Tour of Paver Patio Patterns

Patio Paver Pattern Examples
When working with pavers, there are numerous ways the individual units (blocks, bricks, tiles, stones, etc.) are arranged in a project. When putting together a patio for example, how you arrange the pavers with affect the appearance of the patio. In this article, we are going to take you on a tour of patterns for constructing paver patios. We won’t cover every pattern out there, but we will cover the basic ones thoroughly. Let’s get right into our tour of paver patio patterns.

Stack Bond

Stack Bond Pattern Rectangle Example
The stack bond paver patio pattern used in making paver patios is a very simple pattern. As the name implies, the pattern is formed by simply lining each of the pavers up corner to corner. In other words, simply line the pavers up in a grid-like pattern with each paver lined up exactly with the one beside it and above it. The stack bond pattern can be achieved using any group of pavers as long as they are all the same dimensions.

½ Running Bond

Half Running Bond Paver Patio Pattern
A ½ running bond pattern (also referred to simply as a running bond) is accomplished by staggering each row by half the with of the block. So if your pavers are being laid so that they are 9″ wide, you would start the first paver of the second row 4.5″ from the edge of the first block in the first row. The third row is positioned to line up exactly with the first row of pavers. This is also referred to by the term “running bond” or “runner bond” without the ½ specifying the offset.

⅓ Running Bond

One Third Running Bond
As far as simple patio paver patterns go, running bonds are straightforward to arrange. The ⅓ running bond is made by running each row of pavers such that the current row is offset by one third of the size of the paver. For example, a paver that measures 3″ x 9″ would have an offset of 3 inches (9 divided by 3) each time a new row was started. So, the fourth row would line up exactly with the the first row. The seventh row would line up evenly with the fourth and first rows, etc.

Muster K (I Pattern)

I Pattern (Muster K) Paver Patio Pattern
The Muster K (also called the I Pattern) is executed by using stones of two dimensions. One of the pavers is square. The short side of the other paver is equal to the measurement of the square paver while its long side is 1.5 times that. For example, if the square paver measures 6″ then the the other paver would measure 6″ x 9″. Sticking with those sample dimensions, the proportion of pavers needed to correctly construct the Muster K pattern is as follows:

  • 6″ x 6″ Pavers (25-30%)
  • 6″ x 9″ Pavers (60-70%)

Three Stone I Paver Patio Pattern

3 Stone I Pattern Paver Patio Pattern Example

Next up in the tour of patio paver patterns is the three stone I pattern. This pattern is arranged using stones of three different dimensions. The stones are arranged in such a way that they form multiple capital letter I shapes. The I shapes can be seen both vertically and horizontally. The ratio of stone sizes needed to construct the three stone I pattern is as follows:

  • 6″ x 9″ Large Rectangle (37%)
  • 6″ x 6″ Square (27%)
  • 5″ x 6″ Small Rectangle (36%)

This pattern takes a bit extra work since the edge pieces will need to be cut. But the pattern is very appealing.

Diamond (45° Stack Bond)

Diamond Pattern (45 Degree Stack Bond)
The diamond pattern is a paver patio pattern that we have already mentioned, only with a couple of “twists”. The pattern is basically the stack bond pattern mentioned above. However instead of using using rectangle-shaped pavers and lining them up in horizontal rows, you use square pavers and rotate the work 45°. This creates a pattern that looks like diamond shapes. This pattern can be constructed using any size paver as long as it is square.

Basket Weave

Standard Basket Weave Paver Patio Pattern 2:2
The basket weave paver pattern looks just as the name implies; like the the texture of a woven basket. There are a number of variations that can be achieved when it comes to this pattern. The standard basket weave pattern is accomplished by using pavers that are all the same dimension and whose length is double their width. For example using 3″ x 6″ pavers would allow for a standard basket weave. The pattern is formed by laying two pavers with the long side running toward and away from you then the next two left to right one on top of the other. Then the next two get placed in the same manner as the first. Each time a new row that gets started, the orientation gets reversed. As mentioned though, there are several ways to get a basket weave pattern.

1:2 Basket Weave

One by Two Basket Weave Pattern
The basket weave pattern doesn’t have to be laid exactly like the pattern mentioned in the standard 2 to 2 alternating pattern. The 1:2 basket weave uses pavers that are twice as long as they are wide like the standard pattern. But instead of orienting two pavers in each direction, one position only gets one paver and the other position gets two.

1:3 Basket Weave

1:3 Basket Weave Paver Pattern
The one to three basket weave pattern looks like a woven basket just as a standard basket weave does. But it is constructed using a different size of paver and the pattern is a little different. First, the pavers must be 3 times the length of their width. Additionally, the pavers are placed with one stone set oriented with the long side going toward and away and then three stones oriented in the left to right one on top of the other. This sequence is repeated and each row alternates. There is the need to cut some pavers for the edges in order to keep the pavers lined up properly. If you are going to be cutting pavers, you will want to be sure you have a diamond blade for cutting stone pavers.

2:3 Basket Weave

Basket Weave 2:3 Patio Paver Pattern
The 2:3 basket weave paver patio pattern is achieved by using pavers that have a length of 3 times their width. In this case, the pavers are laid with two pavers side-by-side and then directly adjacent to those are three pavers stacked one on top of the other. The pattern is repeated for each row. When a new row is started, the paver groups (the two side-by-side pavers and the three stacked pavers) switch places. Thus, producing the woven look.

3:3 Basket Weave

Patio Paver 3:3 Basket Weaver Pattern
When laying out a 3:3 basket weave paver pattern, you use pavers that are three times as long as they are wide. The pattern is created by placing the pavers in groups of three. The first group are laid either vertically or horizontally and then the next group is placed in the opposite orientation. The groups’ orientations alternate to create a pattern that mimics a woven basket just as the name implies.

1:4 Basket Weave

Patio Paver Pattern 1:4 Basket Weave
The one to four basket weave pattern looks like a woven basket just as a standard basket weave does. But it is constructed using a different size of paver and the pattern is a little different. First, the pavers must be 4 times the length of their width. Additionally, the pavers are placed oriented with the long side going toward and away and then three stones oriented in the left to right direction one on top of the other. This sequence is repeated and each row alternates. There is the need to cut some pavers for the edges in order to keep the pavers lined up properly.

2:4 Basket Weave

Paver Patio Pattern Basket Weave 2:4
The 2:4 basket weave pattern is achieved by using pavers that have a length of 4 times their width. In this case, the pavers are laid with two pavers side-by-side and then directly adjacent to those are three pavers stacked one on top of the other. The pattern is repeated for each row. When a new row is started, the paver groups (the two side-by-side pavers and the three stacked pavers) switch places. Thus, producing the woven look of which the name is indicative.

