Browse over 50 colors of beautiful hand selected stocked granite, marble and quartz. Our slabs are displayed in a climate controlled showroom/warehouse in our facility in Shawnee, KS. Price groups help you easily budget your project.
Floor samples and cabinet doors can help select slab colors that compliment your color scheme. This is a critical part of the process. If you need a sink, backsplash or help determining an edge profile, our experienced staff can help with the finishing touch.
Plan to schedule template and install
Scheduling sets the project in motion. Once the scope of the project has been determined, a template appointment can be scheduled. To avoid delays, it’s important to prepare for template. For tips and help, we have posted “Preparation – Project Readiness” below.
After the countertops are templated they are drawn in CAD. Using the slab you have selected, a design of the countertop is overlaid and prepared for production. At this time it’s appropriate to schedule an install date.
Countertops are precisely measured
Laser technology is an extremely accurate and efficient process used for precision measurements during countertop templating. It assures fit and makes it easy to review radiuses, seam locations, overhangs and back splashes.
This is the final measurement and must be completed prior to fabrication. To avoid delays, it’s important that you are fully prepared for templating. It’s the customer’s responsibility to make sure that this prep-work is complete. Feel free to review the post below “Preparation – Project Readiness”.
We begin to make your countertops
After template, our design team produces a drawing through CAD . The preparation for countertop fabrication begins.
After the layout is complete, the slab moves to the Masterjet Saw. Next, it moves to the Waterjet (for precision cuts), the CNC router and edging machines for shaping and finally to the polishing station. This process can take 10 to 15 business days.
These are estimated lead times only. Times may vary due to job complexity and material lead times. Project management will communicate any time adjustments throughout the process.
SELECTION & QUOTATION
Initial quotation – could take 1-2 days
Slab & sink selection – could take 1-2 days
Selection & Quotation process = 1-4 days
Template – (3-5) b-days after quotation
Installation – (10-15) b-days after template
Courtesy call 30 minutes prior to arrival
Digital laser templating – (1-2) hours
Template process = 1 day
DESIGN & DRAW – CAD
Layout, seam placement, CAD – (2-3) days
Layout process = 2-3 business days
FABRICATION – SAW & CNC
Precision cutting – (1-2) days
Milling & edging – (2-4) days
Polishing & inspecting – (2-4) days
Fabricating process = 5-10 days
Courtesy call 30 minutes prior to arrival
Installation – (2-3) hours
Completed project = 20-34 days
Contact SCI – Granite Fabricators in Kansas City
Come experience our beautiful show room in Shawnee, KS. We’re happy to give you a tour of our facility. If you have a quick question, feel free to give us a call. We are granite fabricators in Kansas City and look forward to introducing you to the quality craftsmanship of Johnson County’s top natural stone fabricator – SCI.
PLEASE NOTE: Inclement weather may affect SCI’s Saturday hours of operation. For the safety of our employees, our showroom may be closed. In winter weather events, please call ahead (913) 422-0500 before visiting our showroom. We apologize for any inconvenience.
NOTICE: To keep our employees customers safe durning the COVID-19 crisis, SCI showroom will be closed except for appointments only until further notice.
SCI – Surface Center uses laser technology to custom template your countertops. Unlike most templating methods, a laser template does not disturb your kitchen and can be done over existing countertops. In most cases the countertops won’t even need to be cleared off. This technology makes it simple and easy to review radiuses, seam locations, overhangs, backsplashes, and any other questions you may have.
At our showroom, our design team will walk you through the selection process from sinks and edges, to hand selecting you slabs. All sink, cook top, color, and edge selections can be made before or shortly after template.
After templating and selection, your now digitized cabinets are downloaded into a computer and drafted in a Computer Assisted Design (CAD) program with your sink and cook top selections. The drawings are saved into another program called Stone Cam, which controls our CNC machine, and a program called LogoTag, which controls our Masterjet Saw.
These programs guarantee accuracy and allow us to show you the layout of your countertop with just a click of a button. If you are out of town, these programs allow us to email pictures of the slabs with the digital counters laid out on the slab.
Next, your selected granite slabs will be moved from our holding area to an A-frame where a picture is taken of the slab. This picture is then sent to our programmer’s computer, who lays out the digital templates on the slab photograph. When doing so, we take into consideration the flow, or movement, of the granite and we try to avoid blemishes and “odd spots” within the rock.
The slab then moves to our Masterjet Saw, which has a bridge saw for straight runs and a precision waterjet for curves and cutouts. The bridge saw uses circular metal blades studded with diamonds to cut through natural stone. The stone slab is submerged in water to cool the blade during the cutting process.
The CNC waterjet shoots water and an abrasive garnet out of a 0.014 inch hole at up to 60,000 psi. The water and abrasive travel at 3 times the speed of sound and cuts a line less than a 16th of an inch.
After the pieces have been cut out, they move to our CNC machine, which was programmed earlier using StomCam to form the edge selected. These programs control every aspect of the shaping process on the CNC. This machine uses a series of bridge saws and routers to shape the edge for your granite tops. The routing tools used have a spinning blade covered with diamonds and, like our saw, is water cooled.
Our production facility has two Pro Edge III’s and a Marmo edge machine. Using state of the art machinery allows us to get consistent edging throughout your project. All edge work is done on either our CNC router or on one of our state of the art edge machines. This technology reduces rippling in the edge which can be caused by the variance in hardness found throughout a piece of stone. This is just one attention to detail which sets us apart from the “other guys”.
When leaving the CNC, the edges have been formed but they are very dull. All pieces with an edge moves to our professional polishers. Our polishers use polishing guns with a rotating head that have interchangeable polishing pads with diamond grits. The finer the grit of the pad, the higher the polish and shine of the stone.
Although granite is very durable when it is installed properly, it’s not un-breakable. It can be chipped or cracked if it is struck by a sharp object. Granite is not flexible and will crack if it is forced to twist or bend , therefore, granite should only be handled by professionals and must always be adequately supported by proper framing or cabinetry.
Countertops are loaded and carefully shipped to their installation destination. These custom pieces are extremely heavy and should always be done by a professional installer.
Once the countertop base is ready, the installation team will carry the countertop in and carefully position it into place. Please provide a clear path to the cabinet location. Some custom trimming may be needed to assure the perfect fit.
Once the countertop is in place, the professional installers will secure the countertop and properly fit the seams. We take great care to ensure that all seams are tight, strong and virtually invisible. Obviously, some colors and stone patterns make it difficult to conceal the seams perfectly.