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Local Custom Countertop Fabrication

At Sal's Marble & Granite, we pride ourselves on our quarry-to-kitchen process, with countertop fabrication taking place right here at our Jacksonville, Florida, facility. While our kitchen countertops are now shaped using state-of-the-art tools, we follow the same practices that craftsmen have used for centuries to carefully carve and polish your preferred stone into a shape that suits your needs. Reach out to us today for more information on our local facility and fabrication process.

Computer-Assisted Fabrication

The process of fabricating and installing kitchen countertops hasn't changed much over the years, but the technology to do it quickly and efficiently has. At Sal's Marble & Granite, we are current on the latest trends in high-tech fabrication. We've also adopted computer technology to push our kitchen countertop fabrication process into the 21st century.

Through a process called computer numeric control, or CNC, digital technology controls all the machines in the fabrication process. Now, the process of taking marble and granite slabs and turning them into beautiful counters, mantels, hearths, or other decorative home pieces takes hours instead of weeks. In fact, CNC has doubled the productivity of most kitchen countertop fabrication shops. This technology has dramatically increased the quality of the finished product. As technology advances, the process of creating marble and granite countertops will likely continue to improve as well, and Sal's Marble & Granite will always endeavor to stay current on the those changes for the good of our customers.


Rust Colored Marble Countertop

Basic Tools

While CNC helps automate the fabrication process, certain basic tools are still necessary to get the job done. Marble and granite countertops are cut and polished using saws, polishers, and routers. While these tools are similar to the type stonemasons might have used in the past, our modern tools are much more efficient and are top-of-the-line within the industry.

Saws

The saws serve many purposes in the kitchen countertop fabrication process, starting with the cutting of stones into slabs. Diamond saws are typically used for the initial cutting of marble and granite slabs. Bridge saws are used to cut the slabs into more specific shapes, such as those found in countertops, flooring, and mantels.

Polishers

The polishers also play an integral role in the process of kitchen countertop fabrication. They are used to sand down the surface of the stone to the texture that customers prefer, using rotating pads for the desired effect. Marble and granite slabs can be polished to a very glossy mirror finish or a less glossy, softer finish. Both are very different from the coarse rock they once were. Specialized finishes, such as flamed or hammered, are also popular.


Routers

The routers complete the last step in the kitchen countertop fabrication process. These tools produce edge profiles on the marble and granite slabs. They are also used to cut designs into larger slabs so they can be used for specialized purposes like fireplace mantels. The edge profiles on marble and granite countertops can be simple or highly decorative, depending on what the customers want.

These machines used to be operated by hand, or had some limited automatic function. In the past, marble and granite countertops with complex edge profiles might have taken three weeks or longer to produce. Today, with CNC and modern tools, this process is much more efficient, allowing us to provide our customers with high quality stone products in a fraction of the time it once took. Reach out to us today to discuss your plans for your marble or granite in your home.