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3 Proven Methods to Reinforce a Stone Slab

Marble Tables and Slabs Reinforcement

Despite the fact that natural stone is recognized as one of the strongest materials, in some cases, it still needs to be reinforced, especially when a soft stone has inclusions and natural impurities. Also, the reinforcement is necessary in cases where an overhanging piece has to be installed without support.

The methods below can be combined in any order, but very often is not necessary.

1. Meshing or Structural Bonding.

Epoxying a fiberglass mesh or cloth to the back of a stone slab. The mesh is evenly applied to the backside of the slab, increasing strength and minimizing the risk of cracking due to internal impurities. For example, the onyx on the market is only available with factory back-meshing.

The mesh can be used on mosaic tiles, but for another purpose is to hold mosaic pieces together and on proper distance.

Meshing or Structural Bonding

2. Rodding or Armoring.

Reinforcement with metal or fiberglass rods. The rods are inserted into previously cut grooves. Such rods installed in places where maximum load and sagging may occur. For example, on bar-top, by a sink, or for crack repair endurance.

The rodding requires a professional approach, proper equipment, and in the case when it installed by a sink has one significant drawback, the metal rod (not fiberglass) can react with moisture and start rusting and expanding that can lead to cracking as a result.

Rodding or Armoring

3. Plate Supporting or Wood Substrate Method.

This method is attaching and gluing a marble table to a plywood or metal base. The plate supporting is widely used on Knoll tables. The wood substrate method is often used on custom or “made in-home” tables.

On commercial areas like a store, restaurant, pizzeria, etc., you can find a counter supported by stainless steel bases and frames.

Table Plate Supporting or Wood Substrate Method

Professional reinforcement will help to increase the physical strength of stone and as a result, extend its service life.

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    Eugene blew us away with how fantastic our bathroom turned out. We recently moved into an apartment and were disappointed by how poorly the marble stone was kept. A friend recommended Eugene, he was very responsive and professional. You can tell he takes pride in his work. He spent two full days polishing, cleaning, caulking and grouting the entire bathroom and it looks like new. Before he left we asked for a proposal for the kitchen! I highly recommend him and would use him for every stone job we have moving forward.
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    The first, I was impressed with how fast they got back to me after asking for a quote. Eugene was professional, fast, and keep his promises. He communicates well and it was very easy to work with him, and I was very pleased. It is very important to me that people who I work with is professional and trustworthy. I can see a long-term relationship with them and am very happy to find them. By the way I found them by looking for an answer on Houzz for my question about my furniture.

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    Eugene did right by us! Lowest estimate of several I received, but no corners cut. Very patient answering all my questions by email, super professional and respectful in my apartment, including thorough cleanup, and my counters look great!

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    Eugene was great. My contractor ruined our "travertine" floors. Our contractor used the wrong grout and my pale colored stone floors looked dirty. Eugene to the rescue! Eugene scrubbed, polished and regrouted the bathroom stone floor and it looks just the way it was meant to. Eugene told us that the stone was really limestone. He was quiet and went straight to work. I found him to be very respectful. He saw we had new flooring in the house and took off his shoes. Class act. We highly recommend Eugene. Now my family can finally move into our first home.

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    Eugene absolutely saved the day for us, and we are so grateful. With only 3 days left to move out of our BK apt, our movers cracked a priceless family heirloom marble dresser top. We were devastated! A friend of mine who does object restoration for museums gave me ABC's website, and Eugene spent a day communicating with me, and came, to our home (in a mask) the very next day and restored our marble on location and in our tight time frame. When he was finished, it was stunning, and we are beyond grateful to him. I hope I never need his services again, but I strongly recommend him to others. At the end, he even helped us correctly package the marble for our move so we didn't need to have the movers risk harming the marble again. We are so grateful to him!

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