Today we start a series of publications explaining almost everything about the
exotic granite and marble – how they are quarried, cut, fabricated, installed and maintained.
Make sure to bookmarks us so that you don’t miss anything that will
expand your view about the
countertop in your kitchen and make you realize how many people are involved before
that beautiful piece of art work landed in your home.
From thousands of years ago when man first started building things they use of
natural stone has been a constant. Cultures from ancient to contemporary have used natural
stone to build structures to worship their gods, celebrate their beliefs,
memorialize their dead, entertained their people and house their institutions
of government. Today thanks to new technology the use of natural stone
has expanded broadly beyond its traditional use of interiors and exteriors
of major buildings.
Today natural stone is becoming a staple in homes of every size. Consumers
have discovered the
beauty, luxury and sustainability of this unique all natural material for countertops, floors, and other
applications. They like it because it’s the real thing – it
cannot be duplicated in a factory or laboratory it’s nature zone.
It comes literally in
thousands of colors and no two pieces are exactly the same. Nothing approaches the uniqueness,
durability, serviceability of natural stone countertops in
kitchens, bathrooms and other locations in the home.
There has always been a special allure to naturals stone. But what makes
it particularly appealing now is the drastic reduction of prices over
the last two decades. The result of quantum advances in quarry and fabricating
technologies. The journey from the quarry to the kitchen can begin right
here in North America or in quarries around the world. There is an enormous
supply of natural stone and more is being discovered every day. This combination
of supply and technological advancements makes
natural stone very competitivewith man made materials. From quarries, giant blocks of natural stone are
carved out of the earth with diamond cutting systems which have drastically
reduced the effort previously required to achieve this task.
The newest technology is the diamond segment multi wire saw which can slice
a block of granite into slabs at a rate of 12” to 15” per
hour or complete block in about 6 hours. This compares to the ¾”
per hour cuts made by older gang saw technology in which a block is slabbed
in 40 to 50 hours. The slabs are then polished on high speed lines that
feature multiple heads. Some of the stone may be cut into tiles or other
cut to size pieces. Once completed, the stone is then shipped to distributors
and fabricators like DTK Stone Works. Many stone contractors as well as
design professionals travel the world to hand select material in block
or slab form. The same way you select the stone for your home. Because
every block or slab is unique it can be a very daunting task.
Once you’ve selected the material that’s perfect for your home,
DTK Stone Works will do the rest, of course with your input. Make sure
you read and watch us next time. For more information do not hesitate
to call us and schedule your visit to our showroom.