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Marble and Granite, Inc. unveils Internet Pricing

February 23, 2012

What a commotion we created last week when we published the retail price of our materials on our website. The trade, such as builders, architects and designers as well as consumers welcomed the change but the loudest complaint came from our customers, the fabricators. Of course, we have changed the way the final price is presented to the customers, although the price itself hasn't changed. Kitchen countertops will continue to cost roughly the same but now the consumer will be more knowledgeable about how their money is spent.
The most common question asked was: "Will you sell direct?". Our answer is: "When it makes sense for the customer". For a homeowner renovating a kitchen or building their new house, it really does not make financial sense. They would be purchasing full slabs and all the waste, taking ownership of the product with all the risk that it entails, and they would not  be prepared to handle or transport the slabs properly and safely. However, for some of the trade- developers, builders and kitchen dealers- it could make sense depending on the business arrangement that they have with their fabricators.

To find out more about the project cost breakdown, you can click here download this document that will explain in detail the cost of a kitchen countertop. 

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Marble and Granite, Inc introduces NeoLith by TheSize

February 21, 2012
Marble and Granite, Inc introduces NeoLith by TheSize

NeoLith by TheSize is one of those products that instantly amazes you. It is incredibly durable and looks fabulous, keeping its luster regardless of use. It is transportable and can be recycled without harmful emissions. It can be cut to size and glued a the surface and used for just about anything. It resists UV rays of the great outdoors and is also excellent for any room, new or remodeled. It has been in production since 2009 and is catching on as the surface to use.

The use of NeoLith by TheSize offers great advantages. This product has no pores. Therefore, it cannot absorb stains or odors. When something has spilled on the surface and abrasive cleaners are employed, the stains are removed with no adverse effect to the NeoLith. There is no ability for and bacteria, mold or fungus to anchor on its surface. Because it is very thin, it is lightweight and easy to transport, even though it is amazingly durable. For instance, it will not burn easily and it is very resistant to scratches. It is available in a plethora of colors, thereby making it easy to fit your color scheme.

The list is too great to name all of its uses. NeoLith by TheSize is amazingly thin and yet incredibly durable. In fact, the guarantee on this material is well over a decade. However, to give an idea, it can be used for countertops, walls inside and out and floors. This can be ordered in slabs or tile form of various sizes. Its depth is available from 3mm to 8mm, making a beautiful final product. When ordering from a sample, you will be pleased, for the process of manufacturing gives for a uniform result.

The reason it is so durable and lasts for such a long time while still looking great and feeling smooth, NeoLith by TheSize is made from pure sand or clay into a ceramic. The raw clay is molded and glazed. This unique glaze is what makes it so very resistant to scratches and stains. This is then placed into a kiln and baked. When fully fused, it is removed from the kiln with a slow decrease in temperatures.

Once you see it for yourself, you will wish to use it in your home and for your places of business. NeoLith by TheSize is an excellent product in any setting. You can see the line of Neolith colors that Marble and Granite stocks by clicking here.
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2012 Survey Shows Majority Agree Nothing Beats Granite Countertops

February 16, 2012

Those who once thought granite countertops were just a trend better think again. Harris Interactive conducted a new survey commissioned by the Marble Institute of America to find out how many American homeowners still prefer granite countertops to other countertop surfaces. Out of the 1,588 American homeowners surveyed last month, 76% of them agreed with the statement "Nothing beats the beauty and value of granite countertops." This was the second survey Harris Interactive has conducted like this, with the first one in 2008 resulting in 55% of consumers preferring granite countertops. Here are the results of the January 2012 survey that confirms granite as the No.1 choice for countertop surfaces in 2012 despite economic and industry trends in the last few years.  

• 75% of homeowners who intend to remodel their kitchen in the next couple of years plan on getting granite countertops.

• 89% of homeowners agreed granite countertops are safe. 

• 91% of homeowners agreed granite countertops are durable.  

