Sintered Stone Install Protection Techniques
Installing sintered stone 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 sintered stone be protected. In this article we will briefly look at some of these.
Storing Sintered Stone and Protecting the Install
If you were asked to name two parts of the sintered stone 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 sintered stone happens toward the beginning and the install occurs near the end, these seem unrelated. However, storing sintered stone can add protection the install.
How sintered stone slabs are stored makes a difference in the install quality because blemishes can happen at that point. When a sintered stone surface gets scratched, chipped, or even cracked, it adds to the work that must be done to the material. The end result might be a perfect installation, but how much time and money was spent to produce that installation? It all starts with the storage methods. Using the proper storage equipment in the correct manner affects the countertop's installation quality.
Fabrication Techniques Protect Sintered Stone Installs
Anytime during the fabrication process sintered stone 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 sintered stone countertop can show up in the final product.
You can protect the install of sintered stone countertops during the fabrication process. how the tools are used by the fabricator as well as the quality of the tools themselves contribute to the install quality. However, using blades, polishing pads and core bits designed for sintered stone is important as well.
Installation Protection of Sintered Stone Affected by Transport
Sintered Stone 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.
Sintered Stone countertop installations are protected by using some basic transport practices that prevent the sintered stone surface from damage. How the sintered stone 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.
Protection During Sintered Stone Installations
As you might imagine, countertops made from sintered stone 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.
The install of sintered stone 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.
After Installation Sintered Stone Countertop Protection
Up to now all the protection of your sintered stone countertop install has been by your own hand (well the hand(s) of the employees working the project). But now that the job is done, it needs to be protected more than any other point up to now.
Protecting sintered stone 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 sintered stone 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.
Like other stone industry materials, sintered stone countertops need to be protected through the entire process. Being mindful of this need as the sintered stone surface is being stored, transported, installed, and even sitting completecontributes to overall profitability of your business.