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Prefab vs. Slab Stone Granite Countertops: The Pros and Cons

There are several reasons why granite is one of the most popular countertop materials. It’s exceptionally durable and heat- and scratch-resistant, and adds a sophisticated elegance to any kitchen. If you’re considering installing a granite kitchen countertop, you will have two options: a prefabricated or slab stone countertop. 

Prefab vs. Slab Stone Granite Countertops

Prefabricated Stone Countertop  

If you’re on a limited budget, prefabricated granite countertops are a smart choice. They’re less expensive than slab countertops. However, if you want as much design flexibility as possible, they’re not the best choice. That’s because prefabricated granite is cut into a narrow range of standard sizes before being delivered to the distributor. 

Slab Stone Countertops 

Slab stone countertops are more expensive than prefabricated granite countertops because they’re custom-made from a single slab of granite. This means the color and texture of slab stone countertops are more consistent. Another advantage of choosing slab stone countertops is the pattern that’s unique to each granite slab. No two granite slabs are exactly alike, so if you’re looking to add a bit more personality to your kitchen, a slab stone countertop is a great addition. 

Is There a Difference Between the Two in Terms of Quality? 

What about quality? Are slab stone kitchen countertops more durable than prefabricated countertops? Contrary to popular belief, as long as the countertops were sourced from a reputable distributor, there shouldn’t be a difference between the two in terms of quality. 

Important note: since granite is porous, manufacturers will seal countertops to prevent liquids from seeping into natural stone. To ensure liquids don’t seep into your countertop, sealing should be reapplied every one to five years. 

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