UNS Resource

Beyond Countertops: 3 Great Ways to Use All of Your Stone Slab

by | Apr 22, 2019 | Inspire

We’ve pulled together some of the best slab repurposing ideas we’ve seen in the field—some inspiring suggestions to maximize your investment, and to help you gain the maximum enjoyment possible from the slab that called your name

How to Use Natural Stone Remnants

by | Aug 17, 2018 | Inspire

When a natural stone installation project is complete, fabricators stockpile remnants that are too small for a full kitchen countertop. These scraps present an opportunity for creative applications throughout your home.

“Stone Is Art”: A Panel Discussion Hosted by Aria Stone Gallery

by | Jan 31, 2018 | Educate, Inspire

During this panel discussion featuring a variety of talented stone industry professionals, questions were specifically targeted to each professional’s forte. Topics included: stone trends, marble vs quartz and other artificial stones.

Resources for Design Professionals

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Architects and designers can find all they need to know on this resource page from Natural Stone Institute.

Natural Stone Resource Library

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Search the archives of technical papers, case studies, and more information published by Natural Stone Institute.

Glossary of Stone Industry Terms

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Definitions for terms commonly used in the stone industry.

Stones of North America

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Your source for finding natural stones from North America. Browse by type, color, use, and quarry location.

Kitchen Countertop Comparison Chart

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Compare countertop materials. Consider price, durability, and maintenance.

Pros & Cons of Granite Countertops

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

When choosing a countertop surface for your kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider. If granite has made it to the top of your list, read through the article below to determine if its advantages and disadvantages make it a good choice for your family.

Granite vs. Marble

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Marble has been a popular trend in kitchen countertops for the past several years. If you compare performance characteristics in a kitchen environment, granite is the better choice.

Granite vs. Quartzite

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Granite and quartzite have very similar performance statistics. Quartzite is generally harder and denser and the pattern is more like marble which is appealing to many homeowners.

Granite vs. Limestone & Travertine

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Limestone and travertine will etch when exposed to the acids and bases present in many cleaning products and common kitchen ingredients such as vinegar, bleach, citrus, and wine.

Granite vs. Onyx

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Onyx is not a good option for most countertops, but it does make for a beautiful backsplash. Its beauty and translucence make it appealing, but still not practical.

Granite vs. Slate

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Slate slabs are generally small compared to marble and granite so more seams will be necessary to complete a kitchen project. In fact, many slate quarries are limited to tile production because of the sizes of usable material that exist.

Granite vs. Soapstone

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Soapstone is quite soft, making it a favorite material for the DIY homeowner for use as countertops. It is also non-porous so there is no need to seal it.

Granite vs. Porcelain & Sintered Surface

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Two of the newest countertop surfaces on the market today, are Porcelain and Sintered Surface. New technology and trial and error have given way to material that mimics the look of natural marble.

Granite vs. Hardwood & Butcher Block

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Nothing beats the warmth and traditional charm of butcher block countertops. Many homeowners are choosing to use a combination of wood and granite, or another hard surface, in their kitchens.

Granite vs. Quartz Surfacing

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Educate

Quartz countertops are a big trend in today’s market. Brands such as Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq are readily available in a large variety of colors.