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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.

From Earth’s Mantle to the Fireplace Mantel: Tracing the Origins of Green Stones

by | Mar 13, 2018 | Educate

Let’s explore some green stones and illuminate their properties, minerals, and geologic origins.

Going Digital in the New Stone Age

by | Mar 7, 2018 | Educate

Some say new machines and techniques let them work more efficiently, avoid mistakes, and achieve greater precision. Here are some examples of how cutting edge digital tools are fitting into the age-old stone industry.

How to Care For Your Granite Countertops

by | Feb 26, 2018 | Educate

We sat down with several stone care experts to learn how best to care for granite countertops. How often should you reseal? What should you use to clean granite countertops?

Mad About Marble: A Geological Look at a Classic Stone

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Educate

Marble is one of the world’s most revered and useful natural materials. Read about it’s formation, patterns, colors, and technical properties.

“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.

Limestone – A Tropical Seabed Brings Us a Practical Stone

by | Jan 16, 2018 | Educate

Next time you come face-to-face with a limestone slab in a showroom, pause and indulge yourself with a little mental time travel to the prehistoric, balmy ocean that created this stone.

How to Use Natural Stone in Sustainable Ways

by | Dec 14, 2017 | Educate, Inspire

Some businesses, like Minnesota-based Coldspring, have an entire sustainability mindset and are working to be environmentally-responsible stone producers.

Granite: What’s In a Name?

by | Dec 7, 2017 | Educate

In the natural stone industry, “granite” often means any hard stone that is not marble. This article will talk about igneous rocks that comprise most of the granite family including gabbro, gneiss, and basalt.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Stone Countertops

by | Nov 10, 2017 | Educate

Choosing the perfect material for your lifestyle and décor is the first step. The next phase is installation, and if you’ve never gone through the process you might not know what to expect.

Understanding the Cost of Granite Countertops

by | Nov 5, 2017 | Educate

Cost is a major deciding factor in most purchasing decisions. There are many factors that go into the process, which makes every homeowner’s situation unique.

That’s a Gneiss Stone!

by | Nov 3, 2017 | Educate

Gneiss is among the most common commercial stones, but you may not have heard of gneiss because it’s almost always classified as granite.

Take Advantage of the Latest Technology When Designing with Natural Stone

by | Oct 24, 2017 | Educate

Technology has become extremely prevalent in today’s society and the natural stone industry is not immune. In fact, we are opening up a world of possibilities for your projects that save time, money, and resources.