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The many marbles of the Washington Monument

Can you spot the color change from this distance?

From afar, the Washington Monument seems like a relatively simple, straightforward piece of construction. A tall, stone pillar of a seemingly monochrome tint, it stands upright in ...

3 iconic types of marble

The Pantheon's porch is made partly from Pentelic marble.

Marble is one of those types of stone that just about anyone can recognize when looking at. Of course, this isn't saying much - to say you know marble when you see it is like ...

Top 3 masonry structures through history

The Great Wall is the longest man-made structure on earth.

When it comes to world famous monuments and structures, it's always the flashier stones that hog the limelight. Marble, limestone, slate, even sandstone - there's no shor...

3 stone care scenarios and the products they require

When the worst happens to your stone, there are some products you can turn to.

Remember your parents' classic trick for getting stains out of your clothes? Pour a little club soda on then stain, then scrub gently or intensely, depending on the severity o...

When wood becomes stone

Over millions of years, these trees could petrify.

Readers who have been paying attention will know all about how limestone is a fossilized rock, made up of millions of bits of shells, sand and mud compressed together thousands of ...

Top 3 stone mysteries

Some of these mysteries are downright spine-tingling.

When it comes to stone, some things are clear cut:Acid and stone don't play well together;If you want your stone to last, you've got to take care of itIf you want to ensu...

Top 3 weirdest sources of stains

These seagulls could end up being a menace to your stone.

You're probably well aware of some of the more common types of stains that can afflict your stone: Water, oil, coffee, leaves, just to name a few. In fact, we wrote a whole ar...

A brief guide to post-sealing surface protection

Sealing your stone isn't a fool-proof surface protection solution.

Anyone who's ever used a Dry-Treat sealer, such as STAIN-PROOF Original™, knows you're dealing with a reliable and highly effective product. As far we're conce...

Keeping up with The Motherland Calls

The Motherland Calls is a mightily impressive feat of concrete architecture.

As a race, humanity has been responsible for some incredible structures. From the immensity of the Tokyo Skytree and Spring Temple Buddha through to smaller-scale but no less aston...

What has water ever done for my stone?

Water is not necessarily the nemesis of stone surfaces.

Natural stone enthusiasts and owners have something of a love-hate relationship. Yes, true, it's a life-sustaining substance without which our natural environment would dry up...

Top 3 global suppliers of stone

Brazil is where the US gets the biggest share of its foreign stone from.

Have you ever looked at stone and wondered where it came from? That limestone patio could literally be a little Italy, while your granite countertop might be a small piece of ...

The Red Center: A treasure trove of surface protection lessons

We firmly believe that if you want to get to better know the natural stone in your home, you have to look at what the name implies - nature. The stone surfaces in your property - w...

Why should I use slate for my roofing material?

Slate roofs tend to last for a long time.

In the modern world, we're spoiled for choice when it comes to building materials. Just look at the range of possibilities when it comes to roofing alone: Wood, asphalt, metal...

50 shades of…marble?

Marble like this screams sophistication.

Everyone and their grandmother has heard about 50 Shades of Grey. Starting out as one fan's take on a beloved series of books, the story - which follows the unorthodox love af...

Can I cut food on my counter top?

On surfaces like marble or limestone, a cutting board is essential.

A kitchen counter top exists for the messy business of preparing food. Rolling meat around on it, covering it in messy ingredients, spilling drinks of all kinds on its surface - wh...

A slip-free sealer for the changing face of the USA

The right sealer can help maintain your stone's slip resistance.

Among the many demographic changes faced by the USA, one of the most significant is the gradually ageing population. According to the Housing America's Older Adults report rel...

Turkish stone comes back in vogue

Your stone might have come from the beautiful coasts of Turkey.

The stone used to make various features in your home doesn't all necessarily come from one place. The natural stone industry is a global one, and material comes from not just ...

Top 3 types of American marble

Alabama is home to one of the finest building stones in the world.

If you're not well versed in the ways of marble, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's only one variety in the world. In reality, there's not even one kin...

Top 3 historical stones

The Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous stones in history.

Natural stone plays a vital role in our daily lives, serving as a tough, durable surface material for a variety of household applications. Your bathroom floor and wall? A kitchen s...

Top 4 stones in popular culture

Stone has featured in some great moments through pop culture.

It's no surprise that, here at Surfacepedia, we're a little bit stone-crazy. Marble, sandstone, porcelain - whatever it is, as long as it's hard and formed over mill...

How granite can keep your kitchen bacteria-free

Granite can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your kitchen.

You may not realize it, but your kitchen may well be the dirtiest part of your entire house. In a much-cited, widely reported study from 2005, researchers for the University of Ari...

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Top 3 state stones you’ve probably never heard of

The sandstone which makes up the Valley of Fire is Nevada's official state rock.

Recently at Surfacepedia, we gave you a short (and hopefully interesting!) history of one of the most famous types of American stone: Yule marble, the state rock of Colorado. ...

Colorado’s pride and joy: Yule marble

Did you know Colorado's state rock is Yule marble?

The United States is a nation blessed with an abundance of natural resources. From sea to shining sea, it holds deep reserves of every type of natural resource you can think of, fr...

Which stone should I choose for my kitchen countertop?

There are so many types of stone out there - but which is right for your countertop?

Natural stone is a versatile material. It can, and typically is, used for a wide variety of applications around the home, from walls and flooring to roofs and backsplashes. Perh...

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Whether brown, black or grey, slate is the green choice

Despite its grey color, slate is actually very green.

Slate seems to have it all. It's attractive for one, coming in a number of deep, somber hues. It's versatile, being able to be used for everything from floors and outdoor areas to ...

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