Granite and stone countertops that are installed in kitchens and bathrooms go through a process to transform its naturally occurring appearance into a unique counter that is cut and polished to unique specification. The process is called stone fabrication; the contractors are called stone fabricators.
Stone Fabrication involves inspecting the stone for natural flaws, including blemishes, fissures, seams, and scratches. The slab is then laid out to ensure the best appearance of both color and vein texture. Then, the stone is cut to approximately 1/16 of an inch of its final thickness. Edging and any special scribing will further shape the stone. Support rods and drain boards that the slab may require are installed next. A multi-step process that involves a grit polish is used to smooth the stone surface and then the stone is washed, dried, and the sealer base coat is applied. The fabrication process occurs at the Carr Stone & Tile facility prior to installation at the final site.