Granite cutting used to be a valued trade as granite countertops grew in popularity for homes and offices. Only the most experienced and robust of craftsmen took on this specialty, which was labor-intensive and extremely taxing. Along with actually cutting the granite, these craftsmen would also have to go onsite and install the countertops.
This process from start to finish was costing home and business owners more than $200 per square foot. Soon, customers shifted away from granite and for years purchased alternatives like stainless steel and concrete that was cheaper and could be installed without a professional.
With the advent of “computer numerically controlled (CNC)” saws, granite-cutting and installation was much more affordable. These saws allowed a larger variety of professionals to operate the saws and create more granite countertops at a lower price, in great part because they cut the cost of labor and installation. They are also able to create the countertops with more accuracy and precision so installation is easier.
With this advancement in a stone-cutting device, granite counters are more affordable and accessible. More homebuilders can affordably offer granite countertops to clients and there is a subsequent growing demand. This is thanks to not only its affordability, but its durability and beauty as well.
Granite is very hard to scratch and does not burn because it does not conduct heat. Moreover, each piece of granite is different as well with gorgeous colors and crystals that can add depth to any room.
Without the development of precision granite-cutting saws, granite countertops may still be reserved for only the most expensive kitchens and bathrooms. It’s amazing how much CNC saws affected the price and use of granite, introducing it to the mainstream as a standard home upgrade.