Why are most natural stones imported? What is the quality difference ?

Sources of natural stone with desirable qualities are found all over the world, in many different locations. Some sources are better than others due to the stones’ appearance, hardness, and other qualities. Therefore, stone may be quarried in China, India, Europe, South America, and of course some come from Malaysia e.g Ipoh, Langkawi, Terengganu and Borneo.  Cost of processing is also a factor. Since natural stone has been used as…

PROS AND CONS OF QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS

Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops Quartz Counter-tops are relatively new, but they’ve found a loyal following because of their many good qualities such as their attractive appearance, durability and the fact they don’t have some of the weaknesses of natural stone. Also called engineered stone countertops, quartz countertops are here to stay. Here is a look at their strengths and weaknesses. Reasons to Consider Quartz Countertops Quartz is a…

Marble, Marble, Marble

The word ‘marble’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘shining stone’, aptly describing this masonry dream, which was highly regarded and often used by master painter and sculptor, Michaelangelo. He favoured Carrara marble due to its beauty, white gleam, beautiful reflection qualities and stunning malleability. A soft stone that originated in Greece, marble has been a symbol of prestige through the ages since 447 BC when the Parthenon was…

When it comes to maintaining a beautiful stone finish, each application needs to be evaluated individually

Stone has many variables, and because stone care is an inexact science, it is important to approach each situation with extreme caution. Each and every situation should have several small test patches completed to assure expected results. It is very important for stone care to be addressed in three separate categories: Protection, Maintenance and Restoration. This article will cover two: Protection and Maintenance. What is reasonable to expect for protection…

Quarry Queries – Travertine

Today we’ll take a look at travertine, one of the most sophisticated and enduring natural stones. Travertine is formed when particles of calcium carbonate are deposited on the earth’s surface by rivers, natural springs, or geysers. This water flow gives travertine the concentric rings or waves of movement usually seen when the stone is crosscut, as well as the layers shown when it is vein-cut. Colors of travertine range from…

Perfect Marble Details and Ideas for Bathroom Designs

Marble and bathrooms mix together to create the perfect fresh and elegant look whilst keeping a modern touch. We love the texture and the subtle tones that you can find in marble, the patterns created by the veins in the Stone fabulous effects that give strength and personality to fashion your Luxury Bath Ambience.…

Marble Tile Vs. Porcelain: Why marble comes out on Top

Marble and porcelain are very different materials. They’re made differently, they feel differently, and they certainly look differently. There are some cool new things being done in porcelain today, such as finishes that look like natural stone or wood planks. But the bottom line is…you really can’t replicate the look of Marble . If the cool, rich, and elegant look of marble is what you desire, then your choice is…

Why Granite is Still (Counter) Tops

Lately, a lot of our consumer questions have centered on the “next big thing.” Homeowners remodeling their kitchens want to know which material they should use now that granite is no longer “tops.” First of all, let’s pump the brakes! This isn’t entirely accurate, and here’s why… It’s true that for the past two decades, granite has been the “go to” material for high-end residential countertops. Granite has been the…