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Another important selection criterion is durability: the time measure of the ability of dimension stone to endure and to maintain its essential and distinctive characteristics of strength, resistance to decay, and appearance. Since most quarries can produce either one, a crushed stone quarry can be converted to dimension stone production. A variety of finishes can be applied to dimension stone to achieve diverse architectural and aesthetic effects. A polished finish gives the surface a high luster and strong reflection of incident light (almost mirror-like). More textured finishes include brush-hammered, sandblasted, and thermal. A sandblasted surface provides an irregular pitted surface by impacting sand or metal particles at high velocity against a stone surface. This finish may change the natural color of the stone depending on mineralogical composition, particularly with stones containing higher levels of iron. In addition, rocks and stones not normally classed as dimension stone are sometimes selected for these applications. Stone (usually granite) countertops and bathroom vanities both involve a finished slab of stone, usually polished but sometimes with another finish (such as honed or sandblasted). The slabs are cut to fit the top of the kitchen or bathroom cabinet, by measuring, templating or digital templating. Multi-wire saws with as many as 60 wires can slab a block in less than two hours. Almost all stone tile is mass-produced by automated tile lines to identical size, finish, and close tolerances. Stone monuments include tombstones, grave markers or as mausoleums. The individual monuments are then carved, shaped, and further defined by hand tools and sandblasting equipment. Granite and quartz both demonstrate good durability, especially because rain is naturally acidic.

Countertop Repair For Faux Granite Counters | Duration 2 Minutes 2 Seconds The most common monument colors for granite are gray, black, and mahogany; for marble, white is most popular. Building components include stone used as veneer(exterior), ashlar, or other shapes. Ashlar is a squared block of stone, often brick-sized, for facing of walls (primarily exterior). The stone is mostly limestone, but often is quartz-based stone (sandstone), or even marble or granite. Traffic-related stone is that which is used for curbing (vehicular) and flagstone (pedestrian). Flagstone is a shallow naturally irregular-edged slab of stone, sometimes sawed into a rectangular shape, used as paving (almost always pedestrian). Portugal produces 3 million tons of dimension stone each year. When demolishing a structure, dimension stone is 100% reusable and can be salvaged for new construction, used as paving or crushed for use as aggregates. The updating will emphasize green building, including the products it involves, such as dimension stone. Dimension stone in use can last many generations, even centuries, so the dimension stone manufacturers have not needed a product recycling program. The dimension stone color and pattern can be changed by weathering when it is very near the surface. On the other hand, changes in color and/or pattern can be positive. The presence of faults or closely spaced joints can render the stone unusable. Closely spaced, wrongly spaced, or nonparallel bedding planes can make the stone unusable, particularly if the bedding planes are planes of weakness. A quarry is not a short-term project unless it encounters one of these constraints. A quarry will produce dust, noise, and some water pollution, but these can be remedied without too much trouble. The material most likely to be recycled is concrete, and this represents the largest volume of recycled construction material. There is no national or regional trade in reclaimed stone, so a large storage yard is required, since the recovered stone may not be quickly sold and reused. Any roofing slate and interior stone in place is catalogued and moved in the same fashion. Buildings immediately spring to mind, but such things as the ornate stone walls, arches, stairways and balustrades alongside a boulevard can also be renovated and reused. Sometimes the old building is gutted, leaving only a shell or facade and the space inside reconfigured and modernized. The old stone work may only need cleaning or sandblasting, but it may need more. Next, the building walls need to be inspected for water leakages. The repointing is the removal of existing damaged mortar from the outer portion of the joint between stone units and its replacement by new mortar matching the appearance of the old. Deteriorated pieces of stone work are replaced with pieces of stone that match the original as much as possible.

