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Granite Slabs

If you simply seek to see images of granite slabs, the best starting point would be to go to our range of granite colours that are available. This is divided up into sections of colour options, red, gold, black and so on. Choose the colour of interest, this will then take you to a web page where all the options of this colour are visible.

On this page you will see smaller images of the granite options. Once you see an option that is of interest to you click on this image and a high percentage of the time you will see a full size granite slab image. There are several thousand granite slab images to view on our site, which we have, divided up into colour options for ease of navigation or you would literally be on our website all day just to determine the colours of interest for your planned project.

This article relates to the processes from granite quarry ,Green ubatuba to installation and how granite blocks are machined down during the chain of events. These stage images demonstrates part of this manufacturing process from excavation to completed kitchen worktops.

The vast majority of people from all over the world find the stone material granite to be exceptionally elegant and attractive which is why it is the number one choice for interior design particularly in the kitchen. With its sophisticated appearance and ability to withstand the test of time, it can bring out the best in your home. Historically, the problem associated with these granite stones is that they have been quite expensive when purchased in slab size formats which are imported to UK in sizes ranging from 2500 - 3000mm in length and 1400 - 2000mm in width. The vast majority of what is imported is 30 mm in thickness, contains a high level of surface polishing to one side with options originating from every continent across the world. The historical pricing constraints are the main reason why only the select few could previously afford the costs associated.

Granite slabs are machined down from massive block like chunks that are quarried in different parts of the world. Historically a sizable percentage would then be transported to processing plants particularly in Verona, Italy where they are refined and polished by skilled craftsmen. Next, they are cut into large slabs or scants that are exported all over the world. This process of double transportation and finishing in a western Country greatly contributed to the large costs associated with stone worktop materials. The misconception of granite equating to high prices is associated with this almost historical manufacturing and availability processes of the past thus dictating the higher pricing associated with this material.

Generally this is no longer the case as most quarry owners now have the fabrication facilities in place to cut blocks down into slabs and to polish one face edge. This offering is the worldwide industry standard associated within the Stone Industry. A large proportion of popular granite slabs are imported from countries where the cost of living is considerably cheaper than within the UK which impacts on the cost of the raw materials. This technological increase in productivity added to the huge increase in consumer demand has driven down prices to make solid granite worktops within a price range that virtually everyone now finds affordable.

Unfortunately, this principle does not apply to each and every stone or granite slab variety. If a material has low consumer demand, the prices will increase owing to increased shipping costs of shipping smaller quantities. For example, black granite is most popular options within the UK marketplace. As such materials such as Absolute Black Granite and Star Galaxy Granite are available at prices never seen before in the stone industry. Alternatively, materials such as Iron Red Granite have little consumer demand and would never warrant the expenditure of shipping entire containers of this fabulous granite option hence the increased costs for less popular materials.

Likewise, some materials are very scarce so they will always demand higher premiums. Various granite options containing the colour blue such as Azul Macuaba is very expensive owing to how rare the material is to find. To put this into perspective, if a typical granite kitchen worktop costs somewhere between £1,500 and £2,000, the Azul Macuaba equivalent would be in excess of £7,500. This also applies to pure, singular colour granites such as Imperial Porphyry. These prices variations also apply to materials other than granite. For example, Portoro Marble is one of the expensive options.

Whilst we all seek to place our unique design ideas on a project we are undertaking, this uniqueness needs to be balanced against costs. To try to offer some equilibrium of costs versus unique appearance we have chosen to offer an extensive range of 24 granite colours that will contain an option to suit everyone's taste. Owing to the level of work we undertake and the utilization of the remaining offcuts for additional jobs that we undertake, we have kept the prices on these select options very competitive. If a decision is made to deviate from these most popular granite colours, the prices will be reflective of this choice so we would urge anyone to stick to these choices for the most competitive pricing.Historically a way around the high prices attributed was utilizing granite tiles to make up worktops instead of the using the slab sizes.

In some ways, comparisons can be made with timber related products in this regard.

If you look at a topographical diagram of a tree section, you will see the trunk it is divided up into various sections. Each of these sections has differing names attributed such as heartwood, sapwood, cambium and bark. These tags relate to the varying qualities of the raw material. The heartwood is the premium material and its use and prices are reflective of this. The further from the centre of the tree, the raw material quality deteriorates and likewise the prices are reduced accordingly.

The same principles apply to granite blocks, slabs, tiles and smaller ancillary products. Huge blocks are removed from the granite quarry which are then cut down into granite slabs or scants in sizes generally of 3000 x 2000mm. The quarried blocks are generally aimed at being premium products so they are quarried with the aim of machining these into granite slabs. Often, during the manufacturing process, large slabs are broken owing to inherent flaws within the material, or for other manufacturing limitations, these raw materials will be made into tiles or smaller ancillary products. So essentially, granite slabs represent the highest quality material available of a particular variety of granite. This principle applies to other stone related materials such as marble amongst others.

Other factors to consider when using stone tiles to make up worktops is the fact that they will require some kind of grouting between each of the pieces. Grouted areas are not very hygienic and are susceptible to staining as and when food and liquid materials come into contact with these areas. The use of tile size formats as worktops is considered a throwback to the 1980’s period when this was very popular but rarely seen these days.

When it comes to the design, granite slabs are a far superior product because they offer unlimited design applications when compared to the use of a tile type format. Tiles will already be cut into predetermined formats, which generally leads, to problems cutting them down into the sizes required for the specific project planned. When employing the services of experts utilizing full size granite slabs, you can have it shaped into virtually any shape or form desired owing to the machining tools available to professional fabricators.

When considering the price, granite slabs will not have that much difference to the granite tiles when you add on all of the associated costs and you will also have a far greater range available to you. This fact may surprise you, but it is very much the case, as the range of colours available, within a tile type format in the UK, is pretty much restricted to the fingers on your hands.

It is crucial to remember that whilst the granite slabs may initially cost more, granite tiles may end up costing more at the end of the project when taking into consideration tools, adhesives, grouts, sealants, transportation, labour charges and so on. When employing the services of a professional supply and fit granite worktop specialist which undertakes installation works, the price paid will be fully inclusive of measuring, often referred to as templating, materials, fabrication, sealing, delivery and installation.

When purchasing materials for any construction project, it is vitally important to utilize the availability of materials to ensure the least amount of wastage. If you were building a brick garage, for example, and a quantity surveyor determined the need for 5,000 bricks, you would not purchase 8,000. This applies to granite slabs too. With slab sizes ranging from 2500 – 3000mm in length and 1400 – 2000mm in width, these size variations will dramatically impact on the level of waste materials if not properly monitored. Consumers need to give to the fabricators accurate sizes for each of the worktop pieces required to enable the best utilization of materials thus offering the most competitively priced quotations. Inadequate granite slab utilization will result in higher prices being paid for all parties concerned, and all fabricators desire the least amount of material offcuts within their storage facilities as space costs money to rent and 95 times out of 100 the offcuts end up getting broken or discarded owing to storage space limitations.

Please refer to the comments at the head of this page in relation to looking at the granite slab images available on this website.

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