October 2012

Tips for Choosing Commercial Floors

October 30, 2012
When it comes to choosing floors for commercial designs the three most important considerations to make are maintenance, aesthetics and cost. And these three factors are what have made Neolith ceramic slabs a top choice for commercial interior designs. As a ceramic stone, Neolith is available in large slabs - up to 12 x 4 feet - that make Neolith incredibly versatile and perfect for large tile flooring. Because it's available in such large slabs, you can cover large areas without any seams, saving on materials and installation costs. Neolith is also extremely durable and does not require any sealants; it is resistant to liquids, stains and heat. On top of all this, Neolith slabs come in a wide range of colors that can help achieve any style or look. 
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The Motivo Collection by Caesarstone Quartz Surfaces: Where High Fashion Meets High Function

October 25, 2012

Both fashion and interior design are all about beautiful combinations of forms and colors, which is why the two industries will always somewhat overlap. Fashion designers find inspiration from interior design, and interior designers find inspiration from fashion. So in honor of this relationship and the start of the autumn season, we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss a few of the fall trends from the Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week. 

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Pricing Granite Countertops, Caesarstone or any stone..

October 24, 2012
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Cover Old Coffee Tables with Granite Slabs

October 23, 2012
Remember Cosmo Kramer's coffee table book on coffee tables that even turns into a mini coffee table? While picturing this makes us chuckle, it also reminds us of the importance of having a strong, practical and durable coffee table. If you have an old coffee table that is lacking in functionality and/or aesthetics, consider giving it new life by adding a beautiful granite top. Granite slabs are incredibly durable and resistant to heat, stains and antibacterial buildup. Plus, the colors and patterns that you can potentially incorporate into an interior design with your granite coffee table can give the space a whole new look and feel. 
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5 Ways to Achieve a Cozy Kitchen or Bath Designs

October 18, 2012
"Cozy" is sometimes used to up-sell a small space, but large and luxurious kitchens and baths need a few elements that add a touch of coziness to keep them from feeling cold and sterile. To inspire fall home remodeling projects, here are five ways to make large and luxurious kitchens and baths a little cozier. 
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Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Remodel Kitchen Countertops & Baths

October 16, 2012
For outdated kitchens and baths, anytime is a good time to remodel and install new countertops, flooring and walls. But for savvy homeowners who want to be sure it is the right time to undergo a home renovation project, here are some considerations that may help with this type of decision. 
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Quartzite, Marble and Granite: Brushed finish is classic yet trendy

October 10, 2012

The process of selling marble and granite for countertops and vanities was relatively simple 10-15 years ago. Sales people who have worked in this industry for that long will tell you that majority of customers in those days were happy if they could find a nice Ubatuba, Butterfly, Giallo Ornamental, New Venetian Gold, Tan Brown, Sapphire Blue, Shivakashi, Colombo Juparana, White Carrara etc. Today by contrast we sometimes come across homeowners who go through at least 150 different colors from the most basic to most exotic and are still not sure if they fell in love with something. And the reason is unlimited material options and design ideas available in today's market.

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How Thick Should Your Granite or Marble Countertops Be?

October 09, 2012

The industry standards typically hover around 1 and 1/4 inch (or 3 centimeters) for granite and marble kitchen island countertops and 3/4 inch (or 2 centimeters) for bathroom granite and marble vanity tops. But as Dorothy Draper - interior decorating icon from the 30's and author of Decorating is Fun! - used to say, "I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right." And for some designers and homeowners today, thicker granite and marble kitchen islands and bathroom vanities just feel right! 

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Quartzites are not the same as Granite for your Kitchen Countertops

October 04, 2012
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With the new stylistic choice in countertops being light grey and white stones, a multitude of quartzites are the most optimal materials to use. It should be noted that granite countertops differ largely from quartzite and contains flaws you won't see in granite. Many selections to choose from include: Taj Mahal, Sea Pearl, Mother of Pearl, White Macaubas, Fantasy Brown and Symphony. More cream- and beige-colored ones include Nacarado and La Dolce Vita.

Whereas granite is an igneous rock found more abundantly than quartzite, deep in the earth's crust, providing the base for the many continents' sedimentary rock, quartzite consists of a larger volume of quartz than granite; under heat and pressure combined, quartzite is formed from sandstone and quartz, and with the amount of pressure undergone, empty grains of sandstone are stuffed with quartz. This means quartzite is actually harder. On the Mohs scale of hardness, from 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest, granite measures in at around 6-6.5, and quartzite measures in at approximately 7.

The principle flaw you'll find in quartzite is its tendency to etch in certain areas of countertops. Etching, or cutting and scratching into unprotected surfaces due to acid or other other substances, can be prevented by hone finished stone rather than polish finished. Honed countertops are not reflective, unlike polished, but it's more difficult to polish stone the harder it is. Because honed stone is smoother and flatter than polished, this can help prevent etching. While not as glossy as a polish surface finish, honed surfaces on harder materials are much more durable for quartzite kitchen countertops.

When in need of a premium kitchen countertop, Marble and Granite can help give you the results you've always wanted. Whether it's for quartzite or granite countertops, at marbleandgranite.com you can find the most reasonable and simple pricing for products, as well as locate fabricators and find dimensions that match your project. Visiting our warehouses in Westwood, MA or Milford, CT can offer you the option to browse through our products in person. The perfect countertop project can never be completed halfheartedly. Marble and Granite will make sure everything is handled with the professionalism and quality you deserve.
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Granite Countertops: The Right Price & the Right Dimensions

October 02, 2012
Choosing natural or engineered stone surfaces for a bathroom, kitchen or other interior space involves several decisions: size, thickness, color, pattern, edge profile and finish. That is why Marble and Granite stone provider in New England decided to make the process easier by publishing all prices and dimensions of our marble, granite, soapstone, slate, Caesarstone, Neolith and other products directly on our website
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