Natural Stone

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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How to conduct an acid sensitivity test on your stone

An acid sensitivity test can be conducted with household vinegar.

Ensuring quality surface protection for your stone - whether it be with a sealer or by being careful with the particular substances you use around a stone - means knowing what ston...

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Stone origins: American Bluestone

Bluestone has a complex set of origins.

When you ask someone about bluestone, depending on where they're from, you're likely to get some vastly different answers. The single name 'bluestone' refers to a number of differe...

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Stone origins: Travertine

Travertine is a sedimentary rock formed from limestone.

In some ways, limestone is like the patriarch of stone products. Not only is it a fantastic product by itself that looks great as the material for any number of features, it's also...

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Stone origins: Granite

These granite tiles were once hot, molten rock swimming beneath the earth.

When you think of hard, long-lasting and durable, there tends to be one particular stone that comes to mind above all others: Granite. Granite is known as one of the toughest stone...

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Stone origins: Slate

This floor is technically older than the dinosaurs.

Slate is incredibly versatile, able to be used for a variety of applications around the home. Not only can this stone serve as the basis for flooring or countertops, as the Nationa...

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Stone origins: Marble

Your marble hallway is the product of epic geological processes.

Your glistening marble floor or countertop may well be the pride of your home. But have you ever wondered where this now-impressive centerpiece of your home got its start? The ori...

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Stone origins: Sandstone

Sandstone is the process of millions of years of stone deposition.

A sandstone wall can make for a great feature for your garden, driveway or just about any other part of the house. Sandstone has a knack for adding an earthy, grounded feel to what...

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Choosing the right stone for your kitchen features

Stone can add elegance to the kitchen - if you use it right.

The kitchen: For some it's the centerpiece of the home, the area around which the rest of the home decor and layout revolves. For others, it's simply one room among many, but one v...

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You don’t need Greenstone to have a green stone

Natural stone can be healthy for the environment.

Climate change is a hot topic lately, pardon the pun. With world leaders trying to reduce its effects and experts warning of the potential consequences of doing nothing, it seems ...

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Stone: The key ingredient in recent housing design trends

What better way to replicate that spa feel than with luxurious natural stone?

Recent housing trends across America are showing just how versatile natural stone can be for design and construction. A July 14 article published by the LaCrosse Tribune highlig...

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Understanding porosity: How to select the right stone for your needs

Marble, limestone and travertine are more porous and require extra attention.

While shopping around for the perfect natural stone for your home, you will come across a variety of colorful jargon. However, unless you have a background in stone care or mainten...

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More homeowners likely looking to renovate

Two projects that gave homeowners plenty to smile about when it came to recouping costs were bathroom and kitchen remodels.

It's no surprise that people are more willing to renovate their homes and add natural stone to their properties when the weather is nice, especially if they plan on doing outside w...

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The benefits of cleaning green

Plenty of home and business owners are aware of the sustainable aspects of natural stone. As the Natural Stone Council points out, stone is "inherently earth-friendly". "Natu...

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Let the sun shine on your stone!

Instead of worrying about getting rid of mold and mildew, you can lounge in your yard and get the enjoyment out of the space you deserve.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of kicking back in your very own patio and soaking up some sun. Then again, a little too much heat can leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfort...

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Match wood with stone for a classic countertop look

Mixing and matching stone and wood in your kitchen, particularly when it comes to countertops, can create a look that walks the line between modern and rustic.

There's no doubt natural stone has plenty of aesthetic value all on its own, but sometimes matching the stone in your home with another material can bring out the best in both of t...

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Enhance the color of your stone

When you're looking for surface protection from stains, wouldn't it make sense to use a product that will also do more to enhance colors?

One of the best things about natural stone is that unlike man-made materials, the look of each stone is completely unique. No two stones are exactly the same, and the flecks of col...

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Stones need to breathe?

No, natural stones don't have lungs.

Of all the things to consider when maintaining and protecting natural stone, breatheability should be chief among them. However, if you're new to surface protection, you may be ...

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Dos and don’ts for regular and heavy duty cleaning

Standard cleaning should be done as often as necessary to prevent the buildup of grime and dirt.

There's a right way and a wrong way to accomplish any task, even something like cleaning your natural stone. In fact, when it comes to cleaning stone, whether it's a standard clean...

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Go for the real deal when it comes to stone

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Most people understand the durability and aesthetic value that comes with natural stone, but price points often stop home and business owners from incorporating it into their desig...

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