If you have researched the material called “onyx” you may have found that sometimes you get material that describes it as a natural material made of silica. However, you may also have found that there is other information that describes “onyx” as being a material made of calcite. Which of these is correct? The short answer is that both are true. In this post, we will begin by explaining briefly why there are two definitions and then we will talk about natural onyx in a particular context. So let’s get into the topic of natural onyx.
What comes to mind when you think of marble countertop restoration? You might be surprised to find out that this topic involves more than one facet. Depending on how you look at the term “restore”, you will get a different answer. If you are looking to restore marble countertops, you might mean that you need to remove a stain. Will marble countertops stain? They sure will under certain circumstances. If this is the kind of restoration you mean, you may be looking for a do it yourself stone restoration kit. However, there is another kind of restoration. The more severe kinds of damage require more involved measures of repair, restoration, and even resurfacing. That is the type we are going to discuss in this article. Continue reading “Marble Counter Restoration”
When working with pavers, there are numerous ways the individual units (blocks, bricks, tiles, stones, etc.) are arranged in a project. When putting together a patio for example, how you arrange the pavers with affect the appearance of the patio. In this article, we are going to take you on a tour of patterns for constructing paver patios. We won’t cover every pattern out there, but we will cover the basic ones thoroughly. Let’s get right into our tour of paver patio patterns. Continue reading “Tour of Paver Patio Patterns”
In the realm of architecture natural stone is featured in a variety of projects and in a variety of ways. This natural stone offers a number of significant benefits and its properties make it the choice for some very specific surfaces. In this post we will look at natural limestone. We will not only discuss what it is and how it is formed, but we will also look at what needs to be considered when working with it. Additionally, we will consider how to care for and maintain limestone surfaces. Continue reading “Natural Limestone”
Each is an option for various surfaces in homes and businesses. Both materials offer stunning looks in a variety of colors and popular visual textures. Furthermore, both of these surface choices are used in a number of projects and have a very strong customer base. Yet, the two materials are very different in many respects. In this granite vs. quartz post, we will explore some of the similarities and differences as we compare natural granite with engineered quartz. Continue reading “Granite vs. Quartz”
Compared to your run of the mill saw blades, diamond blades are costly; or so it seems. Just looking at the price tags of various blades you can see that a diamond blade is going to cost you more up front. And if you choose a blade that is on the higher end of the quality spectrum, you will pay even more. So, what kinds of practices can you adopt to increase diamond blade performance and make them last longer? Are there any maintenance tips that blade owners should be aware of? how can you get the most out of your diamond blades? We will consider those topics in this article. Continue reading “Increase Blade Performance”
Why Are There So Many Diamond Blades On the Market?
As you shop for diamond blades, you no doubt see that the selection is very large and diverse. A single online shop offers dozens, if not hundreds of different diamond blades. Why are ther so many diamond blades on the market these days? In this post, we will explore some of the reasons and look at examples. Continue reading “Why So Many Blades?”
How to Incorporate Natural Stone Into Your Home’s Design
“Sure, natural stone is a nice feature. But how can I incorporate natural stone into my home’s design without breaking the budget?” It may be that you have asked yourself that very question a time or two. Or, you might be wondering how you could answer that question if you are a fabricator. In this article we will consider some simple ways that natural stone can be worked into and existing home without gutting the house and doing a TV show-like renovation project. Continue reading “Incorporate Natural Stone”
Sintered stone is a relatively new material in some areas of the hard surfaces industry. This material is sometimes lumped into a category or group with other materials like porcelain surfaces. Yet, it is a different material and even within the category itself, there are variations between proprietary ‘recipes’ and processes that make the resulting materials different from one another. In this post, we are going peer into the details that make sintered stone surfaces unique when compared, not only with other materials, but also with rivals in the same material class. Continue reading “Sintered Stone Surfaces”
Porcelain enjoys a solid place in history as the material used for a number of surfaces including flooring and wall cladding. In recent times though there has been an increase in the number of materials used for kitchen countertops in the home and in businesses. In this post, we will take a look at some traditional uses for porcelain. We will briefly discuss porcelain surfaces like flooring and wall cladding. We will also see some information about porcelain countertops. Continue reading “Porcelain Surfaces”