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New in soapstone is the recently imported, Lourdes and Margarida soapstone from Brazil. The Lourdes has a soft pattern and is one of the darker more black soapstones in our collection. The Margarida has a distinctive "spider" veining and a green hued background. Both can be made into coordinating soapstone sinks and have proven to be popular additions to our soapstone offerings.

 

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Our templating team is especially excited for the addition of a new Proliner. This will allow for increased capacity, a larger more colorful viewing screen, and overall increased reliability. Creating digital templates with a Proliner is far superior to stick templates as it allows templators to capture the curvatures and irregularities of walls, appliances, and cabinetry down to .001 inches.

 

Stone Masters has utilized the Proliner digital templating system for years. A common question we get is "What is the advantage of a digital template is over a stick template?" Digitial templating's accuracy is so precise and attuned that it allows us to capture all irregularities gluing strips of luan together simply can not. Skewed back walls, notching around trim, and other irregularities are all captured and cut with the waterjet making a perfect puzzle piece for each countertop. In turn this also allows the waterjet to make all the difficult cuts that stick templates leave for the field crew. As a homeowner its important to ask what type of template system your fabricator will use. A digital template will be far more accurate, make your install go smoother, and require less grinding and cutting to occur in your home.  

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We're exited to now offer MOHS slab ratings. The MOHS scale is a scale from 1-10 that rates minerals based upon hardness, with Talc (coincidentally a component within soapstone) being the softest mineral as a (1) and the notorious Diamond being the hardest and rated at a (10). A harder soapstone is less likely to scratch, but being soapstone will still scratch nonetheless. All soapstones will develop a patina with age and use. HOWEVER, the harder a soapstone is the harder it is to remove a scratch. More sanding is required with a harder soapstone. The hardness level is both a pro and a con for each variety. 

 

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Posted by on in Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a man-made product that in recent years has decreased in cost and increased in colors, variety, and availability. So what is Quartz and is the the right choice for your home?

 

Quartz is man-made from natural minerals including quartz plus resins and pigments. It is very hard and both stain, etch and scratch resistant. It is vulnerable to heat damage as is not recommend for fireplace applications.

 

 What is right for your home is a personal choice, but here I hope to answer a few of the most common questions.

 

Cost? Retaliative to granite quartz will be in a mid-to-high price point range. While Granite typically starts about about $41 a sq ft, quartz will begin at about $63.

 

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Just imported from Brazil is our newest soapstone, Bininah, the photo to the left shows this beautiful addition to our soapstone selected both waxed and oiled. Also arriving this fall is even more varieties of our popular DIY slab. The Bininah will be available in addition to the offering of Fantasy and Bateias blanks and stock soapstone sinks. 

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