There are a number of professions out there where it's relatively common for workers to leave their traditional metal rings at home, and many areas of the construction world are on this list. A good example here, for a few different reasons, is those who work in the world of carpentry.
At Enso Rings, we're proud to offer a wide range of women's and men's silicone rings, available to clients in numerous styles and for numerous purposes. Why do carpenters love our products, and what are some of the key reasons they gravitate toward them as substitutes for their metal rings -- or even for all their ring needs from the start? Here's everything you need to know.
What Carpenters Do
For those just learning about this field, the term carpenter speaks to a craftsman who works with wood and similar materials. This professional cuts, shapes, and assembles wooden materials to create all sorts of structures, from buildings and bridges to furniture and framing.
It's a field that actually encompasses many different sub-specialties, including:
Cabinetmaking: Building cabinets, shelves, and other storage units
Finish carpentry: Installing moldings and trim, hanging doors, and adding final details
Framing: Constructing the skeletal support for homes, additions, and other structures
Millwork: Creating custom-built wood products, often involving precise measuring and shaping
Of course, this is just a small sampling of what carpenters do on a day-to-day basis.
Silicone Rings and Snag Prevention
Safety is naturally one of the single top concerns for carpenters and similar professionals, and traditional metal and stone rings can present some issues in this area. Because they're rigid and inflexible, there's a greater chance they'll get caught on something -- and when you're constantly working with your hands, that can quickly lead to an accident. In the worst cases, your entire finger could be at-risk if your ring becomes caught on something you can't pull it out of in time.
Our silicone rings are designed specifically to be lightweight, comfortable, and safe for those who wear them on the job. They'll conform to your finger and won't present the same level of snag risk as a metal ring would. For those carpenters who are particularly worried about this possibility, we even offer rings with beveled edges. These sit flush against your finger, making it virtually impossible for them to get snagged on anything.
And in the rare case where a silicone ring does become snagged or caught on anything, they're specifically designed to break away cleanly. So, you won't have to worry about your finger being stuck or caught in a dangerous situation.
Aside from the safety concerns we just discussed, many carpenters also find that their traditional metal rings can lead to reduced grip strength. This is particularly common with those who wear their wedding bands on the job -- after all, you're constantly using your hands for a variety of tasks, and a metal ring can get in the way. As a result, you might not be able to grip tools as tightly as you need to or work with the level of precision that's required in this field.
Silicone rings offer a much better solution here because of their increased flexibility and grip. In fact, many carpenters find that they can actually improve their grip strength by wearing a silicone ring while working. These rings will help you maintain a better grip on your tools without getting in the way or slowing you down, and that can be a real game-changer when you're on the job.
Carpenters often work in a variety of different environments, and that can lead to some serious temperature fluctuations. One minute you might be working in a cool, air-conditioned space, and the next you could be out in the scorching summer heat. These drastic changes can cause metal rings to expand and contract, which can be extremely uncomfortable (not to mention dangerous) for those who are wearing them.
Silicone rings are much more temperature-resistant, however, so you won't have to worry about them expanding and contracting with the temperature changes. They'll stay comfortable no matter what the conditions are like, and you won't have to take them off every time the temperature changes.
While wood is the primary material carpenters work with, that's not the only thing you'll find on a job site. In fact, you're likely to come into contact with a variety of other materials as well, including metal, stone, and concrete. And when you're working with these materials, it's important to be aware of the risk of conductivity.
Metal rings can conduct electricity, which can be extremely dangerous (and even deadly) in certain situations. Silicone rings, on the other hand, are non-conductive and won't pose this risk. So, you can wear them while working with a variety of different materials without having to worry about the potential hazards.
The hands of a carpenter are regularly exposed to a variety of different materials, both on and off the job. And for those who are particularly sensitive, this can lead to all sorts of skin irritation and other problems. Metal rings can be particularly problematic in this regard because they can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Silicone rings are a much safer option for those with sensitive skin because they're hypoallergenic. They won't cause any skin irritation or other problems, even for those who are particularly sensitive.
As you can see, there are a number of reasons why silicone rings are a great choice for carpenters. For more on this, or to learn about any of our silicone ring options, contact the team at Enso Rings today.