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Protective Measures for Custom Concrete Installs

If you are a shop that works with custom concrete you may already know much of the information in this article. But if you are setting up a new shop and plan on working with custom concrete, this is information that you will most certainly need to know about countertop installation protection since it can affect the profitability of your shop. In this article we will talk about some of the techniques used for protecting your custom concrete installations and how it makes a difference in your business's success.

Proper Custom Concrete Storage Protects the Installation

When it comes to storing custom concrete, there are some important things to consider. One of these is how the storage of the slab affects the installation of the countertop. You might not think that these apsects of stone fabrication are related to one another, but they are.

Even just sitting in the rack, a custom concrete surface can pick up some blemishes that affect the quality of the installation. That's why we can say that the storage of the custom concrete material plays a role in protecting the quality of the installation. Getting even one scratch on it requires effort and time to correct it to the point that it is worthy of being installed. So be sure that your storage practices are such that the material isn't put in harm's way. Inevitably there are going to be improvements that need to be made to a surface. But the fewer the better.

Care During Custom Concrete Fabrication Protects Installs

Anytime during the fabrication process custom concrete can get damaged. Not all damage is the same and some is less serious than other damage. But any scratches or chips that occur during the process of cutting, shaping, and polishing a custom concrete countertop can show up in the final product.

Tips for protecting the install by producing a perfect custom concrete surface during fabrication include using tools best suited for custom concrete. Additionally, knowing how to use them is key as well. If you want to protect the install quality, using the right tools is important.

Transporting Custom Concrete Safely Protects Installs

If you plan to protect the installation of the custom concrete surface, every step of the process must contribute to the install protection. That includes the transport step. if not done safely, the entire install could be ruined.

Properly maintained equipment and the correct sized racks are important to protecting the installation of custom concrete countertops. For example, if one rubber cap on a corner of a rack postis not in good condition, it could spell disaster in the way of a scratch that increases install time or even puts off the install. This equates to time and money for your business. Using racks that are in good shape and keeping them maintained surely plays a role in protecting the installation.

Installing Custom Concrete & Countertop Protection

Protecting custom concrete countertop installs doesn't just happen in the previous stages of the process. Protecting countertop installations also occurs during the install process itself. Let's look at how this happens.

The install of custom concrete countertops takes equipment that is designed to prevent it from scratching or chipping. Vacuum cups help the installers to lift, handle, and position the material as they put it in place. Slab dollies and other specialized equipment also adds to the protection of the install during this part of the process.

Protecting Custom Concrete Installs After Completion

All the way up to this point, custom concrete countertop protection has been achieved by 1) carefully handling the material, and 2) using the proper equipment correctly. But now more is needed. The custom concrete countertop install job is done and yet the surface still needs to be protected.

Protecting custom concrete surfaces after they have been completely installed is perhaps the most challenging since you and your tema will not be interacting with the material at all. After all, what used to be a custom concrete slab is now a completed countertop. However, after you leave there will be many others that come into area and some will be working on other aspects of the construction. These will be tempted to use the new countertop as a place to put tools, material, and even lunch. Using a caution warning protective countertop film that let's others know not to use the surface for anything is your final method for protecting the install.

In the end protecting custom concrete countertop installs is like other aspects of fabrication and installations of stone materials. It can be a relatively smooth task, or it can be a challenging one. However being familiar with the practices and techniuqes used before, during and after the installation has the potential to boost your shop's profitability.

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