Easy to Install Prefabricated Granite Countertops

October 03, 2019

If you are in the market for new granite countertops—have you considered prefabricated counters? Prefabricated granite counters are durable, easy to clean, and offered in a wide range of granite colors. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about this premium surface, and we are here to debunk them. 

Many people don’t realize that a significant part of a countertop budget, is the fabrication and installation of countertops. If you are DIY minded and motivated, you could install this type of countertop over a weekend, depending on the size of your kitchen or bathroom. Here are some of the top questions posed about prefab counters.

1. What Makes Prefab Granite Countertops Easy to Install?

Prefab granite kitchen counters arrive with a bullnose countertop edge and smooth finishes on the two short sides. They are available in standard widths and lengths but are offered in a thinner and lighter slab; this makes it easier to ship, handle, cut, and install. The thinner slabs of stone are installed with plywood beneath to add additional strength and reinforcement. In this kitchen, the warm Crema Perla was installed to complement the refined rustic feel of the backsplash and the sleek cabinetry. This kitchen, with its long and straight cabinetry, is the ideal location for prefabricated granite countertops.

2. Are Prefab Countertops Cheaper Because Material is Lesser Quality?

Prefabricated countertops aren’t cheaper because of the material. Prefab counters are less expensive because they aren’t custom fabricated. Does that mean they are any less beautiful? Absolutely not! Look at this sun-soaked kitchen with natural stone Blue Flower granite counters. This room definitely does not have a “thrifty” feel—it exudes luxury and glamour. Near the sink, this countertop will perform like a champ! Granite’s natural hardness and durability are perfect for kitchens and baths. 

3. Are Prefab Counters Made of Remnants?

No. MSI’s granite prefabricated countertops aren’t made with remnants; they are carved out of the earth at the same quarries as other granite slabs in our inventory. The only difference is that they have three finished edges to allow homeowners and contractors the ability to install them easily. River White granite is one of the most popular white natural stone countertops—and for a good reason. It is elegant, durable, and truly beautiful. You’d never know this countertop was finished off-site. The look of this master bathroom is custom all the way. 

4. Do Prefab Counters Have a Cheap Core, Just Surrounded by Stone? 

No. Prefabricated counters are thinner, but they are solid stone. As we noted above, the compromise of easier to handle and install is a thinner stone that needs to be supported by plywood. This type of installation does not affect the look or the countertop’s durability. In this transitional kitchen, both the surrounding cabinets and the expansive island had prefab Alaska White granite installed. The look is elegant and compliments the overall style of the cabinetry and backsplash.  

While many designers and homeowners debate granite vs. quartz—perhaps the real debate should be custom vs. prefabricated. As you can see, prefabricated granite countertops are just as beautiful as slab granite, but they are offered at a more budget-friendly price as they are fabricated into standard sizes before they arrive at your home. Visit our prefabricated countertop inventory and see for yourself the colors and patterns available now from MSI.