Installation Protection Tips for Quartzite
In the world of stone fabrication there are a number of materials that are used for hard surfaces. One of those materials is quartzite. And when you work with quartzite, there are some tips and tricks that make your installations more successful. This page is related to protecting your countertop installs. In this article we will talk a bit about some of the techniques used when installing quartzite surfaces and why these methods are good to practice.
Protecting Quartzite While Storing
If you were asked to name two parts of the quartzite fabrication process that were related, perhaps among the last of the two that you would think of would be the storage and the installation. Because storing quartzite happens toward the beginning and the install occurs near the end, these seem unrelated. However, storing quartzite can add protection the install.
Even just sitting in the rack, a quartzite surface can pick up some blemishes that affect the quality of the installation. That's why we can say that the storage of the quartzite 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.
Protecting Installs During Quartzite Fabrication
Anytime during the fabrication process quartzite 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 quartzite countertop can show up in the final product.
Tips for protecting the install by producing a perfect quartzite surface during fabrication include using tools best suited for quartzite. Additionally, knowing how to use them is key as well. If you want to protect the install quality, using the right tools is important.
Safely Transporting Quartzite Protects Installs
If you plan to protect the installation of the quartzite 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.
Quartzite transport racks are a key element in protecting your quartzite countertop installs. After all, if a quartzitesurface is scratched or chipped across its face, wouldn't that amount to a sub-par installation? That's why it is recommended that all of your racks transporting quartzite be well maintained and in good working condition. Regular inspections and upkeep will go a long way in protecting countertops.
Quartzite Installation Protection
As you might imagine, countertops made from quartzite must be installed in a way that protects the install quality just as we have mentioned in each of the parts of the process we have looked at up to now.
Quartzite installs are protected at the time of installation in a couple of ways. As we talked about before, the transporting of the material needs to be done properly. At this point in the process though, the original material has had parts cut out. So, it requires even more care depending on how much of the surface has been removed. Again, as before, the proper equipment must be used so that the quartzite is not scratched or chipped. The last thing you want is to add more work at this stage in the process.
Post Completion Quartzite Countertop Protection
All the way up to this point, quartzite countertop protection has been achieved by 1) carefully handling the material, and 2) using the proper equipment correctly. But now more is needed. The quartzite countertop install job is done and yet the surface still needs to be protected.
Protecting quartzite 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 quartzite 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.
As we have seen in this article, installation of quartzite countertops is better accomplished when the techniques and practices discussed here are put into place. By making use of the tips mentioned in this article you will be better equipped to protect your high quality installation.