Tips for Choosing the Right Fabricator

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Countertop choice is a huge part of any home design or renovation process. Homeowners spend a lot of time deciding exactly which slab makes the perfect statement for their space.  Equally, if not even more important than choosing the right slab, is choosing the right fabricator. How is this possible?

The right fabricator will be able to help you choose the right material and slab for your needs. They will be able to explain proper maintenance to insure your counters stay beautiful. While this seems like an obvious part of the job, many fabricators simply don’t take the time or have the knowledge. Founded by Aaron Cook, Prestige Marble & Granite has over 15 years experience in fabricating the highest quality natural stone countertops, earning the company a fabulous reputation as the premier marble and granite business in the region.

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There are several different things to consider when choosing your fabricator, some more obvious than others. Here are some important questions to ask to ensure you are completely happy with your final choice, and ultimately your countertops!

What kind of Certifications does the fabricator have?

An established and professional fabricator will be certified. It’s as simple as that. Fabrication and installation certification programs establish industry-wide standards for training and provide measurable proof of knowledge about both the process and products. Prestige Marble & Granite is a member of the Marble Institute of America, which is an instrumental force in setting the standards of quality for stone fabrication and installation. Prestige is also a member of the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee and the Stone Fabricators Alliance.

 

What options do they offer?

Countertops today are made from a wide range of different materials. Are you looking for something that will need to stand up to daily use or are you more interested in creating a specific look? An ideal fabricator will be able to help you choose the best option for your usage, budget, and aesthetic desire.  They will be experienced with multiple materials and offers a wide array of choices: granite, marble, quartz, etc. Also, it’s important to be aware of the fact that no two pieces of stone are exactly the same. For that reason its important to find out if you will be able to choose your actual slab, or have to make your decision based on a small sample.

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What kind of equipment do they use? And do they have in-house installation teams?

Top professional fabricators throughout the U.S. use the latest in digital stone cutting technology. This is important when simple mistakes can be costly, cause delays, and negatively affect the final look of your beautiful counters. At Prestige we use state-of-the-art CNC stone cutting machines, routers, and digital templating for quality fabrication and on-time delivery. With digital templating, we can account for the undulation of your wall and ensure the counters match up perfectly.  From your vision to computerized CAD drawing to installation of your countertop, your project will receive state-of-the-art craftsmanship and the attention to detail it deserves. We also never use subcontractors and invite you to come see how we operate anytime!

This is our CNC saw, the GMM Intra. The Intra allows us to either program on the floor or import a CAD drawing. The Intra can cut parallel, perpendicular and diagonal arcs and circumferences. This machine allows Prestige to cut a wide range of materials quickly and with absolute precision.
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The Luna 740S is an automatic edge polisher which has been specifically designed to produce straight, slanted , bullnose, and a variety of other edges. This machine is capable of profiling  granite, marble, and engineered stones quickly and efficiently.
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The fact that we at Prestige are completely involved in the entire process, from design to fabrication to installation, helps ensure your counter tops turn out exactly as you imagine.

 

Do they provide references? Can you see examples of their finished projects?

A reputable fabricator will be able to provide references of recent projects. If you can visit one of their job sites and/or showroom, that’s also highly recommended. This allows you to ensure the quality of their finished work meets your standards. This requires a bit of extra research and work on your part, but will absolutely help provide peace of mind about such a big investment into your home.

Do they provide a warranty on their work?

When making any kind of large purchase it’s nice to know the company you are working with will stand behind their work. At Prestige we offer a lifetime warranty on all stone and sinks. We are passionate about making your installation a success and are dedicated to the level of customer service required to ensure your happiness for the lifetime of your counters. Prestige’s commitment to customer satisfaction has earned us an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

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Whatever project you can dream up,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design, fabrication, and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom and bring their ideas and questions with them anytime!

 

What’s New at Prestige Marble & Granite

New arrivals in showroom

Here at Prestige Marble & Granite, we’re always on the prowl for new inventory in order to bring you the best and most beautiful in natural stone for your interior design projects. We literally search the world for the best quality stone with the most attractive coloration and patterning. From classic colors to exotic and rare, we’re able to offer our customers vast selections to suit any decorating style, personal taste, and budget. Here’s a look at some of our latest acquisitions. (Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stones, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our showroom to view these unique beauties in person!)

BETULARIE

Beautiful Betularie is an exotic Brazilian granite characterized by warm, earthy tones of gold, cream, taupe and brown. Darker black or gray veins highlight the movement and character of this exquisite stone, with varying flecks of mica and quartz giving the stone a reflective sparkle.

Betularie slab

Betularie Detail

OLYMPUS WHITE

The brilliant white background of stunning Olympus White granite is highlighted by dramatic black and grey veins punctuated with rich chocolate brown mineral deposits. This ancient stone has a very modern wow factor!

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Olympus Detail

MONT BLANC

With its sugary crystalline appearance, Mont Blanc marble has a soft, organic vibe. The white background is accented with soft flowing veins of dark to medium gray.  Mont Blanc marble is an elegant choice for your most sophisticated spaces!

Mont Blanc marble slab Mont Blanc marble detail

ALASKA WHITE

Alaska White granite is a beautiful stone that combines stunning icy whites with browns and greys to create complex, dynamic patterns. This stone can easily transcend design styles, going from contemporary and modern to vintage or traditional.

Alaska White slab Alaska White detail

These four beautiful selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones! We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by the Prestige Marble & Granite showroom and browse any time.

