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.

Schist Happens: Get to Know This Brilliant Stone

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Educate

The sparkly aesthetic comes from mica minerals, which are nature’s glitter.

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Natural Stone Kitchen Countertops

by | Sep 12, 2017 | Educate

When you head to the showroom to choose your natural stone, use these five questions to ensure you choose your best option.

Wall of Time: A Geologic Stone Wall Captures Earth’s History

by | Aug 18, 2017 | Educate, Inspire

Instead of just stacking the stones any which way they fit together, this geologist/home owner decided to create her wall using the stones in order of their geological ages.

Striking Patterns: What Stripes Tell You about Your Stone

by | Aug 7, 2017 | Educate

Find out how your stone got its stripes. Much of Earth’s history is recorded in layer upon layer of sediment.

Travertine: Watching Stones Form in Real-Time

by | Jul 7, 2017 | Educate

How travertine is formed and how to use as a building material.

Got Lava? A Photographic Tour of Iceland’s Native Stone

by | Jun 2, 2017 | Educate, Inspire

Inspire to visit Iceland or consider ways to use your own native stone.

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.

Find a Stone Professional

by | May 30, 2017 | Educate, Resources

Members of this trade association conform to a strict code of ethics. The quality of their work meets Natural Stone Institute and other industry standards.

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Natural Stone Surfaces

by | May 29, 2017 | Educate

Protect your natural stone surfaces by avoiding these five common practices.

The Mystique of Onyx

by | May 29, 2017 | Educate

How Onyx’s geology affects its performance as a building material.

Slate: From the Ocean Floor to Your Floor

by | Apr 26, 2017 | Educate

Learn all about slate from the ocean floor to your floor.