Making countertops from slabs of natural stone or Quartz is “artisan” work and requires much skill, experience, and hard work to get it right.
But the results are worth it- we love making beautiful new countertops, and it shows. Most stone fabricators go home at the end of the day tired, but happy.
Whether your project is small or large, there are five basic steps to making your new countertops:
Step 1) Final Measure: When Rocky came to your house to do your quote, he took measurements rounded to the inch.
But once you select your stone and sign a contract, you will be ready for the final measurements and/or template to be made- and these measurements will be to the nearest eighth inch.
Irregular shapes require a template to be made (like the one in the photo), but if your new tops are rectangles, then we can just take length and width measurements. A small kitchen may need just 15 minutes to take final measurements, a large kitchen with irregular angles may take up to two hours to make a template.
Getting the final measurements and/or template PERFECT is the most critical part of the fabrication process. And that is why Rocky, the owner of the company, does all the templates and final measures himself.
Step 2) Prepare Slabs for Cutting: Once your job is ready to make, we order in your slabs from the slab yard.
We inspect them to be sure there are no problems or issues which may affect fabrication.
Then we move your slabs to the cutting table and lay out your templates and/or measurements on them to make sure there will be no problem getting your job completed within the limits of the material. Once your slabs pass this step, we are ready to start cutting.
Step 3) The cutting process: Cutting the various pieces of your project from your slabs is the next step.
Huge saws with very expensive diamond blades are used to cut slabs of granite and Quartz.
The “Cutter” is one of the most preferred jobs in the shop- but only the most experienced and careful are allowed to cut, one mistake and a very expensive slab may be ruined. So cutting stone is no place for amateurs. (Just look at the concentration and focus on the face of the “Cutter” in this photo!)
Step 4) Polishing edges and sink cutouts: The slabs come from the factory already polished on the surface. But when we cut the piece from the slabs, the cut edges all need to be polished, and the sink cutout needs to be made and polished as well.
This is the most difficult and time-consuming part of the fabrication process. We never know until we actually start polishing how long it will take- some stone is “soft” and polishes easily, while other stone is “hard” and may take two or three times the effort to polish.
Polishing is done with diamond polishing pads of different grits, just like sandpaper that is used for sanding wood. The final polish brings the cut edges up to a shiny luster just like the surface of the slab. Once the polish is done, your finished pieces are ready for installation.
Step 5) Installation. Your beautiful new countertops have been fabricated and they are ready to install.
The highest paid workers of the fabrication process are the installers. They are true stone artisans.
The installation of your new countertops normally takes one day, a half day for smaller kitchens.
The installers will arrive with your fabricated pieces on their truck or trailer. Then they do all necessary tear-out and preparation before carrying the piece into your home and laying them onto your cabinets. Seams are set, sinks are glued in, backsplash installed, all the pieces given a final cleaning, then the final step is to caulk the joints.
Your’re going to love your new countertops! And we hope you choose us to make them for you. Please be sure to call or text if you have any questions not addressed by this website.