If you’re looking for a beautiful, durable, and slightly less expensive alternative to granite countertops, then you can’t go wrong choosing precast granite. However, just because they cost a bit less doesn’t mean it isn’t granite. Rather, pre-made granite counters are made of granite; They have simply been made from slabs of granite that have been pre-cut and refinished at a central factory and then shipped to a dealer for sale.
These precast granite countertops are very popular as they allow homeowners who want granite countertops in their home, but want to save money, to have all the beauty of granite for less. In fact, one can get a 2′ x 8′ x 3/4″ precast slab for around $300. But cost is just one of the reasons people go for precast granite countertops; here are a few of the the other reasons many homeowners are choosing precast granite:
One of the reasons this type of countertop is cheaper is because the dealer doesn’t have to charge as much for labor as the pieces are already prepared and finished.
· Installation costs are lower with prefabricated countertops.
· Precast granite has all the durability, movement, strength and beauty of granite. Of course, that means that the care and maintenance needs are the same too.
· You’re sure to find a countertop to suit your needs and room design, as there are a plethora of styles and sizes to choose from.
· Like full-slab granite countertops, precast will add value to your home.
Because using precast granite countertops means taking the exact dimension before ordering, it takes less time to install, which also saves you labor costs.
· Pre-made granite counters usually come with an attached backsplash, which, with custom granite, would have to be purchased separately.
· Precast countertops have a special finish applied that protects and maintains the surface of the stone, further protecting your investment.
However, like most things in life, there are some downsides to having precast granite countertops, and these are worth considering if you are considering using precast granite. These cons include the following:
· Precast granite countertops aren’t available in the wide range of colors that granite comes in, but chances are you can find something you love.
· There are a limited number of installation options, so if you have an oddly shaped space or if you have bosses and curves, you may need to use traditional countertops.
· With pre-cast granite counters, you can’t choose from a variety of edge finishes as they are all uniform – this is part of what contributes to your lower cost!
Whether you choose to get pre-fab granite countertops or the more expensive granite countertops, you are sure to be satisfied. At Universal Stone in Minnesota, there are many granite specialists who will be happy to answer any of your granite countertop questions.