How To Profile & Polish Granite Countertop Diy | Duration 7 Minutes 59 Seconds For both, it may not be possible to find an exact match, even from the original quarry. If the dimension stone renovationist is truly fortunate, the original builder put aside some spare pieces of the stone for future need. As such, it provides a comprehensive means for evaluating and comparing products rather than prescriptive measures of individual product characteristics. In addition to many hundreds of different stones with different colors and patterns, each stone can change radically in color and appearance when a different finish is put on it. With thousands of possibilities, the selector must start by looking at many stones in many different finishes, or photos of them. In addition to selecting a stone color and pattern, the suitability of its properties for the intended use must be considered. Dimension stone requires some specialized methods for cleaning and maintenance. Stains are another consideration; stains can be organic (food, grease, or oil) or metallic (iron, copper). Hone finish – a satin smooth surface finish with little or no gloss. Thermal finish – a surface treatment applied by intense heat flaming. Rough sawn – a surface finish resulting from the gang sawing (or frame saw) process. Color, texture and pattern, and surface finish of the stone are also normal requirements. Quarries that produce dimension stone or crushed stone (used as construction aggregate) are interconvertible. However, first the stone shattered by heavy and indiscriminate blasting must be removed. Other varieties of dimension stone that are normally considered to be special minor types include alabaster (massive gypsum), soapstone (massive talc), serpentine and various products fashioned from natural stone. A honed finish provides a smooth, satin-like (“eggshell”), nonreflective surface. A brush-hammered finish, similar to a houndstooth pattern, creates a rough, but uniformly patterned surface with impact tools varying in coarseness. A thermal (or flamed) finish produces a textured, nonreflective surface with only a few reflections from cleavage faces, by applying a high-temperature flame. More modern technology utilizes diamond wire saws which use less water and energy. The stone for countertops or vanities is usually granite, but often is marble (especially for vanity tops), and is sometimes limestone or slate. The majority of tile has a polished finish, but other finishes such as honed are becoming more common. At this time, the stone for monuments is most commonly granite, sometimes marble (as in military cemeteries), and rarely others.

How To Do A Concrete Countertop | Duration 14 Minutes 42 Seconds Due to costs, today stone veneers are usually used in place of solid stone blocks. There are a number of smaller applications for buildings and traffic-related uses. Veneer is a non load-bearing facing of stone attached to a backing of an ornamental nature, although it also protects and insulates. The shapes subject to foot traffic will usually have an abrasive finish such as honed or sandblasted. Roofing slate is a thin-split shingle-sized piece of slate, and when in place forms the most permanent kind of roof; slate is also used as countertops and flooring tile. For curbing, the stone is almost always granite, and for flagstone the stone is almost always quartz-based stone (sandstone or quartzite). The stone used in these applications usually has to have certain properties, or meet a standard specification. The indexes show world demand for granite has clearly been weakening since 2006, while the world demand for marble only weakened from 2007 to 2008. Energy price increases and the need for energy conservation when heating or cooling buildings have recently brought it to the fore. As an entirely natural product, dimension stone also has an advantage over synthetic/artificial stone products, as well as composite and space-age materials. There are also “green” methods of stone cleaning either in development or already in use, such as removing the black gypsum crusts that form on marble and limestone by applying sulfate-reducing bacteria to the crust to gasify it, breaking up the crust for easy removal. However, there are practical qualifications to and constraints on that sustainability. These faults and joints do not have to be at odd angles in the stone mass. If part of the stone in one area is unusable, there will be another usable part of the stone elsewhere in the formation. The landscape may also have to be restored if quarry waste is temporarily or permanently placed on adjacent land. Recycling dimension stone can occur when structures are demolished, along with recycling timber and recycling construction aggregate in the form of concrete. Not too many structures incorporate dimension stone, and even fewer of them have dimension stone worth saving.

Granite Countertop Repair Rembrandt Countertops | Duration 6 Minutes 25 Seconds Particularly treasured are old hand-carved stone pieces with the chisel marks still on them, local stones no longer quarried or that are quarried in a different shade of color or appearance. The building is taken apart stone block by stone block and the location and orientation of each block is carefully noted. Sometimes the old interior of the building is kept as is, after repair. Firstly, the building exterior (facade) needs to be inspected for unsafe conditions. The most likely needs are mortar restoration (repointing), applying consolidants to the old stone, or replacing pieces of stone that are deteriorated (damaged) beyond the point of any repair. The consolidants re-establish the original natural bonding between the stone particles that weathering has removed. Exterior dimension stone will often change color after exposure to weather over time. Interior dimension stone can sometimes change its shade a little over time too. Stone will often change its appearance from location to location in the same quarry. Almost 90% of the effort in doing a life cycle assessment involves getting reliable data. The selector has literally thousands of options to choose from, and should examine many options. Stone being chosen for countertops or vanities should be nonabsorptive, resist stains, and be heat and impact resistant. Stone being used for flooring, paving, or surfaces subject to foot or vehicular traffic ought to have a semiabrasive finish for slip resistance, such as bush-hammered or thermal. Most flagstone surfaces are rough enough to be naturally slip-resistant. Abrasive cleaners should not be used on a polished stone finish because it will wear the polish off. Textured finishes (thermal, bush-hammered) can be treated with some mildly abrasive cleaners but not bleach or an acidic cleaner (if marble or limestone). Stains require some special removal techniques, such as the poultice method. Diamond sawed – finish produced by sawing with a diamond toothed saw. Brush-hammered – a mechanical process wh ich produces textured surfaces.

