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Where to Purchase Prefabricated Granite Countertops

Where to Purchase Prefabricated Granite Countertops

Granite is the most popular material today for kitchen counters, and prefabricated granite countertops are a great way to save some extra money and get the look you want for less.  With prefabricated granite countertops, you need only remove the old ones and fit the new granite countertop into place.  While custom granite counters can cost a lot of money, choosing a prefabricated option means you will pay a lot less.

One of the downsides to keep in mind when deciding on prefabricated granite countertops as opposed to custom choices is that you will have fewer choices as far as color, pattern and the type of edging you want on the counters.  This means you will probably be able to select from some of the most popular types of granite that are sold as prefabricated granite countertops as opposed to the wider variety of selections available when you order custom.  You will also be limited to the most common sizes; if you have an odd shaped kitchen you will likely find that it is a custom job.

Prefabricated granite countertops are designed to fit the standard counter depth.  While cutting for length is easy, solid slabs of granite can’t easily be changed for width.  Most prefabricated granite countertops will have bull nose edging on the most likely exterior edges.  If you need granite for an island or bar, you will need to look for pieces that have the bull nose edge around more of the sides.  This may wind up requiring custom work.

There are plenty of places to locate prefabricated granite countertops.  Most of the larger sellers of granite counters will provide some prefabricated options for counters and even sometimes bars and islands.  In some cases, you can find a great deal on prefabricated countertops from contractors and granite installers who may have leftover pieces that were not used either because they were cut wrong or the home owner changed their mind about the color.  These are sold off at rock bottom prices because the contractor needs to get rid of them.  Check classifieds and sites such as craigslist to find leftover prefabricated countertops like this at an incredible price.

If you are looking for prefabricated granite countertops, you can start by narrowing your search and removing all those who do only custom work.  Then you can compare prices on the local shops offering prefabricated granite countertops to find the best deal and the color you like the best.  Remember that unless you plan to install the counters yourself, you will have to ask what the cost of installation is, which can be quite high even on prefabricated granite countertops.  If you are going to attempt installation yourself, you should research the process and ask for expert advice before you get started.

Prefabricated granite countertops are a great way to save money, but they won’t work for every kitchen.  You will need to find out if your kitchen is a good candidate for installation of prefabricated granite countertops before you proceed.

Photo courtesy of granite-charlotte.

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