There are three tops of rocks, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Granite falls under the igneous family, which are rocks formed by the cooling and solidification of hot magma either on the surface of the earth or the earth's interior. Over the years, granite has been used in the construction industry for making countertops and other decorative uses. Its predominant pink, grey, and white pigments give customers a range of alternatives they can effectively choose from. The challenge lies in getting these granite babies to your site without damaging or even denting them. Here is everything you need to know about transporting granite countertops to your construction site:
Use of A-Frames
When transporting any granite countertop, the most essential thing is to ensure that there is adequate support for the accessory to minimise any accidents. This is where A-frames come in handy. As the name alludes, these structures resemble the letter "A". The granite countertops lean against the structure such that they are stable throughout the transit period. Wooden planks measuring two by four inches are fitted together at an angle of about ten degrees. The structure can fit in an ordinary truck, and they are made from strong planks to support heavy countertops meant for a large kitchen.
Due to their efficiency, most shops actually sell A-frames alongside countertops just to ensure that their client's commodities will be safe during transit. The sad part is that this might come for an extra coin although you can find some vendors with massive discounts on that. The Finishing on the Countertops
Even though granite is a hardy rock, the finishing on the countertop determines its ability to stand up to cracking and shattering. Polished cut-outs and segments have a bit of an edge when it comes to resilience and strength compared to other types of finishes. The resins used in the process give extra strength to the granite bonds, helping them to stand up well against shearing forces in the course of transit.
Note that some parts are very vulnerable to cracking regardless of the finish used. Faucet holes and drop-in sinks can easily develop lines of weakness. A good vendor should thus advise you to cut the holes on site, rather than having them done at the shop and transporting them when they are vulnerable.
Some vendors aren't willing to take risks, and they transfer all the loading and transport risks immediately after purchase. It is imperative to tag along with one or two friends to help you load the countertops safely.