Granite Has Blotchy Appearance by

However, the surface is blotchy and looks dirty, scratched, and old. It’s hard to explain, you can see what look like “etchings” all over the counter, especially when the sun is shining, and from many different angles. You just aren’t used to looking at granite and your guests will not think they are dirty or notice a thing unless they decide to inspect the granite countertop at all angles. No two stones have the same composition nor will they look the same. Quartz countertop manufacturers of course have tried to eliminate these differences by making a stone-like product with uniform composition, only with different colors. Also , granite countertops can have a number of different “finishes”. In fact , it comes to the stone warehouse already polished. It’s true that fabricators typically just cut and polish edges, but do not do anything to the top finished surface except clean it and seal it if necessary and requested. Unfortunately, if you have such a dog stone, there isn’t much you can do about it especially if you picked it out. Mine seems to get worse and spots and rings if you don’t catch a liquid spot immediately. There were some spots and rings after they left from installing. They tell me the granite is “soft” and they are no longer installing in kitchens but there are many beautiful pictures on the internet with this granite. Typically, in such cases this is due to a film (like soap scum) is on the surface. I feel it is artifacts unique to the piece as they look like scratches or water marks but they cannot be felt. The master bath has the same granite, it is gorgeous and shiny and not rough. We didn’t have the option of choosing our own granite slabs. They should be evenly smooth and shiny without excessive pitting (all granite can pit so, but typically new tops don’t have many yet. Natural stone can have all kinds of pattern and color variations including unusual inclusions or spots of a different color that is not repeated in the pattern. However, if the stains are deep or old, then they may be permanent. Granite colors and patterns can vary a lot and sometimes even contain a stray spot or color. We thought they would polish it like they did the edges. If your countertop surface is completely smooth to the touch, but only looks weird and blotchy at a low angle, then it is normal. You were ready to love it and trusted the contractor to do the best possible. Choosing the exact slabs allows you to choose those most pleasing to you and that will match up at any seams. They could just be part of the natural pattern of the stone. And really for relatively short jobs like a countertop installation, it is best to be present when the work is done. I almost want to get the whole thing replaced but that would be costly. Thus, it will have all kinds of variance in pattern and color. We’ve been told from the installers that because there are so many colors in this granite, what we are seeing is the “veins” of different colors at the surface. Some with tighter patterns or fewer colors won’t appear as blotchy or at least it will seam more uniform. What they can’t seem to get their mind around or accept is that the entire slab including all it’s minerals, performance characteristics (absorbency, acid-sensitivity, maintenance and repair capabilities) is “unique” as well. But even quartz countertops have performance and maintenance differences between different colors, etc. But in general, all granite countertop slabs come from the stone warehouse already polished to it’s full shine. Granite is quarried in big blocks, cut into slabs and then finished at the factory on big machines that use intense friction to smooth the raw granite surface into a mirror-like finish. As noted , some stones do take a polish better than other stones and sometimes you can get a poor grade or “bad” slab. Fabricators should clean the granite counter top prior to sealing, but granite sealers penetrate into the stone and do not form a “film” or “coat” so even if there was debris left on the surface it could be cleaned off after sealing and wouldn’t be the cause of what you are seeing. Sometimes there is good reason to complain about the look or finish on a slab, but it’s pretty rare and usually involves a bad slab. When you look at it from an angle, the finish looks like it has a polished and matte finish, with the matte looking finish looks almost like swirls. The fabricator said it was the fault of my contractor and said the cabinets were uneven. This worked a little but overall my countertop looks dirty, scratched and stained. If not sealed completely or properly then it’s not surprising you have stains. For most varieties this is not a problem, but for some colors it can pit a lot. Really, without seeing it in person it is hard to make an assessment. The granite in the bathroom and by the two counters next to the stove aren’t pretty but the island is very distracting. There’s no reason you should be dissatisfied with your kitchen granite especially when you have examples of the same granite color in your home and your neighbor’s home that are obviously of better quality. These are not small areas, they are a good size areas (like the size of a fingertip). We are at the mercy of the contractors the builder uses. I understand small spots, but one part looks like a 3 inch long burned spot and the other looks like a 4″ by 4″ rust stain. Now it could be that the spots are a natural part of the stone. So, you need to figure out exactly what the spots are first. If the stains are recent and not too deep, then the above product is effective. I informed the builders to do something about it and they said it’s the naturally occurring color in the granite. If indeed it is a natural part of the granite itself (which it could be), then no. I cannot believe that the place where we got it didn’t explain that the slab we were looking at is what we are getting. I called the owner and he said they get it polished from manufacturers. This is 100% normal and what any granite or stone with movement in the pattern looks like. Just as noted in the above article, the minerals are of different color and composition and reflect light differently, which is apparent only at certain angles. If not uniformly smooth, then the blotchiness could be an issue with the surface finish. Showroom samples are “representative” of the particular color or variety of stone, but the color and pattern of most varieties can vary from a little to a lot. If you had picked out the exact slabs you would have noticed any undesireable spots, pattern, color or mismatched slabs. You may not like them, but they may not be abnormal. I never worried about water stains, the blotchy appearance, etc. My current granite just has a few larger spots than others and looks pretty uniform. Has anyone else had the same and how did you deal with this? Certainly you may not like the look of the vein or other aspects, but nothing is wrong with you granite countertop in this regard. I gather that you did not pick out this exact slab or surely you would have objected to the vein at that time.

