Marble Install Protective Practices
Installing marble involves a number of techniques and practices that are common to hard surfaces of differing types. Whether the material is a natural stone or a man made material the installation benefits from protecting it. This takes various techniques throughout the fabrication process. In the fabrication shop, on the road, during the install, and even after it, there are occasions where marble be protected. In this article we will briefly look at some of these.
Proper Marble Storage Protects the Installation
Even though the storage of marble takes place so long before the installation, these two aspects of stone countertop fabrication are related. In fact, storing marble can create all sorts of problems if steps are not taken to protect the install.
Any shop that works with marble will have to store the material for a period of time. When the material is being stored it can accumulate blemishes from all sorts of events. The slab of marble sitting on the end of an aisle might get clipped or scratched as as a forklift drives by. ALthough it may not be as common as otherpoints in the process, storage mishaps do happen. Thus, the storage of marble plays a role in the outcome; a quality installation.
Protecting Installs During Marble Fabrication
Scratches, chips, and even breaks are possible during the process of fabrication of marble. Cutting, shaping, grinding, and polishing marble surfaces carry the potential of producing a less-than-optimal install in the long run.
The tools that are used for working marble and the skill of the fabricator work together to protect the installation of the surface. Choosing tools like blades, granding wheels, and polishing pads that are designed to work marble will yield the best results. Of course, even the best of tools requires the fabricator to be skilled at using them.
Installation Protection of Marble Affected by Transport
Marble countertop installs enjoy protection during transport in the sense that any of the accidents that could mark up the surface creat the need for more time and effort to bring the installation up to the standards of your shop. So, practicing good transport helps reduce the added expense of correcting blemishes.
Marble countertop installations are protected by using some basic transport practices that prevent the marble surface from damage. How the marble is loaded into the truck and unloaded can either cause or prevent chips, scratches or other blemishes that will have to be worked out or repaired at the install site. This increases the amount of time needed to achieve a flawless install. Thus, transporting the material with properly designed and maintained equipment adds to the protection of the install.
Installing Marble & Countertop Protection
Obviously the step of the marble countertop fabrication process that carries the potential for protecting the installation is the install itself. After all, it is the exact task that we are talking about protecting.
If you are installing marble countertops you must handle the material in such a way that it doesn't bend or twist. Additionally, the ability to have a good grip on the surface is key. Therefore, another way of protecting the install quality is to utilize tools and equipment to help with gripping and positioning the marble surface into place.
Installed Marble Countertop Protection
You might be thinking that is all there is to protecting marble countertop installs. However, that is not all. Even aafter the job is complete there is still a chance that the install could be marred and that is something that you certainly do not want to happen.
Keeping the marble surface from becoming damaged now will require something more than proper tool usage and know-how. Other trades may come in behind your crew and they will see that nice open area differently than you and your crew does. To them it will look more like a marble workbench. What is needed now is a way to communicate to everyone coming in behind you that the surface is not for use and that it must not be used for anything. Additionally, keeping it free from dust and other debris that will be stirred up in the air will help keep it from getting scratched.
In light of what we have discussed in this article, would you say that having protecting marble countertop installs from beginning to end makes sense? Many would say that it does. In fact, there are many inividuals that prefer to make their work easier by utilizing practices we have in this article. If you do, you might also benefit from these practices.