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Making the Decision to Use Prefabricated Slab Countertops in Your Home
If you’ve got a kitchen or bathroom renovation in your future this year, you may be wondering about using prefabricated slabs for the countertops. While it’s always desirable to say you have custom-cut quartz, marble, or granite countertops in Denver, prefabricated slabs have their place and may be the right choice for you. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect with prefab slabs, from manufacturing and the finished product to delivery and installation:
Most prefab slabs are manufactured in China or India, and then shipped to the U.S. ready to be installed. They are sanded, polished, and pre-cut to standard sizes, such as 8, 6, or 4 feet in length by 3 or 4 feet in width, and typically include holes for a sink, faucet, and handles.
Prefab slabs are made with bullnosed edges, or corners that are rounded off, and typically come with matching backsplashes. They’re also generally unfinished on one side. Because of this, prefab slabs are good for counters where the unfinished edge can sit against a wall, but they’re not recommended for something like a kitchen island where the unfinished edge will show. And unlike custom-cut stone, they can’t be used for a curved area or for non-standard dimensions. But as the product has evolved over the years, prefab slabs are now available in a larger variety of colors, materials, and styles than ever before, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste.
Delivery & Installation
Whether you take the prefab slabs home yourself or have them delivered, they will need to be transported in a stable, padded environment to avoid breaking them, such as in a large truck or SUV. Once they’re in your home, they can be installed easily by placing them directly over your cabinets, installing the hardware such as the sink and faucet, and applying caulking. You can also hire an installer for an additional cost. But make sure the installer is reputable and has experience with prefab slabs, paying close attention to the seams and any laminated edges.
If you plan to have an all-singing, all-dancing custom bathroom or kitchen, then using prefab slabs for the counters may not feel up to par (and here’s more information about choosing the right kitchen countertops for your project). But many homeowners have found prefab slabs to be both a practical and attractive option for basic home renovations, for outfitting smaller kitchens or bathrooms, or for updating rental properties. And whether you decide to install the prefab slabs yourself or enlist the help of a professional installer, you can have a Denver granite countertop in your home without the custom-cut price tag, in many cases.
For a great selection in prefabricated granite slabs, as well as prefab marble, travertine, and quartz slabs, visit Natural Stone Sales. We’ve been in the business for over 15 years and can help you choose the right kind of quality materials you need for any home renovation project. Stop by our showroom today or call us at 303-777-7485 for more information.