Granite is cut from the quarry in a block, similar to a block of cheese.
This block is then shipped to a slab producer. Here they slice the block
into 3cm (apprx. 1 ¼”) thick slabs using a 30 foot diamond
blade or diamond wire.
slabs are kept in order as they are sliced so they can continue through
the process in the same order as they were cut. The slabs are then laid
flat and the grinding / polishing process begins. The use of diamonds
from coarse grit to fine grit are used to achieve the smoothness and eventually
a polished surface.
between the different stages of polishing, most granites are coated with
an epoxy resin. They are then placed in a vacuum chamber so the resin
can be vacuumed through the granite and into the micro fissures and natural
cracks of the stone. The slabs are then baked in an oven so the resin
can cure rock hard inside of the stone. Once cured, the excess resin on
the surface of the slab is ground off and surface polishing resumes. The
resin process helps strengthen the stone so that it can be shipped from
wherever in the world to the United States without the probability of
it breaking mid transit. This process has allowed many exotic types of
granite not previously available to us, available. This process also helps
close many of the natural pores, making granite even less porous and less
susceptible to stains. Please note that this is not a perfect process,
natural fissures are sometimes still visible and may be able to be felt
to the touch.
polished granite is then inspected, stacked standing up in the same order
it was cut from the block, and prepared for loading on a container. The
container is then loaded on a boat and shipped to our ports. After the
container is processed through Homeland Security, it is released and shipped
to our warehouse.
We then place the slabs on A-Frames for easy viewing so you can select
the shipment your kitchen will come from. All the slabs in a bundle are
the same, other than the 1 ¼” difference. Remember, they
were cut from a block, similar to cutting a slice of cheese.
Once your job is ready, we will come to your home or business and make
a digital template. This state of the art templating device ensures a
more accurate measurement. We then bring the digital files back to our
shop and enter them into our computer system. Physical templates are then
made and are laid out on the slab, where our experienced fabricators begin
the cutting process.
cut pieces enter our CNC machine and are shaped, routered, and polished.
Once out of the CNC machine, pieces get that final touch by hand to create
a masterpiece. Finished pieces are then sealed at our shop. Our installation
crew will then bring the completed job to your home. After installation,
they put another application of sealer in the stone.
The normal turn around time from template to installation is approximately
10 working days. Please note, we DO NOT use subcontractors.
Templaters, fabricators, and installers are all our employees.
You can be assured of a quality job done right the first time.