In general, places that offer the more expensive custom slabs of granite will tell you that prefabricated granite is worthless and you’d be better off putting cardboard in as a countertop. This just isn’t the case, and they’re downplaying some of the benefits of prefabricated granite to (understandably) help them make the sale of more expensive custom granite slabs. In fact, there’s a great deal of misinformation out there about prefabricated granite. In this article, we’ll review the common myths about prefabricated granite, and which ones do not stand up to further scrutiny.
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The 6 most pervasive granite countertop myths
Myth #1: You won’t actually save money by going with prefabricated countertops
Custom cuts of granite slab can be extremely pricey, limiting their use to only the most extensive and expensive kitchen remodels. If you’ve been pushing your budget and you’re looking to cut costs, prefabricated granite is a great alternative to custom granite countertops. You’re slashing the per-square-foot cost without significant loss of quality or look. In fact, prefab slabs can be up to 45 percent less expensive!
If you’re just starting your kitchen remodel and you’re looking for ways to keep your costs down, check out this infographic we created. It contains a full breakdown of what the average homeowner spends on each aspect of their remodel.
Myth #2: You’ll notice the difference right away
Most experts agree that—once installed in your home—only a seasoned countertop professional can spot the difference between a prefabricated countertop and a custom slab. In fact, some custom granite dealers contradict themselves by saying that the differences are highly noticeable, but then noting that scams exist where customers are unknowingly tricked into buying a prefabricated countertop instead of a custom one. To the average eye, including yours, prefabricated granite looks similar to custom granite.
Myth #3: Prefabricated countertops don’t increase your home’s value
Many realtors agree that adding new prefabricated granite countertops to the kitchen is one of the few things you can do for less than $5000 to increase the value of your home and help you attract buyers. Remember: there isn’t a noticeable difference between pre-fabricated countertops and those cut from a custom slab of granite, so from a curb appeal standpoint, prefabricated counters might be perfect for your home.
Myth #4: Prefabricated countertops limit your color selection to just a few options
This is partially true: after all, a custom slab of granite can, quite literally, come in any color, depending on where it’s from. However, that doesn’t mean that prefabricated countertops don’t provide customers with options. Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we have nearly 30 different colors and styles of prefabricated countertops available. That’s not quite the limitation that many custom granite retailers make it out to be.
Myth #5: Prefabricated granite is easier to damage and needs care
All granite, whether prefabricated or custom, needs regular care and upkeep. All granite can be damaged, stained, or scratched. And both kinds of granite can be sealed for added protection. From a functionality standpoint, prefabricated granite operates in a similar fashion to custom slabs.
Myth #6: Prefabricated granite is always shoddy and poorly installed
Not always! Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we offer quality granite and installation from professionals. We’re not a fly-by-night company that will rush the job.
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If you’re interested in learning more about prefabricated countertops, give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or stop by our conveniently located Phoenix, Arizona showroom.