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Pointers for Proper Tile Installation

May 26, 2011
Marble and Granite offers an array of tiles from around the world, providing beautiful, durable products for your home. Before installing your tile, here are a few points to consider.  Keep in mind that the guidelines for particular projects may vary. Verify proper installation techniques for each project.

Tiles are often transported in boxes of 10 tiles each, weighing approximately 60 lbs. Handle with care.

After ensuring that you have received the proper order, remove the tiles from the box and arrange them in the designated space in a random order; it is not necessary or recommended to arrange the tiles in the order in which they were shipped. Consider the direction of the stone's veining to create a unified arrangement.




Once you have laid out the stone, ensure that there are extras for odd spaces, errors, etc. If you do not have adequate tiles for the space do not proceed. Ordering additional tiles may result in inconsistent tone.

When installing tile, you have the option of using adhesive or mechanical anchoring. The recommended technique depends on the size of the tiles and where you will put them. Indoor and outdoor installations have different methods so be sure to verify with a fabricator or installer.

Also, if you are not installing the tile yourself, speak with the installer and  approve the grout that he or she plans to use on your project. Color and material will effect the overall look of your project.

Source: Marble and Granite

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Color Series: White Countertops

May 20, 2011
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While black countertops are dramatic, white countertops provide a foundation for numerous design styles and create the illusion of space. Marble and Granite carries nearly 100 types of white countertops. Chose from natural stone such as marble and granite or engineered stone like CaesarStone.

For the whitest white, Crystal Glass offers Crystallized White and Milky White slabs in polished 2cm and 3cm grades. CaesarStone's Blizzard, and Pure White quartz surfaces provide a bit of variation within the material for subtle hints of gray and tan. Nougat and Eggshell are beautiful neutral colors that works well with cool and warm earth tones.

The unique patterns of marble create white countertops with a twist, including veins of gray, silver, and even greens and yellows. Supai and Guatemalan Danby provide fairly consistent color with little veining. In contrast, the dramatic patterns found in the Egeo Ondulato and Calacatta Original add visual interest to your surfaces.

Granite provides similar variations among white varieties. Bethel White and London White hold consistent color and are like blank slates for your kitchen or bath design. The exotic Golden Romano from Brazil streams tan, gold, and black through its white base.

With hundreds of selections to chose from, you are sure to find a natural or man-made product to complete your kitchen or bath. Visit our showrooms conveniently located in Westwood, MA and Milford, CT.
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Color Series: Black Granites

May 19, 2011
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You’ve learned What Gives Granite Its Color and Pattern,  now explore the vast variety of granites that Marble and Granite has to offer. In the upcoming Color Series, take a look at product options within each color family. This week, we will explore black granite.

We carry 27 different types of black granite, including Cambrian Black, Atlantic Black, Smokey Black, Anthracite Black, Impala Black and three types of Absolute Black, among others. The truth is, black isn’t just black. Buyers can choose from a variety of options with different degrees of sheen, shimmer, different size granules, and hints of other minerals for varying influences of color.

Our international buyers seek granite from the far reaches of the globe including Brazil, India, South Africa, Ukraine, Canada, and China. The diversity of stone—even in such a seemingly simple color like black—provides consumers with the variety needed to find the perfect fit for their design.

Image and Source: MarbleandGranite.com
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Edge Profiles for Your Countertops

May 14, 2011
Marble and Granite carries quality slabs of natural stone that can be customized to meet your personal style and taste. The Marble Institute of America provides consumers with a few guidelines for customizing the edges of their natural stone products.

Edge profiles (or edge details) describe the decorative edges carved into natural stone. In addition to adding visual interest to the stone, edge profiles also create tactile differences that may effect the functionality of your space. Smoother edges are usually desired on countertops, especially near areas like the sink where someone washing dishes might rest his or her weight. In contrast, crisp edges are often more desirable for tiles.

For contemporary designs, consider more simplistic edge profiles for your countertops such as Pencil Round or Double Pencil Round, Radius or Double Radius. These edge types provide cleans lines with a bit more visual interest and comfort than Straight with Chamfer Eased edges, for example. For traditional designs, consider Ogee Roundover or Cove Dupont edged countertops. Such detailing complements the ornate accents of traditional and old world designs.

Source: Marble Institute of America

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Preview Your Remodel with the Stonepedia App!

May 12, 2011
May is National Remodeling Month! This is an exciting time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom into the space you’ve always dreamed about. Concerned about where to start with the natural stone component of your project? Try the Stonepedia app for your mobile device!

Yes, there is an app for that. Stonepedia provides users with a storehouse of more than 1,400 pictures of over 500 different types of marble and granite! Download the images directly to your mobile device including iPhones and iPads. Need a second opinion on your natural stone selections? Email or Picture Mail samples to your partner or friends. It is a great way to find the direction for your next project.

Stonepedia also offers customer support. If you have questions about the qualities of a particular stone, its installation or maintenance, Stonepedia can provide you with answers! Get expert advice from the minds of the Marble and Granite Inc crew, the creators of Stonepedia and the one of the largest natural stone distributors in the region.

Marble and Granite has the resources and materials that you need to make your project a success.
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What Gives Granite Its Color and Pattern?

May 07, 2011
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Appreciate your granite countertops for all of their natural and intricate beauty. Marble and Granite has buyers throughout the world locating and selecting high quality granites with blends of minerals to provide unique colors and patterns for your home.

Granite is one of the most common igneous rocks used in residential design. Mined from all continents around the world, it is composed of numerous minerals that have fused together or formed under high pressure. Common minerals found in granite are quarts K-feldspars, plagioclase feldspars, potassium, and micas.

Quartz is one of the last minerals to form in granite. It acts as a bond between other minerals. Although it is colorless, it often appears gray because it reflects the colors of dark and light minerals around it. Mica is found in two major varieties in granite: muscovite, biotite and lepidolite. Muscovite and Biotite are forms of mica that quartz may reflect for its silver and black properties, respectively. In lepidolite form, mica may give granite a or violet of pink color.



Additional color sources in granite include K feldspars. K feldspars provide a variety of colors for granite including blues, blacks, pinks and yellows. Plagioclase feldspars are often white with a pearly finish.

For quality granite products in colors to match any design, call Marble and Granite at 877-39-STONE.

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Durable, Sustainable Curava Countertops

May 05, 2011
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If you have visited Marble and Granite's new showroom in Westwood, you may have notice the beautiful new countertops. Bring showroom beauty into your kitchen with recycled glass countertops by Curava.

Marble and Granite, Inc. introduces Curava recycled glass countertops. Curava is the leading manufacturer of recycled glass slabs. Their newest line uses a concrete, recycled clay and recycled glass mixture to form beautiful countertops with just the right amount of sparkle: The Standard Color line with its finely ground particles of glass provide buyers with neutral options that are sleek and sophisticated. The Splendid Color line boasts larger glass fragments for high-caliber shine and a unique finish.

Both lines are available through the Marble and Granite headquarters in Westwood, Massachusetts and in their warehouse in Milford, Connecticut. We are the largest natural stone distributor in New England with slabs for any design. Select the perfect countertop for your home and have it shipped within a day.

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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.



Source and Images: Sonobath.com
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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 marbleandgranite.com.

Source: Denver Post

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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 marbleandgranite.com for details.

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