Confused by Granite Fabricator Terms?
In the Austin granite biz, the people that transform granite slabs into granite countertops are called granite fabricators.
The granite fabricator may be just one person, but it is usually the term for the whole company – the group of people that work together to turn granite slabs into kitchen or bathroom counters.
Toluca Granite is an Austin Granite Fabricator.
We are also a full-service granite countertop company.
That means we have a stone countertop showroom, and excellent business relationships with all of the local stone yards so you can pick your material from anywhere and we can turn it into your custom counters.
If you’re looking for marble or quartz, we fabricate counters from those materials, too!
Beware – some companies that sell granite countertops in Austin work with lots of different fabricators, and those fabricators often work with different crews of installers. That arrangement makes it hard to control the quality and the schedule for the job.
Whether you are a homeowner, or a custom countertop showroom business, you can avoid those problems by ordering your counters directly through us. We run our own crews and have had the same guys for years. That means the quality of your new countertops will be as good as the quality of the counters we did for the friend, designer, general contractor or co-worker that referred you to us.
Who’s On First?
So, the company that makes counters is the granite fabricator, but the guy that applies the edge profile is also called the fabricator, not to be confused with the cutter, or the polisher. So the fabricator (edge-profile cutting guy) works for the fabricator (the granite fabrication company) who fabricates the slabs into counters.
Clear as mud?
The Steps for Making Granite Counters
When we send orders out to fab that means we’ve sent a diagram out to the granite shop floor.
The diagram will be used by the cutter to mark and cut the slab.
After the cutter cuts the squares, rectangles, kitchen islands and whatnot, he sends it to the next station in the shop – to the fabricator – the guy that actually cuts the shape of the edge of the stone, i.e. the granite edge profile.
The fabricator then does the initial shaping of the profile of the granite edge. If the counter will get a bullnose edge, he uses the tool that puts that edge on the counter. When the granite fabricator is done with the initial shaping of the edge, he sends it to the last station in the shop – to the polisher.
The polisher then smooths and polishes the edges of the counter until they are uniformly smooth and even and ready to be installed.