3:4 Basket Weave

Basket Weave 3:4 Patio Paver Example

As with all the other basket weave variations, the 3:4 pattern reflects that number of pavers in each of the two groups used to create the look of a woven basket. In the one group, there are 3 pavers placed together with the long sides touching. We’ll refer to these as an A set. The other group is a group of four pavers arranged so that the long sides are next to each other. The groups oriented this way, we will label as B sets. The first row can be started with either an A set or a B set and the set may be placed so that the long lines run either direction toward-away or left-right. The next set is placed using the opposite set that was used just prior to it. So, if you started with a B set (which has four pavers in it), then you would use an A set (consisting of 3 pavers). This set gets oriented opposite the set to its left. This series is repeated alternating sets until the row is complete. Each new row begins with the set opposite the row below it.

4:4 Basket Weave

Basket Weave 4:4 Paver Patio Pattern Example

When laying out a 4:4 basket weave paver pattern, you use pavers that are four times as long as they are wide. The pattern is created by placing the pavers in groups of four. The first group of pavers are laid either vertically side-by-side or horizontally stacked one on top of another and then the next group is placed in the opposite orientation. The groups’ orientations alternate to create a pattern that mimics a woven basket just as the name implies. Once a row is finished, the new row begins using the same technique, only the orientation of the stones is switched.

Five Stone

5 Stone Paver Patio Pattern Example

The five stone pattern, as indicated by the name, uses five different stones and is a remarkable pattern that is not as complicated to arrange as it looks like it is. The pattern uses the following paver sizes:

  • 4″ x 4″ (Small Square Approximately 4%)
  • 4″ x 8″ (Small Rectangle Approximately 8%)
  • 8″ x 8″ (Medium Square Approximately 16%)
  • 8″ x 12″ (Medium Rectangle Approximately 32%)
  • 12″ x 12″ (Large Square Approximately 43%)

The easiest way to explain the layout is as follows. Begin with an 8″ x 12″ paver and place it in the upper left corner of the area to be paved. Just to its right place a 12″ x 12″ paver next to it. Then, use a 8″ x 8″ and place it directly below the 8″ x 12″ paver left aligning it with that stone above it. Next, place a 4″ x 4″ stone in the space between the 8″ x 8″ and the 12″ x 12″ pavers. Now take a 4″ x 8″ stone and place it in the remaining space located to the right of the 8″ x 8″ paver and directly below the 4″ x 4″ stone. This leaves you with about 8″ of the 12″ x 12″ left on the bottom and the full 12″ side exposed on the right. Starting just below the remaining part of the 12″ square paver, begin your next sequence and arrange the pavers the same way. As you reach the edges of the area you are paving, you will need to cut a few stones to fill some of the gaps on the edges. However, Your paver patio gaps will will often times be able to be filled using an existing stone from your supply.

Herringbone

Basic Herringbone Paver Patio Pattern Example

Herringbone patio paver patterns are ones that truly get noticed. These patterns can be completed using virtually any rectangle shaped paver. There are a couple of variations and we will mention them. The patterns vary in complexity but once you get into a rhythm placing the pavers it goes quickly.

Herringbone 90°

90 Degree Herringbone Paver Patio Pattern Example

The first variation of the herringbone pattern is the 90° variation. If the area being paved is a rectangle, using the 90° herringbone variation will reduce the number of cuts that will be required. Begin your pattern at a point where there is a 90 degree angle. If the is not one, you can place your first two pavers such that they create one for you from which to work. Place your first stone and your second stone so that they create an L-shape. Work your way out from that corner systematically. Creating courses of pavers that alternate (the pairs of pavers will look like nested L’s). Repeat the pattern until the area is completely filled with pavers.

Herringbone 45°

45 Degree Herringbone Paver Patio Pattern Example

The other variation of the herringbone pattern that we will look at is the 45° variant. It works exactly like the previous one except for the pattern is rotated 45°. This version of the pattern requires considerably more cutting. This is because when you get to the edges of the area being paved, you will be left with a triangular shape that will need to be filled. Unlike the 90° version, you are not meeting a straight edge with another straight edge. Rather, you will be meeting the straight edge of the boundary with the pointed corner of a paver. This means you will need to cut the block to make it fit the space.

1:1 Herringbone

1:1 Herringbone Patio Paver Pattern

In addition to the angle at which the herringbone pattern can be arranged, the paver orientation ratio can also be varied. One to one makes use of one paver laid in one direction for each paver that is laid in the other direction. however there are other variants as well.

1:2 Herringbone

1:2 Herringbone Patio Paver Pattern

The herringbone paver pattern may be arranged in a 1:2 orientation ratio where for each paver laid in one direction, there are two pavers laid perpendicular to it creating a little different look. The process is the same except that for the pavers going in one direction, you place two instead of one.

2:2 Herringbone

2:2 Herringbone Paver Patio Pattern Example

Just as the herringbone pattern may be laid out using a one to one ratio of any rectangular paver, it may also be arranged using two rectangular pavers side-by-side if the pavers make a rectangle shape after they are placed next to each other. Again, the pattern is achieved using the same process, it just gets created by doubling up the pavers in each direction.

As we have seen in out tour of paver patio patterns, there are many that can be used to create a paver patio, walkway, driveway, or other surface. We did not cover all of them in this post, but we made every effort to give you enough examples to demonstrate just how many there are. Additionally, we stayed with “patterns” and did not even journey into the “random” layouts that could also be utilized. No matter what layout or pattern you decide to make use of, knowing which options are available will be beneficial to you.

Natural Limestone

About Natural Limestone

In the realm of architecture natural stone is featured in a variety of projects and in a variety of ways. This natural stone offers a number of significant benefits and its properties make it the choice for some very specific surfaces. In this post we will look at natural limestone. We will not only discuss what it is and how it is formed, but we will also look at what needs to be considered when working with it. Additionally, we will consider how to care for and maintain limestone surfaces.

What is Limestone

Limestone is a sedimentary rock consisting of at least 50% calcite or calcium carbonate content. However, a large portion of commercial limestone contains much more than 50% calcium carbonate. Most limestone is made up of organic material such as that found found in fossils and even bone fragments. Because of the variety of limestone types, it is not uncommon to see a descriptive term used in conjunction with the worked limestone to describe the stone more fully. Some examples of limestone names with descriptors include:

  • Conglomeratic Limestone
  • Muddy Limestone
  • Pebbly Limestone
  • Sandy Limestone
  • Shaly Limestone
  • Silty Limestone

Colors of Limestone and Veining

Natural limestone is often times very light (close to if not white) in color with various shades of other (darker) colors accenting the main color. These color variations are caused by a range of substances that are included in small quantities during the formation of the rock. One of the “impurities” affecting the color of limestone is Iron Oxide, which can produce the following colors:

  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Brown
  • Red

In addition to Iron Oxide, there are also substances of bituminous origin that produce the following colors:

  • Gray
  • Blue-gray
  • Black

Limestone has been around for a number of years and can be been featured in a variety of architectural and construction projects.