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Learn more about maintenance, care, and installation, and answers to frequently asked questions. Stone” refers to a number of products quarried from the earth, used over many thousands of years as building materials and decorative enhancements. For residential construction, wood and brick have been the traditional choice. Stone is the real thing that the artificial products try to emulate. Its incredible strength and density makes granite the perfect choice for massive structural work – walls, monuments and supports. Granite products are ideal for flooring, countertops, vanities and decorative exterior applications. Quartzite is widely used for wall veneers and decorative tiles. When used for interior applications, travertine is often filled with cement, grout or resin and sealed to create a smooth, stain-resistant surface. It is used extensively for architectural columns, moldings, and for pavement tiles. While damaged ceramic tiles usually need replacing, natural stone usually needs minimal restoration if stained or scratched. The sizes in ceramics are restricted and patterns are very uniform and geometric. Countertops in kitchens and bar areas are often exposed to acidic substances such as lemon, vinegar, alcohol, and tomato sauce. The family or living room in a home is a place for peace and relaxation, and the soft, muted tones and textures of limestone or travertine are the perfect touch. Why is marble preferred for bathrooms and fireplaces? It’s also relatively low priced, which makes it a great choice for large, informal areas. Natural stones are quarried directly from the earth’s crust, and every piece is unique. Some sources are better than others due to the stones’ appearance, hardness, and other qualities. What is the quality difference in stone from different countries? Natural stone qualities and characteristics differ due to geological formations, not geographical boundaries. Some types of stone are better suited for interior applications than exterior because they cannot withstand harsh weather extremes and may crack, crumble, or fade. Some multicolored slates bleed color upon contact with water. Granite tiles and slabs for commercial and residential applications do not emit harmful radiation. Stones that are harder and denser are more difficult and expensive to quarry and process. However, handling and transportation cost does drop slightly for a larger quantity. This finish cannot be created, but occurs naturally as the layers of slate are quarried. Ungauged stone is hand-cleft and its thickness may vary up to 5/8 of an inch. It is advised that marble bullnose tiles be fabricated by a professional using a grinder and bugging pad. Also, highly clefted, uneven surfaces may cause a tripping hazard when used for flooring. Clefted material should not be used for tabletops, because it would present an uneven surface. Polished flooring may be used in a commercial application if the floor is unlikely to become wet and slippery. Travertine is characterized by the presence of many tiny holes, caused by trapped gas bubbles during its formation. Slate with a heavily cleft finish may create a tripping hazard. A pallet of slate may contain a few pieces with heavy clefting, but these are generally not used for the flooring installation. Polished stone surfaces may become slippery when wet, and tend to lose their shine in a short time due to weathering. The thermal, or flamed finish is achieved by subjecting the stone to the high-temperature flame of a torch. Only granite is tough enough to withstand this treatment, and the piece must be fairly thick or it may crack or break under heat and pressure. When mixing different size tumbled pieces, the look may vary. Tumbled stone pieces are intended to produce a rustic, old- world look. Some pieces may have large chips on the edges or may have a corner missing. A professional, experienced installer should be chosen to create this look. Because stone is a natural product, there is always some variation within a selection. This will help to create a visually pleasing distribution of stone variation. When stone is installed on a concrete slab at ground level, ensure that a proper moisture barrier is in place prior to installation. Natural stone products differ in composition, color, and texture even among pieces from the same source. Though it is the hardest of structural stones, the amazing variety of mineral-rich colors and natural patterns gives it ornamental value as well. Often seen as a symbol of luxury, modern technology brings beautiful marble products even to budget-conscious homeowners. Durable and stain-resistant, slate products