Company News: Day Trip to Decolores Mármores e Granitos in Brazil

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We’ve had a busy Spring, filled with exciting trade shows and events, the acquisition of super-cool new equipment, and shopping for truckloads of beautiful and unique new stones. One of the highlights of our Spring Renewal was a day trip to an ornamental stone factory in Brazil. While granite does come out of the ground (quarries, to be exact), the huge chunks of rock (and I mean HUGE) have to be cut and processed before they end up in showrooms like Prestige Marble & Granite.  It was such an interesting experience – Brazil stands out for being the country with the greatest diversity of ornamental stones in the world, besides having one of the largest existing reserves – and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience it first-hand and to share what I have learned with our customers!

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A stunning first impression of Decolores MáMores e Granitos!

This Brazilian factory, Decolores Mármores e Granitos, is located in the municipality of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, in the state of Espírito Santo. The town is the economic hub of southern Espírito Santo, and is the most important producer of marble and granite in Brazil.

Our factory tour began inside, with the attractive stone-filled offices.

Then, the real fun began, as our tour moved out into the factory. Here’s a look at the fascinating Pedrini machine. It uses diamond wires to cut massive blocks of stone into 28 slices, 1-1/4″ thick, in just four to six hours. The water flows constantly to keep the wires from burning up, but it is 100% recycled, so there is zero waste.

Another interesting factory show to watch was the resin-filling process. Some (not all) of the exotic stones are filled with resin because they have natural micro-fissures. The resin is applied with a squeegee-like tool, and the slabs are then run through a special convection oven on a conveyer to cure. The process fills the minute cracks, improving the qualities of the natural stone and ensuring that your beautiful stone is virtually free of defects.

It was just amazing to see these huge cut and uncut blocks of stone!

Cut and uncut blocks of stone

And did I mention the fabulous view?

Cut and uncut blocks of stone

 

We’re your Middle Tennessee source for high quality, rare and exotic natural stones. We have something for every taste and every budget. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time! 

 

Spring Renewal at Prestige Marble & Granite

Vitoria Stone Fair 2016 in Brazil
Vitoria Stone Fair 2016 in Brazil – With over 25,000 visitors from 57 countries and more than 1200 types of rocks, this largest ornamental stone fair in Latin America showed the trends for 2016, as well as machines, equipment and supplies.
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Prestige owner Aaron Cook purchasing a new state-of-the-art polishing machine at the StoneExpo‬ in Las Vegas (part of the International Surface event, TISE)

Spring is a time for refreshing and renewing; and Prestige Marble & Granite is no exception. Our Spring renewal each year begins with attending national and international stone fairs and expos, where we meet with other industry pros and suppliers, get the scoop on upcoming trends for using natural stone in interior design, as well as learn about the latest and greatest in fabrication technology. After walking what feels like thousands of miles on convention hall floors and networking with hundreds of fellow “stone people,” our  Spring refresh culminates with a big buying trip, allowing us to bring you the best and most beautiful in natural stone for your interior design projects.

This year our Spring Renewal brings you four truckloads of stunning new stones! Here’s a look at some of our new favorites. ( Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stones, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our showroom to view these unique beauties in person!)

CREMA BORDEAUX

Crema Bordeaux slab

Crema Bordeaux is famous for its amazing colors and is often said to resemble the planet Jupiter with its swirling pink and cream patterns. While there is no standard predominant color for this granite, you can expect a combination of certain minerals and colors in varying levels of saturation. You’ll find creamy golden tones combined with red hues that range from soft pink to golden orange to rusty burgundy. Grey to dark blue mineral deposits ground the red tones, making this stunning stone easy to integrate in most any design scheme.

PURPLE DUNES

Purple Dunes slab

This distinctive granite from Brazil has dramatic veining in deep purples, golds, grays, creams, and browns. Purple Dunes is very durable, making it ideal for for interiors, well as landscaping projects and and outdoor kitchens in climates with freezing temperatures.

Life is Good

Life is Good granite

Don’t you love the soft, organic vibe of the directional veining in this blue marble? We’re wild about our new “Life is Good.” This stunning blue-hued slab has soft, but distinct diagonal streaks in shades of grey and beige, making it an elegant choice for both kitchens and baths.

VIENNA GRANITE

Vienna Granite slab

This beautiful slab of Vienna granite is fabulously modern in appearance with multi-directional veining and dramatic mineral deposits that really pop – giving the stone a modern edge. Vienna would be a stunning complement to any contemporary design!

These four beautiful selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones! We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by and browse any time.

NEW CONTEST: Win Two Titans Tickets!

Titans tickets to football game on Oct. 25Last week, we finished up our first refer-a-friend give away contest and it was a huge success. So much so, that we’ve decided to host another contest right away!  Starting today, you can enter to win two tickets (valued at $366!) to the Tennessee Titans vs Atlanta Falcons on October 25. Kick-off is at noon Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

The contest is open to all Tennessee residents 13 and older. If you win and you’re under 18, you will need to bring an adult to collect the tickets. It’s easy to participate in this contest: just enter you name and email on the simple sign-up form and you will receive a unique link back to the contest. Then, just share this link with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter (A good technique is to tag your friends in your posts to get more sign ups.) For each person you get to sign up, you earn 1 point. The person with the most points at the end of the contest wins.  Click here to go to the contest.

Our recent winner, Troy Blackwood, from Columbia, had 164 referrals! Here he is with his new YETI® Tundra 45 – a $350 value.

Troy Blackwood, winner of YETI coooler

 

Prestige Marble and Granite is your Middle Tennessee source for stone countertops, custom fabricated from nature’s finest materials, including rare marble and exotic granite. Click here to visit our website.

Welcome to Our Blog!

We’re excited to launch our new Blog! Our goal is to bring you news you can use – from anything and everything about marble and granite to the latest hot topics in home decor and interior design. If you have any questions about marble and granite, or if there’s a topic you would would like us to blog about, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

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