Finishes

Not much to say here, except that limestone is finished in a variety of ways. Some of these include:

  • Abrasive
  • Antiqued
  • Bush-hammered
  • Flamed
  • Honed
  • Plucked
  • Polished
  • Sawn
  • Smooth
  • Tumbled

A brief note though on finishes. Some finishes (e.g. thermal and tooled) can impact the strength and/or durability of the stone.

Limestone Flooring

One of the favorable uses for natural limestone is flooring. Natural limestone floors are impressive, pleasing to the eye and durable. When used in the proper environment, natural limestone lasts a lifetime. Professionals use this resilient natural stone not only for flooring, but also for facades, cladding and staircases.

Working With Limestone

Limestone is a relatively “soft” stone; registering between 3 and 4 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Because of its properties, limestone has some specific requirements that fabricators should know when working with it. First, the high calcite content of limestone means it can be damaged through content with acidic liquids. Acid dissolves calcium carbonate and therefore should not be used on limestone.

Second, because limestone is soft, it is recommended that an appropriate diamond blade be used to cut limestone. Using the wrong blade can cause the blade to get clogged with material suring cutting. Using a marble blade for cutting limestone is generally a good option.

Limestone Care and Maintenance

Like any natural stone, limestone is porous. As a result, it absorbs liquid substances. Therefore it is necessary to seal it so as to slow the absorption. Colored liquids that get into the pores of limestone can cause staining; requiring a stain remover to clean up the surface.

In addition to staining, limestone surfaces can become “etched”. Etching is the deterioration of the calcite in the stone by acidic liquids. Restorers remove etching with an etch remover on the surface of the stone.

In conclusion, limestone is a very practical natural stone that has been used in a variety of applications and is available in various colors (although most limestone is white gray and beige in color) and works well for projects that need to be able to last.

Granite vs. Quartz

Comparing Granite and Quartz

Each is an option for various surfaces in homes and businesses. Both materials offer stunning looks in a variety of colors and popular visual textures. Furthermore, both of these surface choices are used in a number of projects and have a very strong customer base. Yet, the two materials are very different in many respects. In this granite vs. quartz post, we will explore some of the similarities and differences as we compare natural granite with engineered quartz.

Foundation for Granite vs. Quartz Comparison

Before we begin the granite vs. quartz comparison, it is good to clarify what we mean by some of the terminology that we will use throughout the rest of the post. This is necessary because both of the terms “granite” and “quartz” are used to describe various products. However, in this post we will be referencing very specific materials.

Natural Granite

In the world of marketing, words are often times used to describe an objects appearance. Additionally, particular products are given names or model descriptors as “labels”. These labels may or may not be representative of the actual material of which the product is made. Such is the case with the term “granite”. It is sometimes used to label household items that have a very durable appearance or resemble natural granite. However, for the purpose of our discussion, we will be using the term to refer to a very specific material.

In this post, the term granite will be used to describe natural granite; the igneous rock that is carved from the Earth and cut into slabs which are then processed for use as surfaces in design projects. These slabs are often times made into countertops, table tops, and worktops.

Engineered Quartz

Like the terminology we mentioned above regarding granite, the word “quartz” is also used to describe a range of materials. Quartz is the name of a natural mineral. Because people are aware of this, when they see a slab of material that is referred to as “quartz” they may conclude that it is a slab of quartz that was cut. Again, marketing terms are used to convey various kinds of thoughts. In the case of countertops, the term is used because the material contains a relatively high amount of the mineral. However, there is more to engineered quartz than just quartz.

Engineered quartz countertops are just the phrase implies, they are engineered. Engineered quartz is a combination of a binding agent (often times, resins), ground up quartz, and coloring pigments. The mixture is formed into a slab and processed for use as a countertop surface or perhaps tiles or panels.

Now the stage is set for our comparison between natural granite and engineered quartz. As we mentioned at the outset, these materials share some characteristics. Yet they are also different in some ways.

Similarities Between Engineered Quartz & Natural Granite

To start off our granite vs. quartz discussion, we will look at some properties that are common to both granite and quartz. Some of these traits we have already mentioned briefly in the introduction to this post. But let’s look a bit closer at how granite compares to quartz in hardness, color selection, design compatibility.

Comparing Hardness

Engineered quartz and natural granite are both hard materials. In fact, many of the fabrication tools, including the diamond blades on this website are described as being blades for cutting quartz and granite.

Natural granite ranges in hardness from 5.5 to around 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. By the same token, engineered quartz weighs in at about the same. That means these materials are both very hard materials. Just to give some context, natural marble and limestone measures about 3 or 4 on the same scale.

So if you are wondering which material is harder, they are pretty much the same. However hardness is not the only factor to consider when it comes to durability, as we will discuss later. For now though, granite and quartz are pretty equal as far as hardness goes.

Common Color Choices

If a material is durable and available, but only comes in one or two colors, it can really limit its uses. And there are some natural materials that seem to only come in a handful of colors. However, natural granite is not one of them. Natural granite slabs can be found in practically any color needed. And even though granite is formed through a natural process, it is very diverse and thus can be matched with various other colors.

Engineered quartz too is available in a plethora of color options. Since it is an engineered product in which pigments are used, the possibilities of color options are very broad.

Even though quartz slabs are not formed in nature, that does not mean that they are limited to solid colors without visual texture. In fact, many quartz manufacturers produce slabs that look very much like natural stone but without some of the drawbacks as we will see later on in the discussion.

Similar In Design Compatibility

The last area of similarity that we will consider in our comparison of granite and quartz is how well they work with various design styles. This is an important aspect to consider when selecting a surface material because often times the focal point of a design is made in whole or in part from one of these materials.

How Quartz and Granite Differ

Even though these materials share important features, they are by no means the same. They have properties that distinguish them not only from one another, but also from other materials as well. As we mentioned earlier, the hardness of a material is just one factor to consider when examining the durability of a surface. Other aspects come into play as well. namely, Stain resistance, heat resistance, and care and maintenance.

Stain Resistance

One of the areas that people are interested in when considering a material for a countertop surface is its stain resistance. Engineered quartz is a non-porous material. Because of this, it does not absorb liquids. The result? Liquids remain on the surface of the material where they can be treated. That does not mean that engineered quartz is stain proof, it simply means that the stains stay on the surface.

