The Countertop Fabrication Process
Getting countertops for your home can have a tremendous positive impact on the value of your property. Creating a countertop requires special equipment, specialized knowledge & skill, and knowledge of the stone’s material that you select.
The whole process requires multiple steps of measuring, cutting, and installation. It is best that you choose the best fabricator in your area to have a beautiful countertop with no mistakes.
Before we make ourselves familiar with the process, we should explore what a countertop fabricator does and the part they play in the installation of the countertop. Having unskilled countertop fabricator can get very costly as slabs are not cheap and you will get a subpar result in your kitchen.
What does a countertop fabricator do?
A countertop fabricator’s job is to cut and shape your slab in a specific way to fit your exact desired cabinet dimensions.
However, before it gets to the point of cutting, the fabricator will inspect your slab that you select. 99% of the time the slab will work. If not, the most common problem is that you will need two slabs of the stone material to achieve the desired result.
As most countertops are made of stone, a natural product, the stone countertops usually come up with different characteristics like dry seams, black spots, directional veining, knots, and many more.
These imperfections often make the stone so beautiful, but some customers may prefer to remove some of them to fit their taste.
That’s why the inspection that the countertop fabricator does is so crucial, and it must be made both with the presence of the customer and the professional for achieving the best possible result.
Before the next step, a final inspection is made of the stone to identify any unacceptable areas for the customer.
The fabricator will do its job and avoid these areas by minimizing the waste and therefore cost when cutting the material to the measured specifications.
How much does countertop fabrication cost?
Before even thinking of the countertop fabrication process’s cost, you should consider your needs and think carefully about the environment in which you will place the countertop.
It’s essential to choose materials that will collaborate nicely with the environment the countertop is put in, or you are risking damaging it and splash funds on additional costs.
As a countertop is a central piece for every kitchen, bar space, or bathroom, it must withstand scratches, burns, and nicks.
When it comes specifically to bathrooms, they should withstand high-moisture levels and high temperatures.
As we cleared this critical section, it’s time to look at how much a countertop fabrication costs?
The price varies greatly, considering the materials and professional services you are using.
Generally, homeowners pay between $25-$100+ per square foot for the materials only. When we add a skilled professional’s services for the countertop fabrication process, which cost around $24-$40+ per square foot, we get a total price range of $50-$120 per square foot.
These two are the main cost of any countertop fabrication process.
However, there may be a few additional costs such as:
- Existing Countertop Removal
- Removal and Installation of Plumbing Pipes
- Preparation of the Environment
- Polishing unfinished countertop surfaces
All in all, we must add that you shouldn’t spare any funds when it comes to countertops.
After all, you will look at them for years to come, so you must be sure that the final product will satisfy you.
We mainly talked about stone countertops for now, but there is an option from another material that can be much more stylish and suit your taste better – Quartz countertops.
How much does it cost to fabricate and install quartz countertops?
Quartz is an engineered material, which makes it much more expensive than stone, for example. It is made of a binding agent, and crushed up quartz of varying colors.
Quartz countertops come in different styles and qualities. Usually, they are used primarily in kitchens as their plain, earth-like color perfectly fits this environment.
Installation of the standard quartz countertops is not a very complex activity, but we highly recommend hiring a professional who can do this for you, especially for the premium quartz countertops.
The material of the premium quartz countertops is costly, and mistakes get very expensive. Make sure the fabricator knows what they are doing and have done this before.
Usually, the cost of the installation will result in 20 to 50 percent of the whole expense.
The material of quartz has different grades of quality as well which will greatly effect the price. We know all of the best places to go for quartz, so contact us today!
Their price range varies significantly with the lowest quality quartz, which starts at around $40 for a square foot.
The premium quartz material is much more expensive, and it can reach over $200 for a square foot.
How long does it take to template a countertop?
An accurate template of your countertop is one of the essential things of the whole countertop fabrication process.
It’s best to make your template after removing the old countertop to get the most accurate template and make the job of the templater easier.
There are two main ways of templating, each with its positives and negatives.
- Digital Templating
Digital templating is the fastest way to make your template. It is done by using a laser or another type of device for measuring. If you are looking for a quick fix, this will be the best option for you. The downside of this way of templating is that you can’t visualize how the finished product will settle in place.
- Traditional Templating
This templating is done by creating a pattern of the countertop by using strips of coroplast. These strips are placed on the countertop’s outer edge and then glued together to result in the finished template of the countertop. Traditional templating is favored because it allows customers to put the template directly on the place and immediately spot-up any issues. When you put up the template, you can visualize how the finished countertop will look, which is very convenient.
No matter which type you choose, the templating will take on average around 1 hour.
What is the latest trend in kitchen countertops?
In 2021, quartz countertops are huge. Most homeowners are going with either black or white quartz countertops and matching their kitchen cabinets to the colors.
It’s easy to see why it’s the best option for your kitchen. Quartz are very scratch resistant, heat resistant up to a reasonable point, and a very study material.
Its plain, Earth-like color compliments every kitchen and enhances its vibe while adding value to your home’s worth.
Choosing the best countertop for your needs and environment can be a lengthy process, but you should take the time to choose carefully.
You will see the countertop daily for many years to come so a wrong decision can prove bad not only for your bank balance but also for your mood throughout the day.