Stone goes through a process that transforms it from its naturally found state, into the beautiful finished product that gets delivered and installed into your home as kitchen benchtops, bathrooms and more. You may not realise how much happens to get the stone from its natural quarry to its final high quality finished state. This process is what’s called Stone Fabrication. The people who perform this task are the Stone Fabricators.
What Stone Fabricators Do?
Stone fabricators can help you to choose the right material and the correct amount for your job.
The practical element generally includes measuring the dimensions of the area you would like your stone to be installed, to determine how much stone will be needed to complete the job. Once this is done, the type of stone material, shades and colours can be considered from the available supplies.
Structural integrity and density of the stone material is also another important element to be considered. Stone strength and quality can vary between the different types of slabs that are available. Even when the stone is taken from the same quarry, the stones can be significantly different. Stone fabricators will generally have good quality control over the slabs that are available, as they are working with material from the same slab on a regular basis.
Stone fabricators can assist with all of the above choices, all of these things will need to be decided and worked out before the fabrication process itself begins.
When fabrication of the stone takes place, final inspections will take place to search for any cracks, blemishes, scratches or fissures. The slab will then be laid out to ensure the best visual of the colour and vein texture. Following this, the stone will be cut within a few mm of its final thickness. Edging and any other design works to the slab will further shape the stone. Once the slab shape is almost complete, a multi-step process involving different levels of polish will be used to polish and smooth the surface of the stone, followed by washing, drying and the stone being sealed for use. All this work generally occurs away from the job site, and the final slabs will be delivered to the location of install, ready for installation.
Contact Made in Stone today to discuss your stone needs and see how we can assist you with your next project or build!