• From The Quarry To The Kitchen -Where Exotic Granite And Marble Come From – Part 2

    We are continuing our story about how the exotic granite, marble and quartzite travel from quarry to your kitchen.

    The first thing to do is to get accurate measurements in your home by creating a template so your countertop will fit perfectly. This process takes into account everything from sink location to imperfections in the walls. Some templates are created by documenting measurements manually or by using thin wood or plastic strips that are glued together to produce a perfect replica of the area to be covered by the stone.

    In the fabrication facility the measurements are either entered into computer or the templates are placed on the selected piece of natural stone and adjusted to get the desired results prior to cutting. With advancements in technology, many stone contractors are now producing templates digitally with increased efficiency and accuracy. The digital template is created by electronically mapping strategic points on the countertop surface. This precise information is then downloaded into a laptop or tablet to create an electronic template. Using a computer back at the fabrication facility, the digital information is made into an actual photograph of the selected stone slab for the job.

    Whether a manual or electronic template system is used, the end result is an ideal match of the material and the measurements of the countertop in your home. The stone is then cut with an automated sawing system which ensures that the cut outs for stove tops, sinks, faucets and other kitchen appliances are correct. The pieces of natural stone are then edged either with automated equipment or by hand. There are several common edge profiles available. Consult with DTK Stone Works friendly staff to choose the right edge for your project. Decorative edges are put only on the visible edge not on the join edge. Most edging is done with powerful diamond routers using specific bits to profile the desired edges.

    The final step is finishing the edge. When all of the pieces are cut, edged and finished to specification, the granite countertop has made its final trip to your home. DTK Stone Works skilful craftsmen install the countertop and other components making sure that all elements of your kitchen or bathroom are fitted perfectly. In the field, installers glue pieces of natural stone together using polyester resin in the joints. When finished, the resin has a polished look similar to the polish of natural stone .

    Sealing is a common step taken on some stone as an extra precaution against staining. In fact, sealing products used in the stone industry are impregnators which don’t actually seal the stone but act as a repellant. Sealing doesn’t make the stone stain proof; rather it makes the stone more stain resistant. When consulting with DTK Stone Works you may find that many stones don’t require sealing. However, applying an impregnating sealer is a common practice.

    From the quarry, to slabbing, templating, cutting, edging, finishing and finally to installation, DTK Stone Works strives for enhancing the beauty of granite, marble and quartzite through craftsmanship, perfection and precision and achieving your ultimate satisfaction.

  • From The Quarry To The Kitchen -Where Exotic Granite And Marble Come From – Part 2

    We are continuing our story about how the exotic granite, marble and quartzite travel from quarry to your kitchen.

    The first thing to do is to get accurate measurements in your home by creating a template so your countertop will fit perfectly. This process takes into account everything from sink location to imperfections in the walls. Some templates are created by documenting measurements manually or by using thin wood or plastic strips that are glued together to produce a perfect replica of the area to be covered by the stone.

    In the fabrication facility, the measurements are either entered into computer or the templates are placed on the selected piece of natural stone and adjusted to get the desired results prior to cutting. With advancements in technology, many stone contractors are now producing templates digitally with increased efficiency and accuracy. The digital template is created by electronically mapping strategic points on the countertop surface. This precise information is then downloaded into a laptop or tablet to create an electronic template. Using a computer back at the fabrication facility, the digital information is made into an actual photograph of the selected stone slab for the job.

    Whether a manual or electronic template system is used, the end result is an ideal match of the material and the measurements of the countertop in your home. The stone is then cut with an automated sawing system which ensures that the cutouts for stovetops, sinks, faucets and other kitchen appliances are correct. The pieces of natural stone are then edged either with automated equipment or by hand. There are several common edge profiles available. Consult with DTK Stone Works friendly staff to choose the right edge for your project. Decorative edges are put only on the visible edge not on the join edge. Most edging is done with powerful diamond routers using specific bits to profile the desired edges.

    The final step is finishing the edge. When all of the pieces are cut, edged and finished to specification, the granite countertop has made its final trip to your home. DTK Stone Works skillful craftsmen install the countertop and other components making sure that all elements of your kitchen or bathroom are fitted perfectly. In the field, installers glue pieces of natural stone together using polyester resin in the joints. When finished, the resin has a polished look similar to the polish of the natural stone.

    Sealing is a common step taken on some stone as an extra precaution against staining. In fact, sealing products used in the stone industry are impregnators which don’t actually seal the stone but act as a repellant. Sealing doesn’t make the stone stain proof; rather it makes the stone more stain resistant. When consulting with DTK Stone Works you may find that many stones don’t require sealing. However, applying an impregnating sealer is a common practice.

    From the quarry, to slabbing, templating, cutting, edging, finishing and finally to installation, DTK Stone Works strives for enhancing the beauty of granite, marble, and quartzite through craftsmanship, perfection and precision and achieving your ultimate satisfaction.

  • From The Quarry To The Kitchen – Where Exotic Granite And Marble Come From – Part 1

    Today we start a series of publications explaining almost everything about the exotic granite and marble – how they are quarried, cut, fabricated, installed and maintained. Make sure to bookmarks us so that you don’t miss anything that will expand your view about the countertop in your kitchen and make you realize how many people are involved before that beautiful piece of art work landed in your home.

    From thousands of years ago when man first started building things they use of natural stone has been a constant. Cultures from ancient to contemporary have used natural stone to build structures to worship their gods, celebrate their beliefs, memorialize their dead, entertained their people and house their institutions of government. Today thanks to new technology the use of natural stone has expanded broadly beyond its traditional use of interiors and exteriors of major buildings.

    Today natural stone is becoming a staple in homes of every size. Consumers have discovered the beauty, luxury and sustainability of this unique all natural material for countertops, floors, and other applications. They like it because it’s the real thing – it cannot be duplicated in a factory or laboratory it’s nature zone. It comes literally in thousands of colors and no two pieces are exactly the same. Nothing approaches the uniqueness, durability, serviceability of natural stone countertops in kitchens, bathrooms and other locations in the home.

    There has always been a special allure to naturals stone. But what makes it particularly appealing now is the drastic reduction of prices over the last two decades. The result of quantum advances in quarry and fabricating technologies. The journey from the quarry to the kitchen can begin right here in North America or in quarries around the world. There is an enormous supply of natural stone and more is being discovered every day. This combination of supply and technological advancements makes natural stone very competitive with man made materials. From quarries, giant blocks of natural stone are carved out of the earth with diamond cutting systems which have drastically reduced the effort previously required to achieve this task.

    The newest technology is the diamond segment multi wire saw which can slice a block of granite into slabs at a rate of 12” to 15” per hour or complete block in about 6 hours. This compares to the ¾” per hour cuts made by older gang saw technology in which a block is slabbed in 40 to 50 hours. The slabs are then polished on high speed lines that feature multiple heads. Some of the stone may be cut into tiles or other cut to size pieces. Once completed, the stone is then shipped to distributors and fabricators like DTK Stone Works. Many stone contractors as well as design professionals travel the world to hand select material in block or slab form. The same way you select the stone for your home. Because every block or slab is unique it can be a very daunting task.

    Once you’ve selected the material that’s perfect for your home, DTK Stone Works will do the rest, of course with your input. Make sure you read and watch us next time. For more information do not hesitate to call us and schedule your visit to our showroom.