“Stains” occur in a number of ways. For example, a liquid could be spilled on the surface of the stone, the water could evaporate from the liquid and leave behind the other components of the substance. Depending on what that residue is, it can be very difficult clean up. For instance, plain old tap water for example, often times contains minerals such as lime or calcium. If water is left to dry on a quartz surface, it can leave lime scale after the water evaporates. These “stains” can be challenging to clean up without the proper cleaners for removing lime scale from quartz.

Natural Stone’s Porosity

Conversely, all natural stone is porous to one degree or another. That includes natural granite. Porous stone becomes stained in a different way than quartz does. In the case of natural granite and other porous materials, water and oil based liquids are absorbed by the material and when the water leaves, the residue is left in the pores of the stone. These kinds of stains also can be a challenge to remove if you do not have the correct cleaning product.

For natural stone, one commonly recommended method for combating oil based and water based stains on natural stone is to periodically treat the surface with an impregnating sealer. Sealers cause liquids to stay on the surface of a treated stone longer than they do on non-sealed materials. This allows more time for cleaning up spills. Impregnating sealers are most effective though when used in conjunction with a pH neutral cleaner. Using the wrong cleaner breaks down the sealer and nullifies the benefits that come from sealing the stone.

Heat Resistance

Heat resistance is another area in which engineered quartz and natural granite differ. Granite surfaces are naturally heat resistant. After all, the material is formed under intense heat in the first place. That is not to say that exposing natural granite to a tremendous heat source will not do anything. Some granite slabs have treatments applied to them (as previously mentioned) that can be affected by heat. Yet the granite is very resilient and can take just about any normal household heat that it experiences. As mentioned though, surface treatments are not as resilient as the stone itself, so maintenance is key in keeping granite looking its best.

On the other hand, quartz is composed of various materials; one of which is a binding agent commonly made from resins. Resins are not as heat resistant as natural stone. That being said, quartz surfaces do have benefits that make using a trivet or a hot pad a small matter for many.

Care & Maintenance

The last area in which granite and quartz differ in comparison is the care and maintenance. The direction may vary from one brand to another but along the way you will most likely find some very similar instruction. Although we have already touched on some of this information earlier in our granite vs. quartz post, we will restate it again here. Let’s first look at granite.

Being a natural stone, granite is porous and will need to be sealed to slow the rate of absorption. Additionally, using a pH neutral cleaner for everyday clean up will ensure that the sealer remains in tact for as long as possible. And if a stain does occur, using the proper stain remover can be beneficial.

Quartz surfaces do not require sealers. However, there are some important things to note. For example, many quartz care and maintenance manuals specifically state that all water should be dried from the surface. As mentioned previously, mineral deposits can discolor engineered quartz. Use a lime scale remover to treat those surface stains.

Although, not all quartz requires pH neutral cleaner for everyday cleaning, it doesn’t hurt. Acidic cleaners are okay to use on many quartz surfaces as long as it is the correct type of acidic cleaner. However, steer clear from cleaners that are alkaline. These kinds of cleaners are detrimental to say the least.

So there it is! A comparison of natural granite and engineered quartz. As we mentioned, there are a number of similarities between the two materials. Yet there are differences as well. No matter which material you are working with or treating, knowing a bit about what it requires will help you as you work with either of these surface materials.

Increase Blade Performance

Increase Diamond Blade Performance

How to Increase Diamond Blade Performance

Compared to your run of the mill saw blades, diamond blades are costly; or so it seems. Just looking at the price tags of various blades you can see that a diamond blade is going to cost you more up front. And if you choose a blade that is on the higher end of the quality spectrum, you will pay even more. So, what kinds of practices can you adopt to increase diamond blade performance and make them last longer? Are there any maintenance tips that blade owners should be aware of? how can you get the most out of your diamond blades? We will consider those topics in this article.

Proper Practices Extend Blade Life

One of the biggest differences you can make to extend the life of your diamond blade is to adopt proper cutting practices that contribute to a longer blade life and use the correct type of blade for the material. Some of these practices will need to be performed every time you use the blade and others will be necessary only periodically. The idea is that you should be aware of the fact that you ability to increase diamond blade performance is directly related to using it in the proper manner. Knowing this will motivate you to follow the blade manufacturer’s guidelines.

Common Problems That Arise

There are a number of issues that come up during the cutting of a slab. Here is list of some of the most common problems faced by fabricators. This is not a complete list of issues, but it gives you a good idea of some of the problems that can arise simply from cutting improperly.

  • Blade Discolors Or Burns
  • Wobbly Blade
  • Cutting Is Very Slow
  • The Blade Walks When Cutting
  • Segments Fall Off
  • Blade Overheats
  • Arbor is Out-of-Round
  • Shortened Segment Life
  • Cracking of Core
  • Blade Is Out-of-Round
  • Segments Do not Wear Evenly
  • Blade Doesn’t Cut the Material
  • Loss of Tension

Each of those issues is a result of one or more blade usage techniques not being followed.

Performance Factors

When using a diamond blade there are several facets of the project that can impact the performance of the blade. Here are some of them:

  • Hardness of the Bond
  • Grit Size
  • Hardness of the Material
  • Quality of the Blade’s Diamonds
  • How Many Diamonds the Blade Has
  • Height of the Segments
  • Depth of Cut
  • RPM
  • Power of the Saw
  • Amount of Water
  • Water’s Flow Rate
  • Reinforcement

Now that we have enumerated some common problems and listed some of the factors that affect performance we are ready to consider some effective techniques for getting the most out of your diamond blades.

Making Your Diamond Blade Perform Better, Longer

As we have mentioned already, how you use the blade and the techniques you employ will make a difference not only in the life of the blade but also in the performance, some techniques to help are listed next.

Follow the Manufacturer’s Recommendations

Regardless of whether you are wet cutting or dry cutting, always follow the guidelines of the manufacturer on how to properly use your blade. The manufacturer of the blade most likely has performed extensive tests on the tool and has already found many of the optimal settings for the blades usage. If the blade is a wet blade, do not use it for dry cutting. If the blade is a wet/dry blade be sure to use the recommended specifications for the type of cutting you are performing with the blade.

Be Alert And Inspect Equipment Regularly

Make sure you are alert to any changes in the way the blade performs or looks. Regularly inspect the blade for any of the following signs that something is wrong:

  • Core Flatness
  • Segment Damage
  • Fatigue Cracks
  • Damage to Arbor Hole

By looking for anything in the blade’s appearance that could indicate an issue will give you the best opportunity to correct any issues you may find.

