Understanding Prefabricated Granite Countertops
Granite is one of the most beautiful, durable and in some cases eco friendly choice (it depends how it is quarried) that you can make if you are shopping for new countertops for use in your kitchen or bathroom. Unfortunately it is also one of the most expensive. People who have made a decision that they do want to splash out on granite countertops often wonder if there is a way they can save at least a bit of money while still reaping all the benefits that granite countertops have to offer. In actual fact they can - by opting for prefabricated granite countertops.
Prefabricated Granite is Real Granite
When they first begin shopping for granite countertops some people become a little confused by the term prefabricated granite. They sometimes think that the term means that in some way the granite is not “real” granite; however that is not the case at all.
Prefabricated granite is real granite. What the term refers to is slabs of precut and refinished granite that are produced in a central factory and then shipped to dealers to resell. That has its pros and cons some of which are explained below:
Prefabricated Granite Pros
● Prefab granite countertops are cheaper than custom granite countertops because the dealer does not have to pass as many labor charges onto the consumer as he does with custom granite countertops that he has to pay someone to prepare and finish.
● The installation costs associated with prefab granite countertops are cheaper as well as there is simple less labor involved in the installation.
● Prefabricated granite countertops are made from the same real granite as custom countertops and offer all the same benefits in terms of aesthetic appeal and great durability.
● Prefabricated granite countertops come in a great number of styles and sizes so there is usually one to suit almost any room.
Prefabricated Granite Cons
● Prefab granite countertops offer only limited installation options in terms of layout. They come in standard sizes and are not designed to accommodate oddly shaped spaces. if you have splays and curves that need countertops then prefabricated granite slabs may not be suitable.
● There are a limited number of colors available when it comes to prefab granite countertops. That does mean that yours will not be unique, although they will still be very beautiful.
● You will not have a choice of edges when opting for prefabricated granite countertops; they all come with one uniform edge.
Choosing Prefabricated Granite over Custom Granite Countertops
If money is really no object and you want your new countertops to be completely unique then custom would be the way to go. However many homeowners do have a budget to stick to and to them smaller details like having a fancier edge pale in comparison to the thought that by opting for prefabricated granite countertops they can afford to have the beautiful kitchen/bathroom counters they have been dreaming about. And they will still be enhancing the value of their home by installing them as granite countertops of any kind are very sought after by home buyers.
The Cost of Prefab
The fact that prefab granite countertops are a cheaper way to add the beauty of granite to their homes is a big factor for many people. Still though they are not inexpensive so how much do they really cost?
Prefabricated granite countertops are sold in slabs. Often you will have to purchase several slabs to completely outfit your space with new countertops. You can get a good idea of costs ahead of time this way though, something that can be harder to ascertain if you opt for custom.
Prices vary of course from dealer to dealer but for first quality they do tend to be similar as a number of dealers are often selling the same products from the same manufacturer. The good news is that many prefab countertop elements that are a good size can be purchased for $300 or less. On average $300 can buy you a prefab granite slab that measures 25” by 98” with a thickness of ¾ of inch. That works out to around 2ft x 8ft which is a pretty good sized countertop. In addition most prefab granite countertops come with an attached back splash, something that will be priced separately if you choose custom granite.