As a consumer, you may not be aware of everything that goes in to Denver granite installation (i.e. the process that a granite slab goes through from quarry to your home). Once the granite slab has been cut from the block of granite in the quarry, it is shipped to a factory where it is looked over for any detrimental flaws, treated for fissures and cracks, and then packaged and shipped to a distributor. In this semi-raw form, it rests in a distribution showroom until selected by a consumer. Once you have chosen a slab or slabs, you will then select or be matched with a fabricator if you do not have one.
What Exactly Do Fabricators Help With Denver Granite Installation?
In some cases, you may know or have been referred to a fabricator prior to the selection process. If this happens, your fabricator may do one of two things. They may meet with you to understand your project and get a sense of the look and style that you are going for so that he or she can bring some samples for you to look at and put in your home. Once you decide on a granite slab, they will help you through the purchase process and pick up the slab to take to his warehouse for the prep work.
In other instances, he may accompany you to a distributor and help you go through samples or slabs on site. When shopping at Granite Liquidators, homeowners can come down to the granite yard with or without a fabricator to see and feel full granite slabs first-hand. Most granite distributors do not offer this to the public. This limits choices and prevents homeowners from seeing the full movement of the granite that they selected.
The fabricator is responsible for planning out and measuring your project to ensure that enough granite is purchased. Some fabricators will do hand drawn plans while others will use digital software to be more precise.
The Fabrication Process
Once you and the fabricator have reviewed the plans and made any final changes to the project, you will give the final approval for him to move forward. At this point, the fabricator will give the granite slab a final inspection for defects, fissures, blemishes, natural flaws, and cracks. The stone will then be cut to match the agreed upon template. Once this is complete, they will work on any special edging or scribing that meet the requirements for the project. Finally, a multi-step process that finishes the stone is completed. This entails the use of grit polish to smooth the stone. The slab is then thoroughly washed, dried, and sealed.
At this point, the stone is ready for delivery and to be installed in your home. To eliminate any unexpected surprises in the process of Denver granite installation, your fabricator should recheck the cabinets that the granite is going to be installed on to make sure that no further supports need to be put into place. At this point in the process, having an accident that causes your slab to go crashing to the floor would be a tragedy. Next, the slab is put into place, measured again and leveled for accuracy, then secured.
Because most of this process does not directly involve the homeowner, they think that they do not need to worry about what the steps are. Knowledge is power- and understanding the process will help you ask the right questions. It will also reinforce to your fabricator that you are involved, even if not always face to face. If you are interested in paying for Denver granite installation, we here at Granite Liquidators can both recommend a fabricator in your area, AND provide you with granite slabs at wholesale pricing! Get in touch to learn more!