Proper Blade Installation & Machine Set Up

Before installing the blade, be sure to inspect it for potential problems. Make sure you use the correct blade for the material you are cutting. Also, run the blade using the proper specifications according to the saw and blade manufacturers’ guidelines.

Cutting Environment

While cutting be sure to allow the blade to cut and do not try to cut too quickly. Additionally, if you are wet cutting be sure you have the appropriate supply of water. Both the amount of water and the flow of the water matter. If the blade overheats it can cause a variety of problems including:

  • Core Cracks
  • Segment Loss
  • Overheated Blade
  • Uneven Segment Wear
  • Excessive Segment Wear

Use the Correct Blade for the Material

One of the easiest ways to increase the life of your diamond blades is to use them on the proper material. If the blade is a wet blade, use it in a wet cutting environment and only dry cut with blades that are made for dry cutting. Using the incorrect blade for a given material can result in a mismatch in the bond and the material. This mismatch can cause all sorts of issues, one of which is glazing. This happens when the blade’s bond is too hard for the material. This causes the diamonds to be underexposed and then the blade doesn’t cut until it has been dressed to open the diamonds back up.

In the end, there are a number of things that can be done to get the most benefit from your diamond blades. However, they all involve knowing what the correct protocol, equipment and procedure are and then working within that framework. When you use the correct equipment properly and make sure that your saw and blades are in good shape you are sure to get the longest life and best performance from your blades.

Why So Many Blades?

So Many Diamond Blades

Why Are There So Many Diamond Blades On the Market?

As you shop for diamond blades, you no doubt see that the selection is very large and diverse. A single online shop offers dozens, if not hundreds of different diamond blades. Why are ther so many diamond blades on the market these days? In this post, we will explore some of the reasons and look at examples.

A Long List of Variables

Going online and buying the first diamond blade you see is probably not something you do. After all, that would be a blind gamble that would not be supported by favorable odds. Yet, it can be very tempting to buy a diamond blade because the price is low. Yet that too is just as risky in many cases.

In reality, the price of a diamond blade is only one variable in a list of elements that can impact the performance of a given blade in a specific situation. There are many factors that affect a blade’s value. However, let’s consider a few of them specifically.

Wet or Dry Environment

Usage environment impacts which blades are used. Fabricators working in fabrication shops performing wet cutting have different requirements than do professionals in dry shops. Hence, different blades must be available for pros cutting in wet environments.

Materials Being Cut

Another factor that affects blade specifications is which materials are being cut. Fabricators that work with a large number of quartzite slabs will have to have a blade that is designed for cutting natural stone. On the other hand a fab shop that primarily works with porcelain surfaces will need to have different blades.

Even within a category of natural or man made materials there will be variations in blade requirements. For example, natural granite is a harder stone than marble is. Even though both materials are natural stone, a shop that work with a lot of granite will need to have diamond blades that are made to cut the harder stone. And there are other factors to consider as well, but you get the idea.

Production Rate

Sometimes the higher priced blade may not be the best option. For example, high volume fabrication shops might focus on the cost of cutting each linear foot of stone. So a diamond blade that is half the price of another blade that lasts 60-70% as long might be a better option. Since the cost of 2 blades yields 120-140% of cutting, a shop that has a high volume can save quite a bit just by using a blade that does not last as long as a higher priced blade. It’s all about the variables.

Price

The last factor that we are going to consider in our consideration of why there are so many blades on the market is the obvious one. You guessed it, pricing.

The price of diamond blades plays a role in the variety that are available too. As we mentioned, some very high volume shops make good use of lower priced blades. Yet, there are also smaller shops with lower budgets to which these lower priced blades appeal as well.

In the end there are a number of factors that will influence your choice of diamond blades. Each professional will need to take into consideration not only the environment and materials that will be processed and fabricated, but also the volume and budget that the production will survive on. Having these factors and others well in mind when purchasing diamond blades for natural and engineered stone fabrication is what drives the diverse selection of blades that are currently out there for purchase.

Incorporate Natural Stone

Incorporate Natural Stone Into Home

How to Incorporate Natural Stone Into Your Home’s Design

“Sure, natural stone is a nice feature. But how can I incorporate natural stone into my home’s design without breaking the budget?” It may be that you have asked yourself that very question a time or two. Or, you might be wondering how you could answer that question if you are a fabricator. In this article we will consider some simple ways that natural stone can be worked into and existing home without gutting the house and doing a TV show-like renovation project.

Why Natural Stone?

One of the biggest reasons for choosing natural stone in your home design is that it has the potential to increase the value of your home. This might not be new information to you. In fact, there are many articles online that effectively lay out the reasons why natural stone adds value to a home. We found one article by simply doing a search online for why natural stone increases your home’s value and found this article talking specifically about granite. However, the principle applies also to other stone types. But after learning this, some think that they cannot have natural stone surfaces because they cannot afford gut the house and replace it with all new materials. The good news is you don’t have to. Let’s look at some simple ways to incorporate natural stone into a home via small remodeling projects.

Bathroom Tiling

One project that can be small enough to fit most budgets is bathroom tile. Incorporating natural stone into a bathroom or bathrooms can be fairly straightforward. And you may be surprised at the amount of tile you find that is made from natural stone. There are a number natural stone tile types available.

The combination of a small room size paired with the diverse options means there is a pretty good chance that one could either perform this project oneself or hire someone to do the work on a modest budget.

Vanity Counterop

Another project that fits the criteria of being small enough to complete on a small budget is that of a bathroom vanity. Again, bathrooms are small and doing an install of a single vanity top can be a simple way to incorporate some natural stone into your home without having to go on a show like The Property Brothers to have the whole house remodeled.

One type of stone that some find is beneficial for bathroom vanities is marble. The elegant look and the delicate characteristics make this natural stone the choice for some. However, be sure you familiarize yourself with marble so that you can care for it properly. In fact it might be wise to research marble care and maintenance so you know what to expect.

Kitchen Back Splashes

There are other smaller sized projects available for incorporating natural stone into your home and increasing appeal. One such project is right in the hub of family activity; the kitchen. A natural stone back splash for the kitchen is not a large project and it could be completed in a one or two day window based on the experience of the installer and how long the workday is. But what kinds of natural stone materials are preferable for use as a back splash material?

Travertine tiles are one example of a natural stone material that can be turned into a beautiful kitchen back splash. Tiling patterns and ornamentation also can “step up” the appearance of the back splash.

Kitchen Countertops

If your looking to add something even more striking and your budget can take it, you may decide to take on something a bit bigger but more noticeable too. Kitchen countertops from natural stone are little bit larger in scope, cost, and time. however, the wow-factor is bigger too. Since the cost is higher, it might be beneficial to hire a professional to take on this project though since a mistake could be costly.

