The template that was made by the installer is then passed off to the the production team to be laid out on the slab(s) for fabrication. A bridge saw using diamond-tipped blades precisely cuts the granite to the specifications of the template. Once all the cutting is complete, the countertops will move through production, receiving sink cut-outs and metal rods for support, along with edge detailing and polishing. Once fabrication is complete, the countertops should be measured again to account for accuracy before being handed off to a crew for installations. Drop-in and vessel sinks, cook-tops, outlets, and faucet/cord holes are drilled on-site at the time of installations.
Install time can very depending on the size and dynamics of the job. On average, vanity and bar tops can be complete in as little as 1 hour, with standard kitchen install lasting 3-4. If there is tear-out, on site cut-outs, or more complex layout, installs can last longer than 4 hours. All appliances and faucets must be on-site at the time of install. Seams are filled with an adhesive bonding agent and left to set,and they are color matched to the stone in order to minimize their appearance. Dishwasher brackets will be used to secure them to the cabinetry/stone.Undermount sinks are secured using an epoxy and clamping method in order to the let the chemicals set prior to the installer leaving. Sinks do require a full 24 hours to set properly before connection. Finally, the granite will be cleaned and sealed before the installer leaves the site.
Once an order has been placed, a template will be scheduled for the installer to visit the site and take exact measurements for fabrication. At this time, final seam placement should be discussed as well as any modifications to cabinetry, flooring, or walls that might prevent the granite from being installed properly. Is is mandatory that all customer supplied sinks be available at the time of template. The sink itself will need to be brought to the fabrication facility in order to ensure the accuracy of the cut-outs. Depending on the layout and complexity of the job the template can range from simple dimensions to a hard template of the current countertop or cabinets to ensure accuracy before cutting.