What would a kitchen be without countertops? Countertops are home to our cooking, snacking, entertaining, our bar areas, and just about anything else you might need a table for. But how are countertops made? What makes one countertop higher quality over another? They’re all just stone, aren’t they? In truth, there is not enough credit or recognition for how kitchen countertops are made.
A nice countertop is only achievable through intricate processes and quality materials. Granite, quartz, laminate, concrete, recycled glass, butcher block, marble, solid surface, tile, lava, resin, reclaimed wood, stainless steel, porcelain: just to name a few of the options you have in picking a type of countertop. Not to mention the choices from there, such as subtypes, color, pattern. The possibilities are truly endless.
Picking a type of counter is easy though and the process of making and installing it is where things get more challenging.
The process for how kitchen countertops vancouver are made starts with digitally measuring the current countertop or space needed for a countertop. From there, using computer aided design, a layout can be created.
Once digital files are then complete, and the gathered material has been then inspected for defects, high-resolution imaging, and the digital layout can then be sent to the production floor. Here, the materials are loaded onto the saw line to be cut per the intended layout.
After the cut pieces are unloaded, they’re assigned bar codes before they enter the robotic warehouse. The motley group of pieces then travel through various machinery which includes edging machinery, a machine for polished edges, a machine specially designed for radius edges, and a machine to cut reinforcement channels.
At this point, the workers take over and manually glue reinforcement strips, before sending the materials through a CNC shaping machine and a waterjet cutting machine to finalize the counter’s dimensions.
The final steps involve what else, of course — polishing.
After polishing the exposed undersides, and hand finishing the piece, workers can drill sink anchors. Finally, at the end of this long process, the shop can then commence final inspection during which sealing and loading of the counter take place for installation.
The countertop’s installation involves the removal of the old countertop, leveling the new material, and lastly, setting the seams so it doesn’t leak. Once the counter is installed, finished, and polished, it is finally ready for its future years of cooking, snacking, and enjoyment.