From large boulders to beautiful countertops for your kitchen.
First, the stone is removed from the side of a mountain in enormous pieces. Most stone in the US originates from other countries such as India, Brazil, and Italy while others are sourced locally in places like Vermont. The huge chunks are divided into blocks and blocks are later sliced like bread into slabs using large saws. The slabs are numbered and kept in order, so they are matched to each other.
One side of every piece is polished using diamond polishers to uncover an extraordinary and colorful face.
This is the stage that your slab can be selected for your project.
After selecting your granite slabs and making your other countertop decisions (sink type, granite edges, and appliances), now you can create the template. Your cabinets must level and properly installed before the countertop templating process.
Templates are made to keep the fabricators informed of every detail while making your countertops. Electronic templating Systems use lasers to digitally create the outline of your countertops. This method ensures the granite is perfectly sliced. These templates represent the real size and shape of your countertops. This allows for a perfect custom fit.
The template illustrates where openings (cutouts) will be for sinks and appliances. They show where faucet holes need to be drilled, where backsplashes will be, and they show which edges should be shaped and polished.
The greatest distance that granite countertops can span between support brackets is 24″ for 1 1/8″ (3CM) thick stone.
Granite counters can overhang 10″ for 1 1/8″ thick stone and 6″ for 3/4″ thick stone without supports.
Kitchen granite counters are fabricated. In other words, a fabricator slices and shapes, and polishes stone slabs to make custom countertops. Fabrication begins with viewing the stone slabs.
The fabricator checks for spots that are susceptible to breaking, for fissures, and for flaws. Anything that may influence the integrity of the stone ought to be avoided if possible. The templates are then set on the slabs to locate the best fit and outlined for cutting.
Granite slab differs in size. Slabs can be as big as eleven feet wide and seven feet tall however regularly are somewhat smaller at ten feet wide and five feet tall. The stone slabs weigh as much as 1500 lbs. Slabs are regularly transported vertically utilizing cranes and forklifts.
The slabs of granite are cut into pieces making use of large saws with diamond-coated blades. Because of the hardness of granite, diamonds are the only thing hard enough to cut granite it.
Using a diamond saw to cut granite leaves a smooth surface but, an unpolished edge.
How Granite is polished
The rock edges are machined utilizing a combination of state of the art tools and hand craftsmanship.
Computerized stone routers (CNC machines) and small hand operated routers are employed to shape the edges of stone into bullnose, square eased, ogee, waterfall, and numerous other granite edge shapes.
These same machines can polish the edges making them shine like the top face of the stone. All work is done using water to remove dust in the air.
Cutouts and Granite Sinks
Sink, cooktop, and faucet holes can be cut making use of CNC machines or done manually. If an under mount sink is to be used, the hole cut for the sink will require shaping and polishing since the sink will not cover the opening.
Last Step in the Granite Countertop Process
All the completed tops are put together to look like the last layout of the granite countertops.
The completed countertops are transported to your home for final installation. Some last minute cutting and polishing can be expected for a perfect fit.