There are many natural stone materials that can be use for kitchen countertops including:

Again, it is always a course of wisdom to do your research on any natural or engineered stone that you are contemplating using. Doing so will ensure that you are not surprised by a characteristic or trait that you did not anticipate.

So there you have them. Some practical ways that you can incorporate value-boosting natural stone into your home without breaking the bank. You can choose one or more of these projects and transform your home or the home of your client if you are a fabricator or installer a little at a time.

Fabricating With Sintered Materials

Sintered Materials

Sintered Materials and Fabrication

Many fabriactors use a variety of materials. In your fabrication shop, you probably use more than one material to create just the right design for your customer. Sintered stone is one of the relatively new materials. You may or may not have heard of this material or used it in your shop. For readers that have not used it, we will take a look at sintered materials. Along the way, we will consider how the characteristics of this unique material and how they affect your decision regarding your blade choices.

The Sintering Process

Sintered stone is a material that is engineered by means of a process known as sintering. Various materials result form the sintering process; which has existed for many years. Engineers form materials into objects using powdered substances. The process of sintering is a technical one and is not the focus of this article so we won’t delve into the specifics here. Rather, we will briefly explain the basic idea as it applies the subject of this article.

Engineers transform raw materials (usually raw materials in powder form) into a new slabs by means of heat, pressure, and other forces. The resulting material varies depending on the raw material used in the sintering process. Because of this, there are different classes of stone that are produced using the sintering method. Some of these materials include:

  • Porcelain
  • DEKTON®
  • DuraLosa
  • Lapitec
  • Neolith

Some of the above materials are grouped in the sintered stone category while others form a new category of stone material. For example, DEKTON® classifies its surfaces as Ultra-compact surfaces. Even though this material is ultimately different, it shares characteristics with the other materials in the list above. Those properties are the ones we will look at now.

Properties of Sintered Stone & Porcelain

The properties of the various sintered materials are similar in some respects and they diverge in others. Let’s consider the similarities first. Sintering produces, as a general rule, materials that are smooth and non-porous. They are also vary hard and resist scratching and staining. This is because of the way the atoms in the raw material fuse together. Additionally, tremendous heat is present during the sintering process. So, the resulting materials are usually resistant to high temperatures.

There are differences though in the nature of sintered materials. Porcelain can be either glazed or unglazed. The glazed porcelain usually has the pattern applied only to the surface of the material. Sintered stones, on the other hand, are able to produce a slab (or sheet) that has the pattern running all the way through the material’s body. This means the coloring and texturing of the material is consistent all the way through the surface.

Cutting Sintered Materials

When it comes to cutting sintered materials – stone or otherwise – you must approach the task with the proper tools. Since sintered materials are so hard, specially designed blades usually perform the best. Blades that are designed for cutting porcelain and sintered stone are usually marked as being blades for cutting porcelain or sintered stone blades.

Besides using the proper blade to cut sintered materials, in some cases the way you cut the material is important too. For example, the DektonMastidek.com site on its “working with DEKTON®” page says:

To release the internal stress of the slab, be sure to trim at least 1.5cm (.6in) off each length of the slab. During the cut, reduce the feed rate to 30% while the cutting head is less than 200mm (7.87 inches) from either edge of the slab. While the cutting head is more than 200mm (7.87 inches) form either end of the sheet, the feed rate can be increased to 100%.

Selecting the Right Glue for Sintered Materials

Choosing the correct blades is not the only thing to keep in mind when you are working with sintered material surfaces. As mentioned above each type of sintered product has its own formula for producing its line of materials. The surfaces then are distinct in many aspects, including color. When selecting an adhesive to bond the material, you will need glues that color match the material you are using. Because of this, adhesive companies formulate products designed for specific brands. Let’s look at some sintered materials cartridge glues.

Porcelain Glue

Gluing porcelain surfaces is growing in popularity because of the production of more large format surfaces. Because a number of companies are making porcelain surfaces for various applications, there are many brand colors to keep track of. Adhesive companies have tools to assist fabricators in matching porcelain glue to a particular brand’s color palette. One such tool can be found on CartridgeGlue.com in the Glaxs area under the color matching tools section.

DEKTON® Glue

Just like the porcelain material growth seen in the fabrication industry, other sintered materials are becoming more and more prevalent. In fact, the industry see entirely new material categories formed regularly. For example, Cosentino produces a material called DEKTON® using a specific sintering process. Ultra-Compact surface exists as a new category because it is unique.

Because the colors of the DEKTON® surfaces are unique, the glue must be formulated to match the surface. Mixing your own colored glue is possible, however there exists an approved glue for DEKTON®. Getting the correct color of glue for this surface type is easy. Simply ask for the adhesive that has the same name as the surface you are trying to match.

Lapitec Adhesive

Lapitec is the first company in the world producing large size full body sintered stone slabs. Lapitec® surfaces have a distinct color palette like other sintered stone surfaces. Companies create glue for sintered materials to match this palette. Hence, like the other colors of materials in the industry of stone surfaces, Lapitec® glue can be obtained through the proper channels.

As the fabrication industry moves further into the future, many professionals fell that sintered materials will continue to grow in popularity. Regardless of whether you choose to go with porcelain, ultra-compact, or sintered stone surfaces, it helps to understand the differences and where you can get the proper tools and materials.

Diamond Blades for Dekton

Diamond Blades for Dekton

Best DEKTON® Diamond Blades

When it comes to cutting ultracompact surfaces, fabricators seek diamond tooling that designed specifically for cutting these types of surfaces. Even very dense materials like porcelain and ceramic can require special cutting equipment. It stand to reason then that DEKTON® would need a very tailored tool set. In this post, we are going to analyze some of the features of DEKTON® surfaces and consider some blades that have been specifically designed for use on this material that seems to be taking the stone industry by storm.

What is DEKTON®?

That question is among the top questions that people want to get an answer to when it comes to this new, high-end material. DEKTON® is a material produced by Cosentino (the same company that produces Silestone), but DEKTON® is different from Silestone. In fact, this material is different from virtually all other materials.

To see what DEKTON® is, why not go right to the source? Here is a quote from the Dekton website:

DEKTON is a sophisticated blend of the raw materials used to produce the very latest in glass and porcelain as well as the highest quality quartz work surfaces.

Using an exclusive process dubbed TSP, DEKTON® is produced. This technology accelerates the natural process that causes metamorphic change in materials to produce natural stone. The result is an extremely durable surface that is ultra-compact and which is known as DEKTON®. So that’s what DEKTON® is, now what do you cut it with?

