Friday, January 13, 2017

Guide to Stone and Granite Fabrication

When we use the term ‘granite’ in home improvement, it gets used rather loosely because it obviously has to go through a process before being used as opposed to being directly installed from source. In order for it to become a beautiful countertop, it may just go through more than you realize in what we call ‘stone fabrication’ - where ‘fabricators’ are the contractors.

Stone Fabrication in San Diego - First and foremost, the stone fabricator should explain the different materials before helping you decide on what you would like for your project. During this phase, measurements will be taken so that the correct amount of stone can be yielded. As soon as this is completed, more discussions will follow including types of veins, shading, stone, color, and more.

In the stone selection process, there will also be a decision regarding stone density and structure. Since it is a natural resource, the quality of stones can differ depending on where it is extracted. Therefore, different stones will have differing levels of durability and overall strength which makes it a unique selection. Of course, not every single slab of stone can be tested but all good stone companies should have basic test information on the stone that comes from individual quarries. Thanks to training and experience, stone fabricators excel in quality control which should leave you happy with the end result.

Granite and Stone Fabrication - When it comes to key decisions, the stone fabricators should be of assistance but the fabrication process will not begin until final decisions are made. In this process, the stone will be assessed for damage including scratches, blemishes, seams, and fissures. If all is fine, the slab will then be laid out to check overall appearance before being cut to size. If required, special scribing and edging can take place.

Next, the installation of drain boards and support rods will occur before the stone is smoothed using a complex process involving grit polish. When all this is done, the stone is then washed and dried in preparation for the sealer base coat. Typically, this whole process will take place away from your home before then being delivered to be fitted into your kitchen!

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