Protecting Your Sandstone Installations
Installing sandstone 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 sandstone be protected. In this article we will briefly look at some of these.
Sandstone Install Protection During Storage
What does storage have to do with the installation of sandstone? Actually, it has a lot to do with it. Even though storage is one of the first aspects of the fabrication process, it relates to the install significantly. In fact, how sandstone is stored can actually protect the quality of the install.
Any shop that works with sandstone 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 sandstone 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 sandstone plays a role in the outcome; a quality installation.
Care During Sandstone Fabrication Protects Installs
There are points in the sandstone fabrication process where scratches, chips, or even cracks can take place. At any of these stages of working the material, a blemish or mistake can hinder the final result and it will be noticed after the install if not before.
During fabrication, a key concept to keep in mind is that the tools, and skill level of the worker will affect how the installation turns out. Choosing pads, blades, and bits that are designed for sandstone surfaces will only take you part of the way, the tool quality and the skill level of the fabricator will take you the rest of the way.
Protect Sandstone Countertops During Transport
Sandstone that is transported need to be done so carefully and safely. This is because, even as the previous phases of the fabrication process can hinder the installation results, so can the transport phase. That's right! Installation protection occurs during the transport phase as well.
Properly maintained equipment and the correct sized racks are important to protecting the installation of sandstone 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.
Sandstone Installations and Protection
In addition to the stages of sandstone countertop production that we have discussed thus far, the install itself is one that offers opportunities for protection. Even though it is the part that is protected by other steps, it too contributes to its own protection.
If you are installing sandstone 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 sandstone surface into place.
Installed Sandstone Countertop Protection
All the way up to this point, sandstone countertop protection has been achieved by 1) carefully handling the material, and 2) using the proper equipment correctly. But now more is needed. The sandstone countertop install job is done and yet the surface still needs to be protected.
Protecting sandstone 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 sandstone 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, sandstone countertops need to be protected through the entire process. Being mindful of this need as the sandstone surface is being stored, transported, installed, and even sitting completecontributes to overall profitability of your business.