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October 5, 2010

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Marble: Not All Stone is Created Equal

September 15, 2010

To most buyers, the color and pattern of marble is of utmost importance. But, did you know that there are actually signification differences in the quality and durability of marble depending on where it was quarried and processed?

Natural Stone Alternatives: Engineered products

June 19, 2010

Man-made materials like Zodiac, Caesarstone, and concrete offer an alternative to quarried materials. Learn about the pros and cons of each product at our CEU classes.

The Devil’s in the Details: Why Big Box Stores Aren’t Such a Bargain

May 21, 2010

When shopping for natural stone, consumers will quickly get a sense of the “per square foot” cost of the various stone options. Unfortunately, this is only part of the equation. Edge details, installation, and fabrication are a major factor in the finished cost of your new countertops. A recent study by the Marble Institute of America shows that Big-Box store stone is often more expensive than products purchased through specialty fabricators.

Environmental Choices: Buying Green Countertops

April 21, 2010

Countertops have come a long way in terms of green options. Recycled glass, paper-based-composites, and fly-ash concrete are just a few “green” materials available in today’s engineered composites. And, if you’re looking for more “green” natural stones, there are many sustainably quarried stones to choose from.