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    Creative Ways to Use Natural Stone

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Granite, marble, and other natural stone used for building around the home aren’t limited to countertops and flooring. These stone types are versatile enough for application almost anywhere you can imagine.

    In this video, you will learn innovative ways to use natural stone throughout your home. Because natural stone can be cut into unique shapes, you can make countertops, sinks, and common stone surfaces stand out with laminated and layered edges. Try using natural stone for shower seats and shelves in the bathroom or to line your fireplace hearths. Remember that some stone has naturally beautiful veining, and can be the basis of your area’s design.

    Colonial Marble and Granite provides every type of natural stone surface used for home construction projects. Call us at (484) 685-0426 to learn how we can bring your idea to life. We provide natural stone fabrication and installation in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland.

    A Homeowner's Guide to Travertine Tile

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Travertine has been a favorite among builders and remodelers for thousands of years. Whether filled with cement or left in its natural state, this light-colored limestone derivative is versatile enough for flooring, countertops, exterior facades, and more. Here are a few things you should know before placing your travertine tile order that will make installation, enjoyment, and care much simpler.

    Origins
    Mineral-rich water pressurizes limestone, turning it into travertine overtime. Travertine’s signature holes come from gas bubbles trapped during the stone’s formation, while the bands represent the layers of compressed stone throughout the process. Travertine takes thousands of years to form. Ancient Romans perfected the use of travertine, and that influence spread from nearby Mediterranean cultures to the rest of the world.

    Uses
    Builders use travertine for a wide array of surfaces, including flooring, countertops, and even exteriors. When left in its natural state, travertine’s rough exterior makes a perfect siding or facade atop another hardened material. However, travertine is most commonly filled with cement to smooth it for countertops and flooring. Some buildings use smoothed travertine for exteriors as well.

    Maintenance
    As you might have been able to tell by the many holes, travertine is porous, which means it’s extremely susceptible to staining and sensitive to abrasive cleaning agents. Instead, your best bet is to use sealant often and protect it from stains in the first place. If you do spill on travertine, you must clean it up immediately with a cloth or dry mop to prevent scratching and staining the material.

    Colonial Marble and Granite’s inventory includes a wide selection of travertine for every building need. Call us at (484) 685-0426 for pricing estimates and helpful tips on how to implement natural stone into your interior or outdoor design. We gladly install travertine in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Maryland.

    Inside the Natural Stone Quarrying Process

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Quarrying is the process of extracting smaller, more useful stones from their larger natural source. Careful quarrying brings stones used in flooring, countertops, and other home building applications to a workable state without damaging them. Continue reading to learn more about the natural stone quarrying process.

     Setup
    Quarry setup entails excavation into the ground containing the required sedimentary rock. This requires heavy construction equipment and skilled, experienced operators who know how to dig into weathered earth, sometimes under extreme weather and geological conditions. There is no single set procedure for setup. Instead, it varies by sediment type and local geology.

    Drilling and Explosives
    What remains consistent about the quarrying process is how the rock is extracted. Skilled workers drill beneath the Earth’s surface into the desired rock. Explosives are then set in these holes. The specialty comes in knowing the lowest possible detonation strength that will dislodge enough rock for the quarry crew to safely remove and transport to the processing plant. The blast can’t be too weak, or else the rocks won’t dislodge. However, if the blast is too strong, the rocks can sustain damage and the worksite can become unstable.

    Processing
    The conversion from natural stone to tiles and countertops doesn’t happen at the quarry. Once the rocks have been removed from beneath the Earth’s surface, they are sorted by size, from boulders to gravel. The rocks are then sent to stockpiles, where they are organized by intended use and crushed or otherwise refined accordingly. The quarry will then supply retailers, who turn the rocks into slabs, tiles, countertops, and other ready-to-use formats.

    Colonial Marble and Granite only supplies the highest quality limestone, onyx, travertine, and other natural stone fixtures in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Maryland. Call us at (484) 685-0426 for more information on pricing. You can also view our expansive natural stone selection at our showroom in King Prussia, PA. 

    4 Fast Facts About Granite

    Last updated 1 year ago

    While they may be beautiful, your granite floor or countertop don’t come from a novel design concept. People have used granite for home building and design for thousands of years. The rock itself has been around for hundreds of millions. Here are a few quick facts about granite that you should know and be proud of as an owner.

    Composition
    Granite’s unique variable color pattern comes from the different minerals that comprise it. Granite can be a combination of quartz and feldspar that includes amphiboles, micas, and other mineral ingredients. In case you were wondering, micas are responsible for the black specks.

    Architectural History
    Architects have turned to granite for durability and style for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Turks built with granite often. The Roman Colosseum, one of the most famous structures on the planet, is a fine example of an enduring man-made granite structure.

    Igneous Formation
    Granite is the world’s most popular and prevalent igneous rock. This means it is born of magma condensation underneath the Earth’s surface. Once cooled and pressurized, the magma crystalizes and rises. This process produces natural granite sites like Stone Mountain in Georgia (US). Quarry sites mine for granite that is still underground as well.

    Geological History
    The granite in your countertop could be 300 million years old. That’s how long granite has existed on Earth. Granite’s igneous formation differs from other natural stone like limestone, travertine, and marble because they are made from concentrated animal bone and shells. Remember that the granite in your home is older than the first human.

    At Colonial Marble and Granite, we supply dozens of beautiful granite types for your home or business. Call us at (484) 685-0426 to learn more about pricing, or come to our showroom in King of Prussia, PA. We are one of the fastest growing providers of natural stone fabrication and installation in the United States.

     

    Ideas for Using Stone Mosaics In and Around the Home

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Stone mosaics are the most creative looking of all natural stone options for walls, flooring, and countertops. Whether you lay the stone yourself or buy it pre-assembled, there’s nothing that compares to the unique appearance and texture of a stone mosaic. Keep reading for some suggestions on how to incorporate stone mosaics throughout your home.

    Artistic Looking Walls
    A colorful stone mosaic wall will make your home stand out. You can use a stone mosaic to line a hallway. Tamer stone mosaics with a more tile-like appearance can work just about anywhere in the home, but they are especially fitting in the bathroom, where tile patterns are already standard. A DIY wall installation project may be difficult if you aren’t using stone mosaics that come pre-arranged and seamed on a plastic mesh.

    Colorful Flooring
    The floor is a much more suitable place for you to express yourself stone by stone. Arrange the stones in the pattern of your choosing to give visitors a look into your personal style. You should sketch the intended layout before setting stones to make sure all of the dimensions and supplies check out. As is the case with walls, tiled mosaic stone on plastic mesh makes the job easier.

    Outdoor Living
    Stone mosaics perfectly complement stone hardscape, such as rock fountains and walkways. You can design a vibrant patio floor or path in the backyard that will dazzle and delight visitors to your home. Big, beautiful stone mosaics will also increase your home’s curb appeal if the area is not enclosed for privacy.

    Colonial Marble and Granite carries stone mosaic tile you can use to give your home a beautiful new look. Call us at (484) 685-9426 for a free estimate on natural stone in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York.

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