Diamond Blades Made for Cutting DEKTON®

Since the material is so hard, it requires tools designed for working with it. When you look for tools approved for DEKTON® you will find a selection of blades that will work for cutting it and they will range in price. Let’s take a look at some blades though, that have been approved by Cosentino to cut DEKTON®

Tenax DEKTON® Bridge Saw Blade

One of the primary features you will be concerned with getting in a DEKTON® blade is an excellent quality rating. However, you also want a blade that offers a a high feed speed. This is because your production rate has a direct impact on your shop’s profitability. Additionally, there are other profit reducers like the ones mentioned in this article, but slow cut times can add up. The 14″ and 16″ DEKTON® Bridge Saw Blades from Tenax offer a high feed speed to go along with the quality.

Tenax DEKTON® Blade Specs

Here are the specifications for the these Tenax diamond bridge saw blades for DEKTON®:

Dekton® Thickness RPM ∅360 RPM ∅410 RPM ∅460 Feed Speed FT/Minute
8mm 2100-2400 1700-2100 1500-1800 48″-60″
12mm 2100-2400 1700-2100 1500-1800 40″-48″
20mm 2100-2400 1700-2100 1500-1800 24″-40″
30mm 2100-2400 1700-2100 1500-1800 16″-24″

In fact, the top rated blades in the list of bridge saw blades approved by Cosentino to use on DEKTON® include these.

Weha’s DEKTON® Blade

Perhaps best known for its White Lion Quartzite bridge saw blades, Weha also offers an array of DEKTON® bridge saw blades and other blades too. The bridge saw blades are available in the following sizes:

  • 14″ Dekton Blade
  • 16″ Dekton Blade
  • 18″ Dekton Blade

Weha focused on performance rather than price when designing these bridge saw blades. The website makes the following statement at the time of this post:

There are a wide variety of prices out there for Dekton Bridge Saw Blades. Weha set aside a price target. We didn’t build a blade with the idea of being the cheapest. Instead, we focused on quality, longevity, and the best cut that can be made on Dekton, Neolith, and other materials. Weha felt that focusing on creating the best cutting and longest lasting Dekton Blade was by far the most important job we needed to do for fabricators cutting these materials.

The website also goe on to say that these DEKTON® blades will yield 10%-20% more life than other blades you will find in about the same price range. So, these too, might be blades that you want to consider if you are looking for a good all around performing bridge saw blade for DEKTON®

Small DEKTON® Diamond Blades

Along with the bridge saw blades, fabrication professionals make use of good quality turbo blades geared toward cutting DEKTON® materials. And, as we mentioned before Weha offers many diamond blades. Furthermore, included in the selection are the smaller R-Mesh Turbo Blades for DEKTON® and other hard materials. These blades are available in the following sizes:

So whether you are in need of a bridge saw blade, or a smaller turbo blade, there are plenty of options out there from which to choose. There are also a variety of resources available to help you get information about fabricating Dekton. One such resource is the DEKTON® Mastidek website.

The main thing to keep in mind is that in order to excel at any craft, you need: 1) Good tooling, 2) Accurate knowledge, and 3) Great skills. All of these are available with a little bit of research and reading.

Stone Presence

Maintaining A Stone Industry Online Presence

Running a successful business in the stone fabrication industry takes a lot of work and attention from the owner of the business. And if the business is to gain significant ‘traction’ online, there is even more work involved. Some stone fabricators wonder what goes into maintaining a successful business presence online? There are a number aspects to managing an online presence of any kind. In this post, we will look at some things that stone professionals will need to keep in mind if they are thinking of running a website; particularly one that has a blog. This will help explain how to maintain a stone industry online presence.

A Stone Industry Website Takes Work

The first thing to know about maintaining a website that deals with products in the stone industry is that it will take work to keep it running and producing benefits. Before we get into the work that is needed let’s look at why an online presence can be a great way to promote your stone industry business.

A presence online can help you keep your brand in front of people that might one day become your customer. Although it is only one avenue for achieving this, it is an important method nonetheless. Other channels for keeping your branding in front of the eyes of the public include print, radio, and television advertising. However, these other methods of contact work along with your website to keep the interest of those to whom your company serves as customers. To that end, the work that you put into your ‘online presence’ will be sizable. This is something that stone professionals should know going into this endeavor. But what actually goes into managing an online presence? Let’s take a look.

Parts of Your Fabrication Online Presence

There are a number of parts to your online presence. Some of these parts include the following:

  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Blogging
  • Periodic Newsletter

These aspects of your stone industry online presence take a great deal of work and time to manage. As a result, you might want to consider hiring an Internet Manager to handle this aspect of your business’s marketing profile. If you do hire someone to care for this however, you should be aware of what they will need to do to effectively care for your online presence. Let’s delve into that now.

Managing A Stone Fabrication Online Presence

What actually goes into managing an online presence? Well, it takes a person that is tech savvy, somewhat knowledgeable about the industry, and somewhat creative. Although, the creativity need not be such that the individual is a graphic artist or interior decorator. It just helps to be able to think about things from a creative perspective as it relates to possibilities.

One aspect of managing an online profile (or presence) is caring for a website. This does not mean that your Internet Manager has to be a computer programmer or web designer, it just means that they need to be savvy in using a computer and websites. There are a number of pre-built platforms on which you can run your website. In fact, one popular one is WordPress. This software is so popular because it allows you as the owner to create your own website pages and upload images for those pages. However, you will need to be aware of how to manage WordPress in a secure manner. The benefits though are numerous; including the fact that this software allows you to have a blog built into your website. This is a key element of gaining traction online. But what are some of the things to look out for while running a WordPress site?

Stone Article Comments

Managing the Community

“Community? What do you mean community?”, You may be wondering. Well, WordPress allows for others to comment on your blog posts. One of the things that can become a challenge is figuring out what method you are going to use to moderate the comments that will come into your website. Additionally, some clever programmers write programs to post comments on websites that allow commenting. They do this in an attempt to promote their own business on your website. Even though commenting on a blog post is not a bad thing in and of itself, your Internet Manager will need to keep an eye on it so that commenters are actually real people and not robots masquerading as people.

Continuous New Unique Content

Another thing that you will need to make sure your Internet Manager is willing and able to do is come up with, write, and promote new and unique content. This takes a number of resources. First, the writer needs to understand the topic. Second, writing skills are necessary. Third, a creativity that allows the writer to come up with angles on the subject that will appeal to the readers (a.k.a. your audience). At first, you may need to educate your Internet Manager on the specifics of your aspect of the stone industry. However, after the initial challenge of understanding the role your business plays, your content author(s) can then begin thinking of new ways to communicate concepts to your audience.

