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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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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. 

 

You can see a few of the votes below. 

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Posted by on in Countertop Selection and Design

If you haven’t changed the look and feel of your kitchen since you moved into your home, now may be the time. You’ve probably been pondering the idea, but haven’t thought too much of the design and style aspect. As the summer nears, there are trending designs becoming commonplace in kitchens across the country. Consider your budget and incorporate these trends into your kitchen for a modern look that stands out.

Homeowners are going for a clean look in an open concept. An island kitchen counter with cabinets extending to the ceiling makes the room appear larger and more inviting. Whether you’re looking for a complete renovation, or spot changes to certain areas, designers are seeing prevalence in the following designs.

Rise of Quartz: As an engineered stone slab, there is more and more interest in quartz slabs. They tend to be much more consistent in color and pattern than some of the other natural stones, allowing you more opportunity to match your vision. Quartz is the top choice for kitchen designers, with 88% of respondents to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2015 Trend Survey designing kitchens with the stone. With its engineered qualities, you can have a quartz slab that looks just like granite, or just like marble. It provides easy maintenance with its resistance to stains and bacteria, and doesn’t have to be sealed. Through its popularity, we have added Spectrum Quartz to our line of slabs.

Backsplash: Beyond the look of your countertop material, the backsplash completes the look of your kitchen. It serves the purpose of protecting the wall, adding texture to the overall design. Today, we’re seeing more and more simple backsplashes because homeowners don’t want distraction from the beautiful design. We typically see a subway tile over the sink or stove, but some glass accents are still being incorporated. A simple black subway tile with white grout is also trending.

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Posted by on in Quartz Countertops

We have a new quartz line offering here at Stone Masters, Spectrum Quartz!

Spectrum is a unique and exciting new offering of quartz countertops. Like all quartz surfaces Spectrum is non-pourous and as hard as granite. 

It offers a beautiful and durable countertops surface, but what sets it apart from other quartz lines is its evolution from a glass manufacture. Spectrum is infused with distinctive Hirsch art glass which lends to a stunning, glassy, and highly polished finish. That is truly captivating to see!

Spectrum Quartz surfaces never need to be sealer or otherwise maintained. Simply wipe clean with a cloth with mild soap and water for a beautiful and clean surface.

 

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