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    A Guide to Stone Floors

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Stone floors are an attractive addition to any home, and with proper care you can preserve their natural beauty for many years to come. Watch this video for some tips on caring for your stone floors.

    Cleaning requirements vary greatly depending on the type of stone flooring you have installed. Marble is a porous material and can become permanently stained easily, while granite is dense more resistant to fluids. Whatever your type of flooring, be sure to use a low pH cleaner to avoid corroding the stone and sweep regularly to avoid scratching the stone.

    Colonial Marble & Granite is a leading stone fabrication and installation specialist in the Northeast U.S., and we take pride in providing high-quality stone products and superior craftsmanship. Visit us online to see our customer references and call (484) 685-0426 for questions about our products and services.

    What Edge Style Is Right for Your Décor?

    Last updated 11 months ago

    When it comes to interior design, even the small details can have a big impact on the finished product. Granite countertops are an attractive addition to virtually any home, but you have a variety of options for customizing the edge style of your countertops to put the final touches on your home’s decor. Here’s an overview of some of the most popular granite countertop edge styles and how you can use them to maximum effect:

    Eased Edges
    An eased edge, which merely squares off the slab, can provide clean, modern lines to your home and maintain the thickness of the slab. This edge style is typically the most cost effective since it requires little effort from the stone manufacturer. A beveled edge dulls one corner to get rid of harsh lines without significantly affecting cost.

    Rounded Edges
    If you’d prefer to offset the hard corners of an eased edge without compromising slab thickness or the appearance of traditional edges, then you may opt for a rounded style such as half or full bullnose. Rounded edges can help you avoid sharp corners around children.

    Custom Edges
    More intricate edge styles such as Ogee, DuPont, and Waterfall use multiple layers to add a customized touch of elegance to your countertop. Be aware that these countertop edge styles are typically more expensive and tend to taper off near the outer edges, making them more susceptible to chips without care.              

    Other Factors to Consider
    The composition of stone slabs can vary widely, and some may have layers of weaker minerals. If these materials are concentrated in one area, they can chip or crack during the edging process. A stone fabrication specialist will have the background knowledge to prevent these issues.

    Assess your options for custom stonework and our online showroom here at Colonial Marble & Granite. We are a member of the BBB and the Marble Institute of America, and we are also a proud supporter of the Pennsylvania community. See our satisfied customer reviews online and call (484) 685-0426 for more information about our installation coverage area.

    Be Sure To Check Out These Great Resources To Learn More About Natural Stone!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The Marble Institute of America instructs on how to care for natural stone surfaces in your home.

    The United States General Services Administration details some of marble’s many uses and raises awareness for problems that stem from poor care.

    Check out this Chron.com article to learn more about the different machines involved in the quarrying process.

    Having trouble deciding on a granite style? Check out this comprehensive list of granite color classifications from the National Building Granite Quarries Association, Inc.

    Colonial Marble and Granite offers every kind of natural stone solution possible for your home or business. Call us at (484) 685-0426 to get pricing or showroom hours for our King of Prussia, PA showroom. We proudly offer natural stone supply, fabrication, and installation services in DE, NJ, PA, MD, and NY. 

    Find More Natural Stone Facts By Exploring These Sites

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Natural stone is not just beautiful and durable, it’s also an eco-friendly way to improve the infrastructure of your home or business. Granite’s history exceeds that of humans, so every slab or tile is a geological time capsule. Learn more about this and other natural stone by following these links to informational resources.

     The San Francisco Chronicle offers some DIY tips for implementing stone mosaics into your home.

     This article from TheFunTimesGuide.com discusses travertine’s uses and benefits.

     Oracle Education Foundation’s ThinkQuest resource explains how quarrying works to bring you slabs of your favorite natural stone.

     According to Geology.com, granite is the most popular igneous rock on the planet. Can you believe that the granite in your tile or countertop used to be prehistoric magma?

     Stone World Magazine shows you the three basic stone mosaic installation methods so you can bring your natural stone artistic vision to life.

     The Natural Stone Restoration Alliance profiles granite as a building material, highlighting its unmatched combination of natural beauty and durability.

     

    Bringing Limestone into the Kitchen

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Limestone is a beautiful natural stone. The stone’s ingrained shells and fossils add character to any room in your home, but it can be especially impressive in your kitchen.

    In this video, you will learn the installation process for a limestone kitchen countertop. First, install wood cleats inside the cabinet to support a sink’s weight, if necessary. Line the limestone up atop the surface as desired. Brace the areas that will require seams. Join the seams by filling them with tinted epoxy hardener. Apply water-based sealant to protect the limestone from stains.

    Colonial Marble and Granite installs limestone countertops from start to finish for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York homes or offices. Call us at (484) 685-0426 for a free estimate on your desired natural stone type today.

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