Social Media’s Role

Another aspect of managing an online presence for stone fabrication businesses is creating & keeping up with social media accounts. Having the big three social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) is important to your stone business. Each of these social media channels can be used to accomplish slightly different goals. However, using all three of them effectively with your blog and website can yield some remarkable benefits when it comes to keeping your brand in front of people whom you wish to draw to your business. This again goes back to creativity in how you produce your content. Some other social media tools that could be used to promote your stone fabrication business is Pinterest. Again, creativity is imperative for success.

Maintaining A List of Stone Industry Customers

Another social aspect of keeping your business’s brand in front of potential customers is creating interesting articles for them to read by means of a newsletter. This can be challenging for some to do effectively. However, if your content writers are able to put themselves in the shoes of the audience you are trying to reach it is easier. Knowing what kinds of questions commonly get asked can give you hints about what they might be interested in reading about.

The key is to think about it from the perspective of the reader and pretend what you would want to see if you were in their position. What kinds of ads (if any) would you tolerate? What types of topics would you be open to reading about? Taking this into consideration can help you sort out what kinds of emails to send to your list and how often to send them.

Using Tools To Accomplish Your Goal

Your goal may vary as it relates to how you use your online tools. In the end you want to use the tools we have talked about to cultivate brand awareness. Using the tools together will help you accomplish this task. For example, the following use case might be one that you find effective for building brand awareness.

First, create good content that describes in detail the aspects of your business that are important to your potential customers. Answer common questions that you receive about stone fabrication, installing stone countertops, how to care for natural and engineered stone countertops. When you write your material, don’t just write it to make a sale. Write it in such a way that it will educate the reader on the reasons why things are the way they are. These pages will become your website’s core information. Always include a way for your site visitors to sign up for your newsletter and mailing list.

After you have built out your core website, begin to flesh out your blog by creating categories that have to do with the stone fabrication industry. It does not have to be only about stone. It can also be about design, appliances , and other industries related to your industry. Then regularly write articles and arrange them in those categories. By continuously adding new articles to your blog, you will accomplish a couple of things; one, you will gradually build authority on the subject of fabrication and two, you will be continually making your website relevant to more topics. Over time, you website will begin to rank for more and more phrases and people will begin to find you in a variety of ways.

Stone Industry Online Presence

Creating Stone Related Content

In addition to creating content on your website and blog, you will want to write interesting articles to send out to your email list. If possible you want to archive your articles on your website, although this is not required. When you write articles for your newsletter readers, add links to interesting areas of your website to help your readers find other information they might be interested in.

Utilize your social media accounts to help people find your website. By sculpting your content and linking it together, you will be able to attract visitors form a variety of points in your online profile.

Cascading Your Information

By using the various parts of your stone industry online presence to promote other parts, you allow people to put your business in front of their eyes in many places. So how can you do this? Cascade your online properties. Here is an example: on your Facebook business page, post a link to an article on your blog (which is a section of your website) or an archived newsletter, then post Twitter tweets about the Facebook post and/or the article.

Use your YouTube channel to create informative and/or demonstration videos about your products and then embed the YouTube video into the product page of your website. In your YouTube description place a link to the details page of the product so people do not have to meander through your website to find that exact product. You can even tweet about your YouTube videos. The idea is to be active on social media so other can constantly see your brand. You never know when someone is going to become interested in your stone related business.

Actively Engage Stone Shoppers

The idea of managing your online presence is that you want to continually keep your audience engaged with your brand. Doing this requires active creation of content and interaction. It may feel like it is not working for a very long time, but if you persistently keep your brand in front of people they will grow to know your logo, your brand, and your business. Then when they are ready to begin a stone project, where will they start looking? With the businesses they already know. The question is, will the business they know be yours?

Good Transport Equipment

Benefits of Good Material Handling Equipment

Good Material Handling Equipment

Fabricators of that operate high volume establishments are aware that good quality equipment plays a large role in the shop’s success. Not only that, keeping your equipment in good working order is also imperative. For that reason, we thought we would take a few minutes to go over some of the key benefits of good material handling equipment.

In this post, we will take a quick look at four key benefits to using quality material handling gear. These advantages include:

  • Profitability
  • Product Care
  • Worker Safety
  • Efficient Processing

These advantages somewhat work together to yield a profitable work environment, so don’t be surprised if you notice a little bit of overlap across the four points. The first benefit we will discuss is profitability.

Profiting From Good Material Handling

This is so obvious that it can be easy to overlook. The better your material handling machines are, the more profitable your shop can become. Just think about all the ways that material handling impacts your bottom line:

  • Fewer Workman’s Comp Incidents
  • Productivity Boosts
  • Reduced Equipment Expenses
  • Better Quality Work
  • Workload Efficiency

Each of those items in that list can directly contribute to your bottom line. Either through generating more sales, or by reducing costs. Both of those avenues translate into higher profit margins. So keep reading if you are in the market for some increased profitability.

Good & Safe Equipment

These two types of equipment are often found together. In fact, many stone professionals would even say that good material handling equipment has to also be safe. After all, how good is a piece of equipment that is dangerous or unsafe to operate? In turn, the fewer the accidents, the more profitable the business. Additionally, you can safe cash on outgoing costs if you do not have to replace your material handling equipment as often as the next fabrication shop.

One feature of some equipment that helps reduce repurchasing is A Frames that utilize replacement rubber. Being able to replace rubber on A Frames reduces spending in a couple of ways. First, it allows the fabrication shop to continue using an A Frame that they might otherwise be looking to replace. Second, it can help protect the stone when transporting it to the saw. Just like there are a variety of diamond blades, there are also a number of kinds of material handling machines. Each kind will no doubt be available in a range of quality levels.

Material Handling Equipment & Shop Safety

Another benefit that comes from having and maintaining good material handling equipment is the safety of the workers. After all, injuries on the job can really drive up the cost of running a fabrication shop. Having well-maintained equipment ensures that slabs stay on the handling equipment. But the condition of the machines is only one aspect that produces benefits.

A second way fabrication pros benefit is by being able to work more efficiently. Utilizing safety equipment that is in good condition makes it possible to work a bit quicker that is possible if the handlers are wrestling the material as they transport it around the shop. Good equipment that fits the material well makes working fast easier.

Production Efficiency Yields Profits

It all boils down to the fact that efficiency is directly related to the profitability of the shop. And the formula is pretty simple. The more you can get done in a given time frame, the more money your shop takes in. And the less money you spend to do that amount of work, the more of the income the shop gets to keep. It’s as simple as that!

So, in conclusion, why not take some time to examine your workflow and the quality of your material handling equipment. If there are ways that you can increase productivity and boost shop safety while ramping up the quality of production, seize those opportunities and experience the benefits that come from good material handling equipment.