We are continuing our story about how the exotic granite, marble and quartzite travel from quarry to your kitchen. You can see Part 1 here.
The first thing to do is to get accurate measurements in your home by creating a template so your countertop will fit perfectly. This process takes into account everything from sink location to imperfections in the walls. Some templates are created by documenting measurements manually or by using thin wood or plastic strips that are glued together to produce a perfect replica of the area to be covered by the stone.
In the fabrication facility the measurements are either entered into computer or the templates are placed on the selected piece of natural stone and adjusted to get the desired results prior to cutting. With advancements in technology, many stone contractors are now producing templates digitally with increased efficiency and accuracy. The digital template is created by electronically mapping strategic points on the countertop surface. This precise information is then downloaded into a laptop or tablet to create an electronic template. Using a computer back at the fabrication facility, the digital information is made into an actual photograph of the selected stone slab for the job.
Whether a manual or electronic template system is used, the end result is an ideal match of the material and the measurements of the countertop in your home. The stone is then cut with an automated sawing system which ensures that the cut outs for stove tops, sinks, faucets and other kitchen appliances are correct. The pieces of natural stone are then edged either with automated equipment or by hand. There are several common edge profiles available. Consult with DTK Stone Works friendly staff to choose the right edge for your project. Decorative edges are put only on the visible edge not on the join edge. Most edging is done with powerful diamond routers using specific bits to profile the desired edges.
The final step is finishing the edge. When all of the pieces are cut, edged and finished to specification, the granite countertop has made its final trip to your home. DTK Stone Works skilful craftsmen install the countertop and other components making sure that all elements of your kitchen or bathroom are fitted perfectly. In the field, installers glue pieces of natural stone together using polyester resin in the joints. When finished, the resin has a polished look similar to the polish of natural stone.
Sealing is a common step taken on some stone as an extra precaution against staining. In fact, sealing products used in the stone industry are impregnators which don’t actually seal the stone but act as a repellant. Sealing doesn’t make the stone stain proof; rather it makes the stone more stain resistant. When consulting with DTK Stone Works you may find that many stones don’t require sealing. However, applying an impregnating sealer is a common practice.
From the quarry, to slabbing, templating, cutting, edging, finishing and finally to installation, DTK Stone Works strives for enhancing the beauty of granite, marble and quartzite through craftsmanship, perfection and precision and achieving your ultimate satisfaction.