down the bathroom to remove and left over dust... Nice job on hiring great help! Thank you again. Looking forward to seeing you again this week to measure and install cabinets in our laundry room and master bath!

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by Garon P. on ReviewBuzz

One word my wife uses to describe our new shower "Fantastic". Rusty our project manager/technician was meticulous with an attention to detail. We are very well pleased with the results. Thank you.

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by David L. on ReviewBuzz

hey took down all popcorn ceiling in entire house. Did a master bathroom and a master bedroom remodel. Turned out way better than I anticipated!!! Beautiful!!! Very pleased. Thanks John, Brittany, Alain and Alain Jr.

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by Lisa V. on Facebook

Excellent design suggestions, to Patrick’s in house pricing, to Anthony and Christopher’s hard work, respect, and understanding, to Nancy and Meridith holding my hand through 8 change orders, my dream kitchen has come to fruition through Shaw Remodeling. 5 Star company with 5 Star people from start to finish!

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by Laura P. on ReviewBuzz

I write because I had an experience with The Shaw Remodeling Company that I have never had before. The Shaw Company did a major remodeling job on my home about six years ago. A few months ago I discovered an issue associated with the work that was done by The Shaw Company. I called the Shaw company, asked for customer relations and explained my issue to a person named Evan. Evans response to me was, "I am going to own your concern. I don't know what we can do since it has been six years but I will make sure that management is made aware of your concern". A few days later I received a call from Mr. Eric Shaw. He scheduled an appointment and came to my home with an independent plumber. They determined that it would be an expensive fix and, the issue was due to a problem with the original work. Mr. Shaw looked at me and said, :I own this problem and, I will take care of it". It was a very expensive repair. It involved taking out tile, concrete and, excavating. Shaw Remodeling sent a crew it my home to correct the issue and complete the repair. I have done business with several contractors. I have never had anyone take unconditional ownership of mistake (be reminded that this was six years after the work was done). I recommend The Shaw Remodeling Company because they do great work and they will be there for you after the job is completed. Andrew Cameron

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by Andrew C on ReviewBuzz

Great company to do business with. They did everything I requested and a few extras. Juan and his team did great on getting our remodel completed. We are so pleased.

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Please accept our appreciation for a job well done. The project exceeded our expectations, and was executed with a staff performing customer service and client interaction of the highest order.

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by William

I have been using Shaw Company since 2002 (14 years now) when I had a partial flood in my house. Not only an excellent job at a fairly reasonable price, the workgroup foreman added a couple of preventative extras at no cost to me. Since that time, altho I have contacted other contractors for an estimate, I primarily use only Shaw Co. Eric is friendly yet polite and is meticulous about making sure I know what they will be doing and how long the job will take. He answers any questions I have whether before, during, or even after the job. His workmen are always on time, do the job as contracted, and careful to clean up their mess. I know I can trust Eric and his workmen to live up to the contract and, if necessary, beyond.

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We had a wonderful master bath renovation experience. They completed the job within the time frame they quoted. Anthony was a great project manager and communicated with me every day so I would know what to expect and at what time the workers would arrive. I found him to be an excellent representative for the company. Christopher was always pleasant and listened to and addressed any concerns I might have had. He is also a wonderful company representative. Nancy was pleasant and always kept me informed. Shaw Company Remodeling is lucky to have these 3 people working for them. This was NOT one of those nightmare renovations you hear about with others who say they can do it cheaper. I would highly recommend this company and do business with them again.

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by Lamar Pruit on Facebook

We had a great experience with Shaw. Patrick gave us great ideas and pricing for our kitchen remodel and bathroom update. Brittany guided me in making the best choices for the remodel.Nancy held my hand and Anthony and Christopher brought my ideas to fruition, they showed up daily worked hard respected our home and always left with a smile! 5 Star Company with 5 Star people!

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by Laura P. on Google

We wanted to express our absolute satisfaction with the repair and remodeling work that was performed by your company at our home. I have never been happier with construction contractors.

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by Hans & Christina

Best remodeling ever.....true perfectionist! Eric and Carolyn are the best!

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by Sandra O. on Facebook

I had a wonderful experience with my recent renovation, timely help, many choices in the showroom, professional workers in my house, reasonable cost. This was the second time I used this company. Granite countertop, tile flooring, lighting, paint, tile backsplash, sink. I feel like I have a whole new house! And I didn't have to take off work, GREAT JOB, Shaw!

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by Wendy R. on Yelp

Jordan, Brittany and Clay were all great during the remodeling process. Clay was very thorough and detail oriented and addressed any concerns we had very quickly. We will definitely be using Shaw for future remodeling needs.

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by Danielle S. on Facebook

We hired Shaw Co to redo our shower. We had previously received quotes from two other shower companies but we felt they were being less than honest with us and were pricier than they needed to be. Shout out to Patrick and Fernando, Jr!

These guys at Shaw are great: they'll do what they say they're going to do, and they do it on time. For the next project, they're at the top of the list.

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by Jason DeSouza on Google

We just love our new shower. Your team was able to create a beautiful new shower that complimented our existing tile. We would love to be put on your reference list.

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by Robert & Pat

Alain and his crew were great. Hard working through this heat outside. Very conscious about the area they were not working in to keep clean. Great job painting brick, siding and trim with different shades. Very professional in their execution of the contract. Would definitely contract them for any future work. Thanks again.

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by Thomas Nelson on Facebook