When considering a new granite countertop for your kitchen one of the first questions you may need to ask yourself is whether you'll be purchasing prefabricated or slab granite. Prefabricated granite can be a money saver. But there are some things to keep in mind when making your purchase.
What's The Difference?
Prefabricated granite countertops come pre-cut from the manufacturer at certain standard dimensions. While slab countertops come from an actual slab of stone that's not cut until you submit your dimension specifications.
Do Choose A Reputable Dealer
Many prefabricated granite countertops are made from lower quality granite or have been damaged along the way. It can also be thinner than slab granite. Additionally, not all prefabricated granite is exactly what it appears to be. Sometimes manufactures mix granite particles together with a resin to cut cost corners. So, when you're shopping for granite installers, make sure you choose a dealer with a great reputation that can answer all your questions knowledgeably.
Don't Expect Perfect Seams
Prefab granite countertops may not marry up well against each other, which often leads to noticeable seams. If seams are not a problem for you, then prefab granite may be a good option.
Do Expect Only Bullnose Edging
All prefabricated granite comes with bullnose edging, which is a popular choice for counter finishes. But, if you're looking for a different edging style then you'll need to consider purchasing slab granite instead.
Do Choose Prefab If You're Short On Time
If you're remodeling in a pinch and your dimensions work well for prefabricated granite, then it may be a good option for you. Installation of prefab materials usually goes more smoothly and in less time than custom material installation.
Don't Be Picky
Prefab granite appearance may vary a lot from lot to lot due to the little oversight on the manufacturing end of the process. If you have a distinct vision for your countertops that include high standards for uniformity, then do not choose prefab granite.