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Sifting Through the Confusion about Manmade Quartz Surfaces

by | May 21, 2019 | Educate

Quartz countertop manufacturers are working hard to influence the marketplace. It’s important to pause and reflect on the validity of these statements so that we can make informed choices.

Caring For Quartzite Countertops

by | Apr 4, 2019 | Educate

Quartzite has been gaining in popularity as a countertop material in the past few years. With a look similar to marble and a durability comparable to granite, this natural stone seems to have it all.

A Scientific Guide to Shopping for Natural Stone

by | Mar 8, 2019 | Educate

By experimenting on stone samples, you’ll not only gather key bits of information, but you’ll also gain confidence in the real-world attributes of various stones.

How to Care for Your Marble Countertops

by | Feb 6, 2019 | Educate

One of the most important steps in caring for marble is preventing stains and etches. Prevent etching and stains by religiously using cutting boards, trivets, and coasters.

Are Kitchen Renovations Really Worth It?

by | Jan 18, 2019 | Educate

Preparing for a kitchen remodel may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips on how to navigate the planning of your kitchen remodel.

Bookmatching: Geology Meets Geometry

by | Dec 21, 2018 | Educate, Inspire

Bookmatched slabs sometimes look like butterflies, or Rorschach (inkblot) tests, or many other fanciful shapes. Bar none, bookmatched slabs are one of the most dramatic and impressive ways to use natural stone.

What to Expect During a Natural Stone Restoration

by | Dec 6, 2018 | Educate

Restoring your stone can bring it back to the look and luster it had when it was originally installed. Part of the beauty of natural stone is that the process can be repeated without worry so you can enjoy your investment for a lifetime.

Know Your Rocks: An Overview of the Geology of Natural Stone

by | Nov 21, 2018 | Educate

A bit of geology can shed light on why or where we’d want to use a given stone. Geology also helps us appreciate that every slab of stone offers a little glimpse into deep time and the dramatic forces that shape the planet.

How to Find and Hire a Natural Stone Fabricator

by | Oct 23, 2018 | Educate

A fabricator is the craftsman who turns a rough slab into a finished product. While it’s important to choose the right material, you also need to find the right stone fabricator.

A Soft Spot for Soapstone

by | Oct 12, 2018 | Educate

Once you’ve come to terms with soapstone’s softness, you can revel in its strengths. Soapstone is remarkably resistant to staining or damage from acids. The density of the stone makes it practically impervious.

What Are Stone Remnants And How Can They Be Used?

by | Oct 4, 2018 | Educate

The leftover materials from fabrication or construction are known as remnants. There are many different ways to address this issue and many advantages to identifying and using natural stone remnants in a project.

A Deep Dive Into the Properties of Quartzite

by | Aug 24, 2018 | Educate

Quartzite picks up where sandstone leaves off. It’s a metamorphic rock – one that’s been baked into an extra-tough stone by the heat and pressure that only comes from deep burial way down in Earth’s crust.

What You Need to Know About Stacked Stone

by | Jul 31, 2018 | Educate

A strong trend in home design is adding texture to vertical surfaces, such as fireplaces and backsplash. Stacked Stone is a three-dimensional veneer is made of cut pieces of natural stone that are attached to a backing and installed like tile.

Sussing Out Sandstone

by | Jul 22, 2018 | Educate

Sandstone, by the most basic definition, is any stone that’s made mostly of sand-sized pieces that have been stuck together into a solid rock. That loose definition leaves a lot of room for variation.

How to Use Natural Stone to Achieve a Luxury Look On a Budget

by | Jun 21, 2018 | Educate, Inspire

Going top to bottom in high-end natural stone may not be within reach for some, but that doesn’t mean they can’t add high-end touches to their designs and give their rooms a touch of luxe with these inexpensive interior design ideas.

Bluestone: Rivers and Deltas Create a Versatile American Sandstone

by | May 31, 2018 | Educate

Bluestone is a fine-grained sandstone from Pennsylvania and New York, characterized by its grey-blue color—but it’s not always blue.

5 Reasons to Choose Real Marble for Your Countertops

by | May 29, 2018 | Educate, Inspire

You’re facing the same conundrum that so many marble-loving home owners have wrestled with: you love real marble, but is it really worth the care and maintenance? Read this before you choose artificial or fake marble for your home.

Pros and Cons of Installing a Slate Roof

by | Apr 30, 2018 | Educate

Slate roofs are elegant and unique. They can also be costly and difficult to install. Not always, though. Here are some of the pros and cons for homeowners to consider before choosing a roofing material.

LEED the Way with Natural Stone

by | Apr 10, 2018 | Educate

Learn more about green building for homes. Find out what LEED credits are achievable with natural stone.