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Granite: What’s In a Name?

by | Dec 7, 2017 | Working With Stone

In the natural stone industry, “granite” often means any hard stone that is not marble. This article will talk about igneous rocks that comprise most of the granite family.

Understanding the Cost of Granite Countertops

by | Nov 5, 2017 | Living With Stone

Cost is a major deciding factor in most purchasing decisions. There are many factors that go into the process, which makes every homeowner’s situation unique.

That’s a Gneiss Stone!

by | Nov 3, 2017 | Working With Stone

Gneiss is among the most common commercial stones, but you may not have heard of gneiss because it’s almost always classified as granite.

As Seen On: Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford

by | Aug 7, 2017 | Videos

Home owners work together to renovate their patio featuring an outdoor kitchen.

Saving a Piece of History with Natural Stone

by | Jun 21, 2017 | Working With Stone

How stone is reused, repurposed, or recycled for new applications and projects.

Pros & Cons of Granite Countertops

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

When choosing a countertop surface for your kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider. If granite has made it to the top of your list, read through the article below to determine if its advantages and disadvantages make it a good choice for your family.

Granite vs. Marble

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Marble has been a popular trend in kitchen countertops for the past several years. If you compare performance characteristics in a kitchen environment, granite is the better choice.

Granite vs. Quartzite

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Granite and quartzite have very similar performance statistics. Quartzite is generally harder and denser and the pattern is more like marble which is appealing to many homeowners.

Granite vs. Limestone & Travertine

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Limestone and travertine will etch when exposed to the acids and bases present in many cleaning products and common kitchen ingredients such as vinegar, bleach, citrus, and wine.

Granite vs. Onyx

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Onyx is not a good option for most countertops, but it does make for a beautiful backsplash. Its beauty and translucence make it appealing, but still not practical.

Granite vs. Slate

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Slate slabs are generally small compared to marble and granite so more seams will be necessary to complete a kitchen project. In fact, many slate quarries are limited to tile production because of the sizes of usable material that exist.

Granite vs. Soapstone

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Soapstone is quite soft, making it a favorite material for the DIY homeowner for use as countertops. It is also non-porous so there is no need to seal it.

Granite vs. Porcelain & Sintered Surface

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Two of the newest countertop surfaces on the market today, are Porcelain and Sintered Surface. New technology and trial and error have given way to material that mimics the look of natural marble.

Granite vs. Hardwood & Butcher Block

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Nothing beats the warmth and traditional charm of butcher block countertops. Many homeowners are choosing to use a combination of wood and granite, or another hard surface, in their kitchens.

Granite vs. Quartz Surfacing

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Quartz countertops are a big trend in today’s market. Brands such as Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq are readily available in a large variety of colors.

Granite vs. Solid Surface

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Common solid surface brands include Corian and Hi-Macs. They are made of acrylic and come in many colors.

Granite vs. Laminate

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Laminate countertops have been very popular for years because they are affordable and readily available. You may know them better by the common brand name, Formica.

Granite vs. Ceramic Tile

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Ceramic Tile countertops were very popular in the 70s. In some regions of the United States, they are still seen in many homes.

Granite vs. Stainless Steel

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Though not common in residential kitchens, you’ve likely seen stainless steel countertops in commercial settings. They are easy to clean and heat resistant.

Granite vs. Concrete

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Concrete countertops were a short-lived trend in the early 2000s. They are still seen occasionally, though. They are quite porous and even with sealer, can easily be stained.

Granite vs. Recycled Glass

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

“Recycled” is a popular term for homeowners concerned with sustainability. These countertop surfaces are made with glass chips from a variety of materials

Creative Reclamation: Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

by | Aug 31, 2016 | Working With Stone

What happens to old quarries after they are no longer operational?

Going Green with Granite

by | Jun 13, 2016 | Inspired by Stone

Greens go with just about everything: with black, stainless steel, and maple or cherry cabinets.

A Monumental Stone Tribute

by | Mar 21, 2016 | Inspired by Stone

A four-acre memorial featuring thousands of tons of Mount Airy granite.

A Beginner’s Guide to Stone Selection

by | Mar 8, 2016 | Living With Stone, Resources

Stone is versatile and can be used in many places throughout your home.