March 2011

New Sonobath Vessel Sinks

March 31, 2011
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Marble and Granite carries a variety of elegant and innovative vessel sinks. Explore the line of Sonobath products that fuse style with function.

Sonobath sinks are designed and created in the United States. Our newest line by celebrity designer Jae Omar of Jae Omar Design displays the height of stone craftsmanship and engineering. The Mythos, Hydros, Chaos, and Titus sinks are sure to capture your attention with their sleek designs and understated beauty.

The Mythos sink uses a single sloped plane and natural hydrodynamics for a crisp design. The concealed drain system tucks away unsightly plumbing leaving only a beautiful basin to enjoy.

The dual, slanted planes of the Hydros model are off-centered, providing a step from the ordinary. The nature-inspired design of the Hydros features a center lined with your choice of river rocks or a recessed, brushed nickel tray.

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There is nothing chaotic about the beautiful simplicity of the Chaos sink. It is composed of a single plane with four fine horizontal slats for water flow.

The Titus fountain-style sink is a work of art for any space. Its geometric rectangular basin has raised walls for water control. Water flows effortlessly over the surface of its central platform and disappears around the edges.

Each unit has a unique aura of elegance and sophistication. Visit Marble and Granite today or call 877-39-STONE for more information on the full line of Sonobath products.

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Exploring Granite Paint

March 24, 2011
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If it looks like granite and feels like granite, just sit a hot pot on it and see what happens.

Granite is the standard for many of America’s modern, elegant kitchens. The market has seen an increase in granite imitators that consistently fail to offer the durability and beauty of natural stone. Granite paint is an idea that caught our eye and while there are a few undeniable benefits, potential buyers should also be aware of the disadvantages.

Giani offers a product called Italian Granite Paint. The kit includes mineral paints, applicators and an instructional DVD on how to transform your laminate, mineral, or wood countertops into what (sort of) looks like granite countertops. The kit is about $50.

One major drawback is that the granite-painted countertops do not perform like the real thing. It is easily scratched, burned, and stained. Sitting a hot pot on your counters will ruin them. You would need to sand and repaint them to get rid of the scorched spot. The paint also loses its luster significantly faster than granite.

If you want the appearance, appeal, and durability of natural stone we recommend buying natural stone. Marble and Granite will gladly outfit your spaces with the natural stone products that you desire and the quality that you deserve. Call 866.950.8443 or visit our website at

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Modern, Lightweight Marble Design

March 22, 2011
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Traditional marble furniture may feel too heavy for people with modern design tastes but the durability, shine, and natural beauty of marble makes it an irreplaceable design element. Jardan solves that conundrum by creating a table that appears lightweight and modern but is still unmistakably marble.

Australian designer Nick Garnham of Jardan was inspired by the breezy, fresh motifs of the tropics when designing the Iko table. The marble table tops are finished with a bullnose edge (rounded and smooth). Since no two slabs of marble are identical, each surface is unique. Choose between Carrara and Calacarra marbles. The bases are constructed of solid American oak that can be completed with 7 standard finishes. The wood is painted in a variety of bright and cool speed stain colors.

The tables are sold in numerous sizes and heights that are ideal for any size kitchen, kitchenette, dining room or outdoor eating area. Think outside of the box by using these tables in gardens and living areas.

Marble and Granite provides an array of natural stone products and services. Contact us at 866.950.8443 or visit our website at for details.

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Marble Home Accents

March 18, 2011
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Complement your marble floors or counter tops with marble home accents. Artwork and accessories that use marble are an excellent way to create a unified design motif throughout your home.

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Coasters: Marble coasters can be displayed on coffee tables and side tables, instantly pulling the color and texture of your marble flooring into the seating area.

Candles: Set the mood with romantic marble candle holders. Candle holders come in a variety of shapes and styles to accommodate a room of any size and design.

Vases: Because of the intricate vein pattern in most marble, we recommend using your marble vase as the center of attention (centerpiece or feature on a bookshelf) instead of storing flowers in it. Why distract from the natural beauty of the stone?

Clock: Marble clocks are a great way to merge beauty and function. There are marble freestanding clocks as well as wall mount varieties. Be mindful when hanging marble clocks. Large clocks will need to be mounted carefully.

Marble designs are a timeless way to add elegance to your home. To get started, contact Marble and Granite , Inc. at 877.39.STONE or visit

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Common Myths About Stone Sealers

March 17, 2011
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Sealers can be great tools for protecting your natural stone but it is important to understand their limitations.

Myth: Natural stone sealers prevent staining.

Fact: Some stones, like granite and soapstone, rarely stain. Some marble and travertine may stain if the spill is not wiped up immediately. Either way, a sealer only slows down the natural rate at which stone absorbs liquids; sealers do not create some impenetrable force field around your stone.

Not all sealers are created equal. SenGuard Permanent Bond Sealer is an excellent liquid repellent and dramatically reduces stones' absorption rates. But if a cracked bottle of oil or unnoticed drop of wine remains on the surface too long, you will still have stained stone.

This also means that sealers do not protect your stone from etching and water stains either. Find an etch remover polish or contact a professional to correct etching issues with your marble and other stones.

Myth: Sealing natural stone will keep it shiny.

Fact: Sealers do not enhance shine. Polish does. In some cases, such as with granite, only a mechanical process using diamond abrasives can restore or increase shine.

It is important to note that acids (coffee, soda) slowly damage the shine on marble, limestone and travertine counter tops so it is important to clean up spills immediately to prevent staining and to maintain shine.

For further information on natural stone care, or to add natural stone to your home, call Marble and Granite Inc. at 877.39-STONE or visit


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Understanding Countertop Fabrication Costs

March 10, 2011
After reading an article about countertop pricing, which begins on p. 74, in the January 2011 issue of Stone World, we want to offer this advice to countertop fabricators:

Taking the time to relay important details to your customer is a key factor in selling your service.  The Home Depots and Lowes of the industry sell their countertops as a SKU, so competing on price is not a competition at all.  Also, break down an ad that lists multiple offers because the listed items are not always relevant (they might already be included in the service and are not really a deal.)

There is a need to determine fixed costs (business costs that do not change) and variable costs (business costs that change with level of production.)  Direct costs such as freight, materials, power, tools, commissions, labor, etc., do not change.  “Indirect costs” are things such as administrative staff, insurance, marketing, and safety programs.

There are various pricing strategies in the market:

  • Square-foot pricing: not very effective when differentiating businesses

  • Good/Better/Best pricing: varied pricing for different market segments (retail, k&b, designer, contractor, etc.

  • Bundle pricing: encourages the use of a product in quantity by offering a discount   for volume, allows for profit maximization

  • De-bundled pricing: encourages customer to upgrade and choose

  • Premium pricing: geared towards unique and high quality, maximizes profit

  • Penetration pricing: for use in new and different markets

Tools such as software, time sheets, and job cost sheets help determine the level of cost in a fabrication business.  Detailed pricing sheets that list cut-outs, edgework, radius corners, bump outs, lamination, seams, etc., are itemized so you are able to break down every detail of the customer's particular job. This is where you can possibly negotiate details with the customer if they do not like the price.

In a competitive market where price is always the first topic of conversation, it is important to outline the details and importance of your service. Check out our post about the factors affecting the price of granite.
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