NATURAL STONE RESTORATION
POLISHING - HONING - GRINDING - SEALING & REPAIRS
Natural Stone Restoration Services
For millions of years, a combination of heat and pressure created blocks of natural stone, including granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and slate.
As the earth’s crust began to grow and erode, it pushed minerals up from its core, forming massive rock deposits, which we refer to as “quarries”.
Natural stone is one of the most popular materials for countertops, flooring, walls, patios, driveways, and much more. Granite, marble, slate, limestone, onyx and other natural stones come in a wide array of colours and patterns, Natural Stone in residential construction for both structural and decorative use. Popular applications include entryways, atriums, bathrooms, fireplaces, floors, countertops, and many other surfaces.
Natural stone is a durable material and will last decades with proper care and maintenance however the surface of a polished stone can become dull looking after years of normal use. Stone polishing is carried out in a variety of ways using a collection of methods. Each of the methods for polishing stone surfaces happens at a different time and for a different purpose.
Stone Restoration is the art and science of restoring worn or damaged marble, granite, travertine, limestone, terrazzo or other natural stone to a like-new condition. This requires proper training, specialized equipment and supplies as well as an artisan’s eye for detail.
Restoration of stone is the restoring of worn stone to the state in which it was installed. It may also entail the altering of the stone’s surface to match a desired finish; restoration is a process that can only be done by a professional stone restoration company. Stone restoration is series of diamond grits used in the proper order by a master technician who is experienced in their use. The result is a beautiful finished natural looking floor.
Chips, cracks, etching, stains, dulled surfaces, lippages (unevenly laid tiles) and more. The best part about natural stone is that most problems can be repaired with our stone floor restoration exclusive methods. our stone restoration is a fraction of the cost of replacement.
Through the use of trained stone technicians, state-of the-art equipment and materials, we will restore your stone surface to its original beauty. All work will be completed in a professional and timely manner. Using a high quality resin bonded polishing pads to polish stone we can progressively smooth out the surface of the material until the shiny look is achieved. When we polish marbles and granites, we can almost make the surface look like glass.
Stone floor honing is a process that is done after stone floor grinding and just before the stone floor polishing process which removes scratches on stone surfaces, as well as etches from acid or heavy alkaline damage when you spill something acidic like vinegar on the marble, the etch mark will show a little less compared to a stone surface with a high polished finish. Using the right amount of water helps to ensure that the machine and the coarse pads do not grind into the stone, which can cause an unwanted swirl pattern to form on the stone. Also, the water helps for safety reasons to keep the dust settled and not floating in the air.
Stone floor grinding is a restoration process using diamond abrasives that removes lippage (uneven tile edges), deep scratches and makes stone surfaces flat. The full grinding process provides the highest possible shine and clarity on stones.
Choosing the best natural stone for your home is a big decision which requires lots of research on which stone to choose, but most people tend to forget about what sort of protection does that stone requires. When it comes to sealing natural stone, there are various sealers available to you to choose from. At Drytec we are able to guide you to choose the best option for your natural stone sealing needs. Sealing natural stone helps keep water and oil born materials from seeping into the stone and staining it a good sealer can act as a barrier to protect your stone, just remember you will still need to clean up any spills right away.
Penetrating sealers seep into the surface leaving the external appearance virtually unchanged. Penetrating sealers do not form a thin film on the surface of the tile and they do not flake or peel off.
– Enhancing Sealers:
These sealers enhance the natural colour of the stone without the glossy effect. They offer good protection against beverages spills and the premium quality sealer provide protection against oil-born contaminants.
-Topical Coating sealers:
As the name implies these sealers sit on the surface of the stone and give it a glossy appearance. They have one major drawback that they wear off from the surface over a period of time and have to be applied frequently especially for surfaces with high traffic. For adequate protection more than 2 coats of topical sealers is required.
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