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 competitive with 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.