The Rare Beauty of Super White Granite

June 13, 2013
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We’ve Got You Covered! Marble & Granite, Inc. sells all of your stone cleaning products.

June 11, 2013

HomeDivine Kitchens 

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Using the Tools Properly When Pricing Granite Countertops

June 06, 2013
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Thanks to the transparency of the cost of stone that Marble and Granite, Inc. has provided you, the power to budget properly for your project is in your hands. You won't be subject to hours of looking at stone samples only to learn that your choice is beyond your means. You may find products you have not previously considered that could reduce the cost considerably. But one other important aspect of the budget remains and that is the cost of installation. When you remove the cost of materials from the equation, you can now accurately compare bids from different fabricators.

As you receive bids, you may find a wide gap between them. Be careful not to assume that the service is identical.There are many factors that contribute to the cost of labor and you should know exactly what you are buying. There are a number of questions you will want to ask before you make a decision.

When you seek a bid from an installer, there are general questions you should address such as whether he is a licensed contractor in good standing with your State Board of Contractors. You will want to make sure he is fully insured and that he has experience with stone installation. Here is a checklist of issues specific to stone installation you should address:
  • Are you paying for the entire slab of stone or just that portion used for your job?
  • Will all the pieces used come from the same lot or will remnants of the same color from other jobs be included?
  • If the stone is broken or damaged during installation, will the contractor pay for the replacement?
  • Is he certified to cut Caesarstone?
  • Is there a price difference in fabrication of marble versus granite?
  • Will there be seams in the counters or backsplash? Where are they?
  • Will the stone be sealed and if so, what sealer?
  • Is there an additional charge for sink cut outs?
  • Is the installation warranted against seam separation or sink failure?
  • How is the dishwasher handled?
  • What is the lead time from template to installation date?
When you compare the costs that contribute to the bids, you will see that pricing granite countertops is more complex than you may have thought. But now that you can see the costs, you can determine what elements are of the most value to you. You certainly don't want to pay for damages should they occur, so the insured contractor may have the most reasonable bid, even if his price is a little higher than the uninsured.

Marble and Granite, Inc. is happy to provide you with a list of fabricators in your area. This list is carefully compiled from the top fabricators in the industry to help you find the best installers when you are pricing granite countertops.
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The Green Side of Natural Stone Countertops

June 04, 2013
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An Impacting New Material: Neolith

May 28, 2013
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Top 10 Tips: Caring For Natural Stone Countertops

May 23, 2013

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Everyone knows that natural stone surfaces are beautiful. But not everyone knows how to care for them. At Marble and Granite, Inc., we get a lot of questions from our customers about proper care and maintenance of natural stone used for countertops, flooring, walls, and more. We’ve compiled our “Top 10 Tips” to help de-mystify the do’s and don'ts of living with natural stone.

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Why Online Pricing For Granite Countertops?

May 21, 2013
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Checked out the hottest club in town? Did you see Neolith?

May 16, 2013

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If you’ve not yet been to Club 342 , you’ve got to check it out! There may be no DJ “spinning” a pulsating beat from his Mac laptop or swanky cocktails with Elderflower liquor…or maybe there will be?

Club 342  is the new private “Designers Club” in the Boston Design Center  that’s available for designers to use for work, meetings, conferences, and even special events. Designed by Marcus Gleysteen Architects   and built by Sanford Custom Builders , the club was made possible through donations by several Boston area tradesmen and furnished and accessorized through generous donations from several BDC showrooms.

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Don’t Be Fooled! Know the facts about radon gas on your granite countertops.

May 15, 2013
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Neolith From The Size Makes a Big Impression at KBIS

May 09, 2013

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Featuring a large, gently curving rear wall comprised entirely of Neolith, The Size booth at last week’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)  was abuzz over this unique, versatile material.

Showcasing how Neolith is ideal for countertops, cabinets, wall coverings, flooring, facades and so much more, the company’s display demonstrated what makes this material special. A ceramic made of 100-percent clay or sand, the material is resistant to scratching, stains, heat, fire, chemicals, cold, heat and even UV rays. Neolith  is a hygienic surface that’s extremely low-maintenance and easy to clean. It also stands up to high traffic, continuing to look like new for a lifetime.

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