Here we take a look at colour and vein matching with some colours of granite and quartz. Usually Granite will cause the biggest issue but due to the improvement and technology advances in Quartz slab fabrication this is now also noteworthy for quartz worktops too.
Usually when a project is priced a certain amount of slabs are allocated. As an example below we look at a small kitchen made of 3 pieces of cambria Oakmoor quartz . You can see from the example on the right a slab marked for fabrication, the 3 pieces will just come off 1 full slab.

worktop vein matching

Kitchen layout 1

In this example the colour and vein matching work out pretty well. Although the areas where joint will be are not fully matching all the grain and flow of the materiel is going the same way . In this layout 1 slab works perfectly to get the kitchen .

kitchen layout 2

In our second example we are using exactly the same amount of materiel as example 1 but this time the layout is different . As you can see this may cause an issue for some customers as the vein and grain are not running the same way on one of the pieces. ironically they are actually flowing in the same direction on the other joint.

From this you can see our problem when pricing and manufacturing . To get the grain and movement all flowing the same way we would have to price an additional slab into the cost . While some materials can be fairly reasonable for an extra slab in the lower price group colours , other are much more expensive.

in addition to this, sometimes it just isn’t possible to get all the grain running the same way no matter how many slabs you have. if for example you need 3 runs at 3m long but to match the grain one of these pieces needs to come off the end of a slab, its just not possible as most slabs are only a maximum of 2m high(max 1.6 meters in quartz)