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The 21st Century Quarry Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

Technology has made the modern quarry a much different place. Take a first-hand look at several quarry operations. Diamond wire tooling has helped make the quarrying and slabbing process more affordable and efficient.

Thin Veneer Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

Natural thin stone veneer expands the use of natural stone on the exterior of buildings. A significant point of evolution of our industry has been thick dimensional building stone to thinner stone installed through curtainwall anchoring.

Rise of the Natural Stone Countertop Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

Perspectives on why natural stone is the top choice for kitchen countertops.

Natural Stone: Accept No Imitations Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

Natural stone is a timeless material with a bright future. Accept no imitations!

Sustainable Natural Stone Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

The natural stone industry is committed to sustainability.

Technology and the Stone Industry Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

Advancements in technology, machinery, and transportation have made natural stone more accessible and affordable than ever before.

Natural Stone Goes to Washington Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

Washington, DC is home to some of the most well-known stone structures in the United States.

Natural Stone Through the Years Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

Natural stone stands the test of time—these famous buildings are proof.

The Early Days of Using Natural Stone Video

by | May 23, 2017 | Videos

An abundance of natural stone is found worldwide. Learn how different types of natural stone have been used throughout the years.

Natural Stone: Where It All Began Video

by | May 22, 2017 | Videos

Natural stone has been used as a building material for centuries. Learn where it all began.

Use Natural Stone in Living and Work Spaces to Increase Well-Being

by | May 11, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

How Using Natural Stone in Living and Work Spaces Increases Well-Being.

Slate: From the Ocean Floor to Your Floor

by | Apr 26, 2017 | Working With Stone

Learn all about slate from the ocean floor to your floor.

7 Ways to Use Natural Stone to Increase Your Home’s Value

by | Apr 25, 2017 | Living With Stone

Read how upgrades featuring natural stone can increase real estate value.

Targeting Architects-in-Training to Foster a Love of Natural Stone

by | Apr 14, 2017 | Working With Stone

How 2 stone companies foster a love for natural stone among local students.

What You Should Know About Natural Thin Stone Veneer

by | Apr 5, 2017 | Working With Stone

Explore colors and patterns of thin stone veneer and applications options.

Why Natural Stone Is Your Best Choice for a Poolside Surface

by | Mar 22, 2017 | Living With Stone

Can you use stone flooring such as travertine and marble around your pool?

Kitchen Countertop Comparison Chart

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

Compare countertop materials. Consider price, durability, and maintenance.

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

How Natural Stone Helps Create Balance in Spas

by | Mar 2, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

A case study on Chicago’s River North featuring a natural stone focal point.

Getting to Know Your White Stones

by | Feb 23, 2017 | Working With Stone

Getting to know your white stones including marble, quartzite, and pegmatite.

Discovering New Forms of Art in Natural Stone

by | Feb 23, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

Natural Stone creates art that becomes the focal point of any interior living space.

Natural Stone Is Going Big and Bold in Interiors

by | Feb 9, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

How designers are using natural stone to make bold design statements.

Natural Stone and 2017 Color Trends

by | Feb 9, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

Designers use natural stone to compliment interesting color trends.

Using Natural Stone in the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project

by | Jan 30, 2017 | Working With Stone

A case study about award winning Minnesota State Capitol restoration project.

The Definitive Guide to Quartzite

by | Jan 24, 2017 | Working With Stone

The definitive guide to a commonly mislabeled natural stone, quartzite.

Building Off the Land: A Look at Historic Natural Stone Farmhouses

by | Jan 10, 2017 | Inspired by Stone

In many parts of the country, the most easily accessible material was natural stone.

Playing Hide and Seek with Granite

by | Dec 19, 2016 | Inspired by Stone

The entrance of Boston Children’s Hospital created a “hide and seek” style wall made of Mesabi Black® granite.

Fireplace Facelift: Remodel Your Fireplace in Natural Stone

by | Dec 13, 2016 | Living With Stone

Add beauty to your fireplace while creating a return on investment for your home.

How I Learned Not to Be Intimidated by My Marble Floors

by | Dec 7, 2016 | Living With Stone

How one homeowner learned not to be intimidated by her marble floors.

Research for Healing at the National Cancer Institute

by | Nov 2, 2016 | Inspired by Stone

A case study featuring stone cladding in a hospital building.

How Does Your Stone Garden Grow?

by | Oct 17, 2016 | Inspired by Stone

How to use natural stone in your garden landscape.

A Blueprint for the Future

by | Oct 10, 2016 | Working With Stone

A case study showing how cultured stone has performed in one community.

Singing the Praises of Natural Stone in the Shower

by | Oct 4, 2016 | Living With Stone

What you should know before installing stone in wet areas.

The Healing Elements of Natural Stone

by | Sep 26, 2016 | Inspired by Stone

Why one landscape designer uses natural stone in hospital healing gardens.