NATURAL STONE BY THE INFINITY BY BHANDARI MARBLE GROUP
PROCESS OF NATURAL STONE
The journey that the various forms of natural stone taken from the depths of the earth and into the construction of homes, commercial buildings, and roads is a fascinating one. Let us dive in and explore the origins of natural stone and how it’s made.
FROM WHERE WE GET NATURAL STONE
Natural stone can be categorized in three ways: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic.
Igneous rocks are the result of magma or lava solidifying and cooling, either beneath the earth’s surface or ejected from volcanoes and left to cool above-ground.
EXTRACTION OF NATURAL STONE
After nature takes care of the first step in actually forming the stone, the next step of removing and re-purposing the stone for use is done by human hands at stone quarries all over the world.
The process of quarrying stone is extensive and requires powerful machinery along with skilled quarry workers. Before the stone can even be touched, there is a long list of actions that need to take place.
Firstly, a team of geologists must find stone outcrops at a quarry that can be examined. Next, a sample of the stone is taken by drilling into the rock with diamond-tipped drill bits. The sample is then analyzed to discover if it has the desired characteristics to be used as a building material.
FROM BLOCK TO SLABS WHOLE PROCESS
At the processing facility, the stone blocks are then cut into slabs by high-speed gang saws that also release water while cutting to reduce the emission of dust. Despite the speed at which they operate, the gang saws typically take around two days to finish cutting a 20-ton block of stone.
Next, the slabs are sent through a polishing machine to give the desired finish. Polished is the most common finish with honed, leathered, and brushed being other options that provide different degrees of texture on the surface of the stone.
Now that the slabs are cut to the correct size and have the desired finish, the final stage in a natural stone’s journey into your home takes place at the fabricator’s facility. Here, the stone slabs are further cut to specification for each individual project which includes shaping of the edges into the detail required for installation.
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