We are continuing our story about how the exotic granite, marble and quartzite
travel from quarry to your kitchen.
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.
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
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