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Engineered Stone Install Protection Techniques

Installing engineered 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 engineered stone be protected. In this article we will briefly look at some of these.

Storing Engineered Stone and Protecting the Install

If you were asked to name two parts of the engineered 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 engineered stone happens toward the beginning and the install occurs near the end, these seem unrelated. However, storing engineered stone can add protection the install.

The first place a piece of engineered stone contributes to the protection of the installation is while it is in storage. Storing engineered stone material is best accomplished by using the proper storage equipment in the correct manner. Why? Because there are events that occur in storage that could hinder the quality of the installation if not corrected. So, the storage of engineered stone is a factor in how the install turns out and the two aspects of fabricating this material are related.

Care During Engineered Stone Fabrication Protects Installs

Anytime during the fabrication process engineered 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 engineered stone countertop can show up in the final product.

The tools that are used for working engineered stone 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 engineered stone will yield the best results. Of course, even the best of tools requires the fabricator to be skilled at using them.

Engineered Stone Installation Portection During Transport

Engineered 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.

So what are the practices for transporting engineered stone surfaces that play a role in the protection of the installation of the countertop? One of them is the proper loading and unloading of the engineered stone onto and off of the delivery vehicle. Another is using equipment with rubber contact points that is in good condition. There are others as well but these are worth noting.

Protection During Engineered Stone Installations

As you might imagine, countertops made from engineered 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.

Engineered Stone 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 engineered stone is not scratched or chipped. The last thing you want is to add more work at this stage in the process.

Protecting Engineered Stone Installs After Completion

As much opportunity ther has been for the engineered stone install project to be marred up to this point, it now needs protection more than it ever has. Why" Because the completed project is going to exposed to others. Individuals that may not know about the dos and don'ts of engineered stone surfaces.

Protecting engineered 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 engineered 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.

In light of what we have discussed in this article, would you say that having protecting engineered stone 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.

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