We all know what granite countertops are. Whether in the home or at the workplace, granite is practically everywhere we go these days. However, how much do you really know about NH granite fabricators and the journey your countertop endures before entering your home? Because we love our natural stone here at Spencer Granite, we wanted to take a moment to bring you behind the scenes of the fabrication process.
Where does granite come from?
Granite is a natural stone consisting of quartz, mica, and feldspar. Mined from a quarry, through blasting or drilling, rough blocks of granite are sent to shops and turned into slabs with a mining machine. Slabs are typically five to nine feet and length once cut.
The journey continues
In the next step of the journey, the granite slabs are polished. By polishing the stone, you not only get aesthetic beauty, but you’ll obtain an even thickness. One of the final steps in slab creation is the inspection phase. Before becoming available for sale, granite slabs are inspected for flaws. Flaws may include pitting, blemishes, and scratches.
Enter the fabricator
Now that your slab has been prepared, it’s hung and awaits the next step. After visiting your local granite shop, you’ll select which slab you want to be installed in your home. From there, a team of professionals is typically sent out to obtain measurements of the area where the granite is being installed. These measurements are used to form a design template.
The template is used by your NH granite fabricator to cut and shape the slab to the exact specifications. This process is extremely precise and will ensure all pieces fit perfectly around cabinets, sinks, and other elements that may be a consideration. While cutting, your fabricator will also smooth the edges to whichever style has been chosen.
Once the granite has been cut and designed to your requirements, the final phase begins. However, installation is a journey within itself. From appliance removal, seamless slab transition, caulking and sealing, installation generally takes a team of workers to accomplish the task with ease.
If you’ve been considering making the switch to granite countertops, contact the team at Spencer Granite. Since 2004, we’ve been providing high-quality, affordable solutions to customers all over New England. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and estimate (603) 402-9221.