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Using Natural Stone Indoors on a Budget

by | Sep 9, 2020 | Educate, Resources

Whether you’re looking to update several rooms in your home or just one space, your goal is to maximize your look without sacrificing the budget. How does natural stone fit into this?

Three Things I Wish Customers Knew About Using Natural Stone

by | Aug 14, 2020 | Educate

To ensure a successful countertop fabrication project, remember: a good job takes time, look beyond the color, and perfection does not exist in our world.

A Marble Kitchen Makeover

by | Jul 21, 2020 | Inspire

From the start of their kitchen remodel, the owners of a palatial home in Weston, Massachusetts knew they wanted a countertop material that would become the showpiece of the living space. “As soon as we saw the slabs of Calacatta Saturnia marble, we knew it was the perfect fit.”

3 Questions To Ask Before Using Natural Stone In Your Kitchen

by | May 6, 2020 | Educate

Natural stone plays a prominent role in many kitchen remodels. Here are three questions to consider when choosing a stone for your kitchen project.

Philly Chef Prefers Patina Over Polish For His Soapstone Kitchen

by | Apr 22, 2020 | Inspire

“The soapstone countertop has character. It’s not smooth, but it’s not rough either,” Barnieu said. “That’s what I like about soapstone; the more you use it, as it gets older, the patina of the stone gets more and more charming”

Designing with Textured Surfaces Using Natural Stone

by | Mar 31, 2020 | Inspire

While polished and honed are the most common surface finishes for natural stone, leathered and brushed textures are growing increasingly popular to add a unique flair your design.

Eco-friendly Cleaning Practices for Natural Stone

by | Mar 9, 2020 | Educate

It is important to use the right product and process for the type of stone and specific issue you are addressing. Different stones have different characteristics and will respond differently to cleaning and maintenance.

Got Data? Testing the Performance of Granite, Engineered Quartz, Concrete, and Sintered Countertop Surfaces

by | Nov 6, 2019 | Educate

It can be difficult to find reliable information about the practical properties of different types of countertop surfaces. In a quest to bring more data-driven information to the countertop industry, this article offers side-by-side performance testing of four categories of materials.

How Do Your Countertop & Flooring Choices Impact the Environment?

by | Oct 24, 2019 | Educate

Aesthetic qualities and price are often the first criteria used to make countertop and flooring selections. But have you considered if each material is eco-friendly? A material’s life cycle should be considered during your home design and renovation projects.

Granite vs. Engineered Quartz for Your Kitchen Countertop

by | Jul 31, 2019 | Educate

Thought should be given to countertop material’s durability, maintenance, sustainability, and cost. Let’s take a comparative look at some of these issues before making a decision.

Caring for Soapstone Countertops

by | Jul 19, 2019 | Educate, Resources

Soapstone is versatile and can be incorporated into a wide variety of designs. It has remained a go-to countertop material due to its long-known physical properties and classic old-world aesthetic.

Do Engineered Quartz Countertops Stain?

by | Jun 28, 2019 | Educate

Many people are curious about the differences between natural stone and manufactured surfaces, and my approach is always the same: be wary of marketing claims, learn as much as you can, understand the properties, and be informed.

Sifting Through the Confusion about Manmade Quartz Surfaces

by | May 21, 2019 | Educate

Is quartz natural stone? Our geologist analyzed samples from several different quartz manufacturers. Sort fact from fiction using real scientific data to prove performance statistics.

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.

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.

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.

Why Natural Stone is a Great Option for Millennials

by | Mar 27, 2018 | Inspire

Millennials see natural stone as a functional piece of art. They are very knowledgeable about what they want.

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?

“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.