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Manufacturing Impacts: Natural Stone vs. Precast Concrete

by | Feb 24, 2022

From an overall sustainability perspective, natural stone has a lower environmental footprint than precast concrete. This is due to the minimal resources used to quarry, fabricate, finish, and transport natural stone.

Manufacturing Impacts: Natural Stone vs. Sintered Surface

by | Feb 9, 2022

Sintered surface is sometimes marketed as sustainable because it contains natural materials. But as you will see from the manufacturing process described below, the use of an energy intensive manufacturing process gives sintered surface a much larger environmental footprint than natural stone.

Manufacturing Impacts: Natural Stone vs. Porcelain

by | Jan 14, 2022

Porcelain is produced to emulate the beauty and veining of marble. But as you will see, the use of many materials and additives and the energy intensive processes involved in its manufacturing create a much larger environmental footprint for porcelain than natural stone.

Manufacturing Impacts: Natural Stone vs. Engineered Quartz

by | Dec 22, 2021

Engineered quartz is sometimes marketed as a sustainable, natural material because of the quartz in it. However, as the process of manufacturing engineered quartz depicted demonstrates, that is not the case.

How to Add Value to Your Project with Natural Stone

by | Sep 10, 2021

Natural stone adds value to any project through its sustainability properties. Stone—a single-ingredient product — is one of the most sustainable building materials that can be specified.

Using Natural Stone Indoors on a Budget

by | Sep 9, 2020

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

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.

3 Questions To Ask Before Using Natural Stone In Your Kitchen

by | May 6, 2020

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

How to Be Your Own Stone Sleuth

by | Feb 20, 2020

Learn how to test stone samples for hardness, acid resistance, and porosity. Kitchen designers, architects, fabricators, and restoration professionals can use diagnostic techniques to learn as much as they can about particular varieties of natural stone.

Natural Stone: Mother Nature’s Original Green Building Material

by | Dec 12, 2019

As climate change impacts communities throughout the world, architects, designers, and environmentally conscious homeowners are more often choosing building materials like natural stone that have low embodied carbon and energy.

Sifting Through the Confusion about Manmade Quartz Surfaces

by | May 21, 2019

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.

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

by | Apr 22, 2019

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

A Scientific Guide to Shopping for Natural Stone

by | Mar 8, 2019

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.

What Are Stone Remnants And How Can They Be Used?

by | Oct 4, 2018

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.

How to Use Natural Stone Remnants

by | Aug 17, 2018

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.

Sussing Out Sandstone

by | Jul 22, 2018

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

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.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Stone Countertops

by | Nov 10, 2017

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

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.

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Natural Stone Kitchen Countertops

by | Sep 12, 2017

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