What is Granite?

June 15, 2016

Granite is everywhere. You’ve seen it carved into beautiful sculptures in museums. You’ve seen it in impressive columns, magnificent arches, and thick, solid blocks. You’ve seen it on the faces of United States Presidents at Mount Rushmore. You’ve seen it in walls, walkways, fireplaces, floor tiles, and countertops. You know it’s a beautiful majestic, stately […]

How To Prep Your Stone Patio For Summer

June 8, 2016

Now that we’ve finally hit June, it’s time to kick your outdoor entertaining into high gear. After the winter thaw and spring rains, your stone patio might be just a little worse for the wear. Stains, cracks, and weeds are common patio problems that are easily resolved, but it will take some time and elbow grease. […]

Help! My Stone Countertop Chipped. Can I Fix It?

June 1, 2016

There’s a kind of sick, sinking feeling that comes when that heavy pot drops on your stone countertop and pop, a chip breaks off the surface or a big crack opens up. Ugh. Sure, a scratch is one thing, but what can you do when a sizable piece of your countertop breaks off? How can you […]

What is Veining?

May 25, 2016

Veining, or the long, meandering lines of color that traverse natural stone, is one of the most desirable characteristics people look for in natural stone because of the elegant yet organic look it gives. In geological terms, veins are sheets of crystallized minerals within a rock. These minerals are usually deposited by water, which then […]

Building A Retaining Wall? Here’s What You Need To Know

May 18, 2016

With spring well underway, it’s time to start thinking about sprucing up the yard and maybe tackling some of those big outdoor projects you’ve been meaning to do. One way to enhance both your curb appeal and your backyard is to build stone retaining walls around the house or fence. This not only creates planting […]

Why A Marble Countertop Might Make You A Better Cook

May 11, 2016

If you’re the kind of cook who always has a fresh loaf of bread in the oven, a pie cooling on the windowsill and a thin layer of flour all over your countertops at all times, then installing a marble countertop might just be the best decision you’ll ever made. Marble has been beloved by […]

Should You Hone Your Stone?

May 4, 2016

Not enough people spend time thinking about how much (or how little) sheen they want on their stone until it’s installed. We get it, it’s easy to get wrapped up in looking at color and veining that you forget about everything else! However, this aspect has a huge effect on how the stone actually looks […]

What Is Onyx?

April 27, 2016

Onyx is a showstopper of a stone. Used for centuries in jewelry, carvings, and for architectural accents, the stone’s stunning swirls and speckles of rich, vibrant color and unusual translucency make it an extremely sought-after material. Rarer than fine marble and highly desirable for its unique appearance, onyx remains a popular choice for homeowners looking […]

Why Do Acids Damage My Stone Countertop?

April 20, 2016

A common concern about stone countertops is how they’ll wear over time. As one of the most highly-used surfaces in your home, it just wouldn’t be economical to have something that looks crummy in just a few years! And, while durability is one of the best reasons to chose a natural stone countertop, they can […]

What Are Cobblestones?

April 13, 2016

Dotting the streets of historic towns and beloved in meandering garden paths, cobblestones are some of the most recognizable (and  charming!) stones used in hardscaping. Simply put, cobbles are rounded stones that are traditionally used to pave roads and paths. They are usually between two and ten inches in diameter or length and are often […]

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