When it comes to granite countertops, there are literally hundreds of color choices. This however, has not always been the case. Over the years, there have been advances in quarrying practices, and equipment that have allowed more colors to become available for the countertop market. There have also been advances in some fabricating processes that have also helped, including the process of resining slabs. Some of you may not be familiar with the term, resining, so I will provide you with a definition.
The MIA, Marble Institute of America, in its Glossary of Terms, defines resined slabs as, ” Slabs that have been treated with a cosmetic improvement process prior to polishing, in which a resinous adhesive, usually epoxy, is applied to the face of the slab, filling various voids in the stone surface. The resin is cured at elevated temperature, after which it is polished, allowing the resin to remain in the voids. This produces a more cosmetically attractive surface without the interruptions of the natural defects.” In other words, resining helps to fill in tiny surface pitting and fissures that occur naturally in stones.
The resining process has become standard with a variety of stones, over the last 10 years and is now common place. Slabs that may once have been rejected for being too brittle, or broke in shipping, are now available to the public increasing the number of color choices.
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