• 93% of homeowners agreed granite countertops are beautiful. 

As you can see, homeowners overwhelmingly recognize that granite countertops enhance the value of your home more than any other surface. Not only do homeowners agree granite countertops are a safe investment with their high resale value, but they prefer the look of granite countertops as well. As Marble Institute of America CEO states in an article, "Independent consumer surveys have consistently shown that Americans love the natural look of granite and value it above other countertop products."

 

Read more about the Harris Interactive survey commissioned by the Marble Institute of American online

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The True Appeal of High Quality Granite Countertops

February 14, 2012

Some would say that they are just countertops. But a recent article from the Washington Post goes beyond the surface to find out just what makes granite countertops so popular. As the article chronicles, granite countertops can be somewhat of a prized possession. 

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6 Tips for Helping Clients Pick Best Value Granite Countertops

February 10, 2012
A good architect, contractor or designer knows that working with clients to achieve the highest success in a project is just as much an art as the actual work is. Clients can become overwhelmed by the available options. This is especially true when it comes to selecting granite for countertops. As one of the most popular and widely used surfaces on the market, granite countertops now come in endless sizes, colors and finishes. From an article in Remodeling Magazine, here are some valuable tips for helping clients choose the granite countertops that will optimize beauty and home value.  
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New Trends for Granite Countertops: White Carrara Marble

February 07, 2012

While marble is known to be a natural stone surface that requires higher maintenance, it is still one of the most coveted surfaces to have in the home. Since some homeowners are hesitant to choose marble countertops because of its susceptibility to stains, they are finding alternate ways to incorporate marble in the kitchen. A prominent trend in kitchen design that has emerged in the last couple of years is the marble backsplash. Designers and homeowners are turning to carrera marble and other white marbles to achieve eye-catching, dramatic backsplash. Here are some of the styles and applications in which this marble backsplash trend is appearing in the design industry. 

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Different Edge Options for Unique Granite Countertops

February 02, 2012

In the post below, we discussed how the type of edges chosen for granite countertops can enhance their beauty as a focal point in any style kitchen. So now we would like to explore some of the possibilities when it comes to choosing edges on granite countertops. The slightest variance in the shape of the edge can significantly affect the look of the stone. The edges that will optimize the form and function of granite countertops will depend on the size, style and layout of the kitchen. From the most common to the more customized, here are just some of the edging options that architects, contractors, designers and homeowners have to choose from. 

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Exquisite Granite Countertops for a Beautiful Focal Point

January 28, 2012

Every design requires a focal point. It is the element that draws the eye and directs it where to go. It helps create contrast and movement for a design that is cohesive and interesting. A timeless technique in kitchen designing is to create a focal point out of the island, particularly through countertop surfaces. Because of their unique, unrivaled beauty, granite reigns as a top choice for achieving countertops that make bold statements. Whether its through color, movement or shape, there are many different ways that granite countertops can be used to create fantastic focal points in a kitchen design. The sensational movement and extensive color variations of these granite countertops creates an bold, eye-catching focal point for the contemporary kitchen design.

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5 Easy Ways for Cleaning Granite Countertops

January 24, 2012

Keeping your granite countertops clean is crucial to protecting your stone investment. Although granite is the most durable stone surface in the industry, it can still be vulnerable to scratches or stains if it is not properly maintained and cared for. To help you keep your granite countertops looking new for years to come, here are five easy tips for cleaning granite countertops straight from the stone experts here at Marble and Granite

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Granite Countertops More Affordable Today Than Ever

January 20, 2012

Every single piece of granite is unique, which is why homeowners, architects and designers often prefer this natural stone over other countertop surfaces. But as of recent years, there is another reason why granite still remains one of the most popular countertop materials on the market. The cost of granite countertops has become more affordable. Here is what a kitchen designer told the Chicago Daily Herald in a recent article entitled "Price, Quality Make Granite King of the Kitchen Remodel?"

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