How does the countertop fabrication process work?
Subias Granite & Marble will use the drawing, dimensions and design details you provide to create an estimate for you. After your initial payment we will create a job folder that contains a copy of your estimate, installation contract, countertop drawing with dimensions, the details of your purchase along with a lien waiver which we will ask you to sign after your project has been installed to your satisfaction
If your cabinets are installed and secured in place we’ll coordinate with you to schedule your countertops template fabrication appointment. Our goal is to have a templator at your project within 5 business days of your purchase. We will arrive on the job site within a one hour window of the appointed time. It may take between two to three hours to complete the countertop fabrication template. The templator will verify all the details of your purchase and will also answer any questions you have regarding your installation. You or a legal representative (18 yrs. old) must be on site to sign off on all project specifications.
After your template is complete we will verify that the estimated price you paid covers all the costs involved with your project. A number of factors can affect the cost. The template may reveal an increase in the square footage; you might choose to upgrade an edge detail, change the way your sink is mounted or even decide to add new pieces to your project (i.e., a vanity, bar top etc.). If there is price increase you will be immediately contacted and we’ll discuss your options.
If you purchased natural stone countertops we will ask you to personally approve the slabs to be used to fabricate your project. After material is approved and we have all the fabrication information we need, including having any under mounted sinks and faucets in the shop we will create a Shop Folder which is given to our production team.
What can delay a project? If the material you’ve chosen is back-ordered at the supplier or if we are waiting for you to approve the slabs used to fabricate your tops will delay your installation. However we do everything in our power to eliminate unexpected delays.
The polished beautiful granite countertop that you install on your kitchen or bathroom undergoes an extensive procedure of stone fabrication to attain the final product. It's remarkable just how much happens during this procedure and how important it's to getting the most from your countertop for a long time to come. This manufacturing process is done by a stone fabricator, and it is an extremely technical person. In several cases the granite provider also specializes in stone manufacturing and everything could be done at their store prior to being delivered to your home. The convenience of one stop shopping might lead to getting greater control over the whole procedure.
In this article, we'll explore the measures between slab choice and countertop installation, also known as the fabrication procedure.
INSPECTING THE SLAB
In this initial measure, the fabricator will scrutinize your preferred slab. Stone, being a natural product frequently comprises characteristics indigenous to that specific substance, very comparable to the way individuals can be born with birthmarks. Many of those attributes include dry seams, black stains, polyester resin meet, pits, and natural directional veining, feldspar or mica conglomerates. Frequently these brands make the rock what it's, distinctive and beautiful. On occasion, a client might find specific characteristics unacceptable and also the stone fabricator will work to avoid those during templating and fabrication procedure.
Prior to templating, a final examination is made of the rock, identifying any areas unacceptable to the consumer, or areas which are more serious than the standard characteristics described above. The fabricator will mark those areas and work to avoid those during templating, while balancing the effort to minimize waste and for that reason cost.
After the slab is inspected, it's then laid out and the previously created templates are arranged on the stone to ensure the best appearance of strand texture and color. The templates are also arranged to ensure proper flow for the various countertops on your layout.
For example, with a L shaped countertop, or countertop along with an island that's parallel or perpendicular, you would like to ensure the overall stream in natural rock characteristics is satisfactory on your finished job. This pure beauty occurs more frequently in natural stone than in artificial stone, making this procedure particularly significant with granite or marble. This is where an experienced templator is the key, it's a mix of knowledge and artistry. A beautiful countertop is merely that, a part of artwork, and you would like it to be the focus you're expecting. To learn more on .see our blog for placing seams and templating.
CUTTING THE STONE
The stone is then cut with a bridge saw. Historically, the bridge saw has been the favored instrument past few years. The bridge saw cuts with a diamond segmented blade, and cuts in a feed speed of approximately 7 ft. per minute.
After pieces are cut from a big slab, they are forwarded to the fabrication specialist and with the aid of a helper and specialized fabrication tools, the granite countertop bits are then fabricated.
In this stage of the stone fabrication, the cutouts to your countertop sink, cooktop, or holes for faucets are wholly made. The initial step is cutting the rock to about 1/16 of an inches of its final size. You can put a number of pieces of rock on the tables and then work on them together. As every stone has distinct working characteristics, it's essential to have experienced and knowledgeable fabricators.
It's genuinely a job where art and technology meet to generate the optimal finished item. Some stone materials need the artistic fabricator with attention to detail for that final finish countertop. Without this business expertise, the manufacturing process might not produce the best result we're looking for as consumers. After the holes have been cut in the granite the edge profile is fabricated before it gets the final high polish. There are a number of stone countertop profiles to select from, however, the specialized fabricator and tooling can create any countertop profile you pick.
STRENGTHENING THE STONE
This step is specialized and might not be done by all stone fabricators. Whenever you cut out the templates, you end up with a couple of stones that have thin railings of Stone
In this step, rod slots (grooves in the granite) are trimmed and threaded rods have been inserted into these grooves and encapsulated in high strength epoxy. When this process was studied, it was determined that this step increases the flexural potency of the countertop in that region by 400%. We must never be jump on our countertop, but I know I’m not capable of reaching things in that high shelf, you wouldn’t need your stone cracking because this significant step has been left outside.
It bears mentioning that natural stone is very strong, approximately 5 times greater than concrete. Although distinct stones have various working attributes, once installed in your home, the stone will likely outlive any kitchen you put in it in. Understanding these characteristics and working within them during fabrication is critical to ensuring your finished project is made to endure the test of time and utilize.
We're approaching the end of the process here, polishing the stone. When the granite arrives to the fabricator from the quarry, the surface of slab is already polished. Normally the granite face isn't polished or altered at the fabricator’s shop. What does require polished, nevertheless, is the edge. Recall before the profile was created by the fabricator.
Irrespective of the advantage, it is going to now go through a 7 step polishing process. The industry standard is to use diamond polishing pads of increasing grit from 50 to 3,000 to shine the edge. Think about sandpaper in increasing grit to imagine how this process works. Similarly, if your granite is scratched or damaged, then this process is used to repair it.
In this procedure, the seam of the two stone countertop connection is feathered to remove the microchipping and attain the best and tightest seam possible. This gives you a finished product in which the seam must fit well together, not drawing attention to it.
QUALITY CONTROL & HAND FINISHING
The last step of the approach is examination of the stones. The stone fabricator will ensure the profiles are uniform around either side of the stone(s). Then they'll be reviewed from multiple angles to make sure the light is bouncing of the edges equally, and the color of the top of the stone and the edges fit perfectly. At this point, we've finished product fabrication ready to be installed into your home.
Stone is really a piece of natural art, and following this extensive process ensures that your finished product is a beautiful artisan stone countertop. Mixing experience, tools and artistry is key to a dramatic end result
The install crew will arrive at your home within a two hour window of your installation appointment. You will be contacted if there are any unforeseen delays. The installation should take approximately four to six hours, longer if needed.
After the installation we want you to perform a thorough inspection of your new countertops. We want you to be absolutely satisfied with the work we’ve performed.
In 2003 Subias Granite & Marble, Inc., began business as a factory experienced fabricator-installer. Since then we have grown to become the region's largest fabricator and installer of Granite, Quartz and Solid Surface countertops.