are often used for flooring, cladding and landscaping. A naturally non-skid texture makes it a perfect candidate for flooring indoors and out, including areas with heavy traffic and exposure to the elements. As with other types of rock, its variations result from differing mineral composition – there’s a sandstone product to match any décor. Its patterns and veining effects were formed by hot spring water percolating through underground limestone. How do natural stone tiles differ from ceramic tiles? Most man-made materials cannot compare in durability to natural ones. Why is granite preferred for kitchen/bar countertops? Knives, dishes, pots and pans, and other implements may cause scratching of lesser materials. Why are limestones and travertines preferred for family or living rooms? Homeowners often enjoy bathrooms with bold colors and smooth, flowing patterns. Slate is naturally slip resistant, even when wet, and is much less likely to show dust and dirt than polished granite or marble. The only processing they need is shaping into various forms, sizes and finishes. Since natural stone has been used as a building material for thousands of years in many locations overseas, those areas have a long-established system for quarrying and processing these stones which is efficient and economical. Natural stone from different areas contains a varying mix of mineral deposits and rock formations. Why can some stones not be used for exterior applications? Also, stones with naturally slip-resistant surfaces are better for outdoor walkways or patios than those with smooth, polished surfaces. Do granite slabs or granite tiles emit harmful radiation? Quarrying methods vary as well; stones may be quarried below ground, which is more expensive than above ground. Larger sizes also tend to have a higher amount of waste compared to the part that is used, which makes them more expensive. The availability of a particular stone is the most important factor in determining price. The best way to reduce cost is to find a stone dealer who is running a special on a particular product. One side (back side) can be gauged to facilitate ease of “thin set” installation. This is best for low maintenance, high traffic applications. It has a flat back and uneven front surface, and creates the uneven look of protruding bricks. When it is cleft by machine or saw, it is gauged because a uniform thickness is formed. Bullnose marble tiles are rounded tiles used for corners and edges. Why are some finishes preferred for a particular application? Highly polished surfaces should only be used for interior floors. Is a polished floor recommended for a commercial application? Most slates are lightly clefted and suitable for flooring in kitchens, bathrooms and on patios. This is a popular finish for commercial wall and flooring applications. Tumbling stones in a solution of sand, water and mild acid creates an old world, weathered look. Therefore, they are not created with precision and may vary slightly in size. Care must be taken to ensure an even surface when installing tumbled stone flooring. Creating an installation without visible grout joints is difficult, but if the surface of the floor is straight and the tiles are perfectly cut, very little grout should be seen. Open all boxes and mix up all of the pieces before installation. A good installer knows that green marble and some other stones require water-free epoxy thin-set.

How To Fix and Repair Cloudy Oxidized Car Headlights DIY by

A vehicle headlamp restoration is a simple project everyone can do themselves. This may take 10 minutes to get the headlight smooth and remove the surface pitting. This should be fairly simple for anyone as usually there are 3 bolts or screws holding the headlight in place. You will know when you are done wet sanding as the surface will be smooth and the pitting is gone. This is common with all cars and most people do nothing about it or simply don’t know how. We would recommend doing this yourself as you will save money and see better driving at night. There are shops around town that will repair, restore and fix this for you but why pay them when you can do this yourself? Get a small bucket filled with water, get the sandpaper wet and evenly sand the headlight lightly until smooth. If you know how to do this sort of thing without instruction then simply look behind the headlight for the attach bolts. Use a low setting on your buffer when applying the buffing compound. Then apply the waxing compound to the lens and wax it as many times as needed. Always apply even and balanced pressure when applying polishing compounds to the lens.


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