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Posted by on in Marble Countertops

The rest of all “stains” are really etches and these are relegated to marble and stones that are really marble, but sometimes sold as quartzite (ie: Super White, Brown Fantasy and other stones that sell really well when you tell the customer it is a quartzite when in fact it is an etch- able marble!). Etches are not stains, but are in fact damaged areas due to a chemical reaction between the calcium in the stone and the acidic liquid that has physically converted the stone. This is not a stain and not going to come out or be repaired easily or inexpensively. Light etching can sometimes be removed by hand with commercially available etch removal kits while deep etches required special equipment, lots of water and highly skilled and experienced stone personal to physically remove enough stone to remove the etched surface. 

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In case you still have questions, want a more technical break down of sealer, or want to help us become Youtube sensations! Watch the "What is Sealer for Granite, Marble, Quartzite, and Travertine Countertops?" video on Youtube. Its already received over 70,500 views and has been featured and share on numerous industry websites, blogs, and articles. Guess we know what we're talking about!

 

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With so many details in a remodeling project, sealer can often be an afterthought. We'll help to explain its role and answer some of the most common questions and myths. Myths like if you seal the stone it cannot stain, that sealer is difficult to apply, or it will change the finish of the stone...all of which are nonsense!

Perception - Sealer will prevent stains.

Reality - Sealer will slow down the process of staining allowing the consumer time to clean up the staining agent before it actually stains the stone.

Perception – Sealer is difficult to apply.

Reality – Follow the directions and an 8 year old child can quickly, easily and properly seal stone!

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Posted by on in Granite Countertops

Engineering a great seam isn't quite as simple as pushing two pieces together. A lot of care goes into the fabrication of the sides to get a tight and lasting fit. First we triple mill the top area smooth to aid in the bonding. Next the surface is highly textured to provide maximum area for the two sides to bond together. Finally, grooves are created to form pockets that create a chemical biscuit, much like a wood biscuit, adding additional strength.  

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Posted by on in Granite Countertops

Why are some seams noticeable and some nearly invisible? Three different factors affect how invisible or how noticeable a stone countertop's seam appears.

1) Width of Seam

2.) Grain Match

3) Glue color match.

 

Width of Seam

It might look like “fat seams” are not touching each other and the glue is simply filling the gap. Actually what has happened is the top edge that is fractured or missing large grain particles that are being filled in. The two halves are touching each other and can’t get any closer. Different stones will produce different width seams. Fine grain stones loose very little grain in the top edge and large grain stones loose lager grains in the cutting process The stone itself causes this variable not the machine, blade, or tool preparing it. We have developed a proprietary technique of progressively slow sanding at higher grits and lower pressure to produce a crisper edge.

 

Grain Match

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Stones with little to no variation or a tight pattern do not have this issue as much as widely patterned stones do. Our optional digital slab layout offers clients a hi-resolution photographic system to align a seam in their individual slab imposed on their templated layout. Allowing them to actually see the finished product before it is even cut! Coupled with premium book matched slabs and our proprietary seam prep we can consistently produce the tightest and least visible seam in the industry. 

Glue Color Match

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Tighter seams show less glue. The challenge is not creating a glue color, but is balancing the variety of colors in a wild varied stone into one glue that works the entire length of the seam. Allowing the customer to participate and approve the glue color BEFORE it goes into the seam is key, as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". A tighter seam with less visible glue minimizes the visual impact of the glue in the first place! Solution! We always invite customers to participate in the glue creation process before it is applied to the seam 

 

 

 

 

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For the third year in a row, Stone Master's Design Center has been award Houzz's service award. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Stone Masters Inc., voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Stone Master's impressive 5-star service was rated by customer reviews on Houzz's site. Thank you to everyone who shared their experience. 

 

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