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(Musings of a Stone Designer)

Wednesday, July 06 2011
When it "seams" like a rocky road instead of a flowing river, then it's not a quality granite installation!
Let me show you what I mean:

It doesn't take a particularly observant person to notice the thick gray epoxy line visible in this photo.  Add to that the change in pattern direction, as well as color, and it is safe to assume that absolutely no one is going to be fooled into believing this surface is made up of one continuous piece of stone!

Here is one of our "phantom" seams. Special care has been taken to make it as inconspicuous as possible.  The two sides of the stone surface have been pulled together very tightly using a special tool.  The epoxy has been colored to match the surrounding area--different colors are used on different sections to simulate the variation of natural granite.

The image above shows the same view, but from a distance. Visitors will never guess that a seam is present.

Theirs.  Again, the epoxy line is very visible;  no thought is given to color matching; 
and the direction of the pattern does not flow.

Ours has a minimal joint line and continuous movement. Exotic slabs are rarely consistent in color and pattern throughout--it takes a little extra time and effort to do it right.

Theirs. This image demonstrates what happens when a company's top priority is to save on costs. 
The end result looks like the counter surface is not even made from the same material!

Ours.  Book matching is a technique used by conscientious and qualified fabricators to prevent the seams of exotic stone from looking disjointed. 
Consecutive slabs are polished on alternating sides to make this possible.

This may well be the worst seam I've ever seen--everything about it is drastically wrong!
The seam itself is too wide and there is a big dip where it meets at the front edge profile. 
The granite pieces are on different planes. 
The pattern moves in a sudden, perpendicular direction.
Large areas of light stone are adhered abruptly up against large areas of dark stone.
Oh yeah, did I mention, this is Theirs!

Ours ... Enough said.

Posted by: Marlene Wukusick AT 01:27 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick, owners

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20157 Five Point Road
 Batesville, IN 47006
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