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Innovative Surfaces Assists with Homeward Bound Project

Posted on 11 July 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

unnamed (1)For the seventh consecutive year Innovative Surfaces in Hastings/Minneapolis has donated the granite countertop fabrication and installation for the Homeward Bound project, in conjunction with Century College kitchen and bath design students. Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization that houses severely disabled individuals, with around-the-clock caregivers. Century College students design the spaces and then the students at St. Paul College do the carpentry work, build cabinets and install.

Century College is a local community college with a highly-regarded Kitchen and Bath Design Program, accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

For this year’s project, Innovative Surfaces installed an 81-sq.ft. Artisan Stone Collection granite kitchen in Golden Sparkle.

“We feel strongly about the goodwill of this organization and the impact it has on the lives of those who otherwise may not be able to afford such modifications to their homes,” says Kellie Akins, co-owner, Innovative Surfaces. “The project provides us a platform to work along with, and gain exposure to, students working to receive certification in the Kitchen & Bath industry.”

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Stone Technologies Supplies Sealers and Cleaners for Countertops

Posted on 07 June 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

 Natural Stone Care Kit

Natural Stone Care Kit

Stone Technologies Corp. supplies stone sealers designed with the purpose of penetrating the interior of natural stone surfaces and act as a repellent to prevent damage. Protected against water and oil based stains, household acids and alkalis and the formation of mold and mildew, the stone sealers can be used on interior and exterior surfaces including marble, granite, slate, limestone travertine, sandstone, agglomerates and naturally occurring stones.

With many diverse uses, the products are suitable as marble counter top sealers, marble floor sealers, marble wall sealers, granite counter top sealers, granite wall sealers, granite floor sealers, slate counter top sealers, limestone floor sealers and on any other type of travertine, sandstone, agglomerate and naturally occurring stone structures, among others.

The company offers sealer options that are available in sizes ranging from a four ounce sample to 55 gallon tanks.

In addition to the sealers, Stone Technologies offers a variety of stone cleaner options such as Stone Soap Ultra, Revitalizing Stone Soap Ultra and Stone Soap RTU. Stone Enhancers, Natural Stone Care Kits and High Quality Polyethylene Siphon Pumps are also readily available.

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2017 Outdoor Kitchen Trends

Posted on 17 May 2017 by CRadmin3

DKCR305H_Outdoor-Kitchen-Granite-Countertop_4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Last year, outdoor kitchens hit their peak popularity, but the design is still going strong as we hit Spring 2017. Not much is really new this year, but focuses are shifting and specific materials are gaining support for their abilities to deal with the environment. To put it in other words, outdoor kitchens and countertops in 2017 are all about refinement.

“A satellite kitchen allows [the consumer] to spend time with guests rather than running back and forth to the house to prepare and serve the food and drinks,” Jennifer Uihlein Straszewski, executive vice-president of under-counter refrigerator manufacturer U-Line told Real Living. “Homeowners are going to great lengths to transform the traditional patio area into a fully functioning outdoor room.”

Trending Features

Following are the features consumers are looking for in their 2017 outdoor kitchens:

  • 62392The grill is the centerpiece of the kitchen. The grills in this year’s installations can do just about anything your stovetop can do and much, much more. Therefore, many households like to feature the grill as the kitchen’s centerpiece. Some prefer charcoal for its rustic flavor while others like the amenities of propane or a direct line of natural gas.
  • Comfort and entertainment are top priorities. Without comfortable lounging areas and several entertainment options, an outdoor kitchen is just a place to cook food. With these amenities, the kitchen becomes the hub of activity in the backyard. Sports, table games, TV and video games are all options today.
  • Find space for appliances…and the kitchen sink. The modern outdoor kitchen is just as self-sufficient as indoor kitchens, complete with refrigerators, dishwashers wine coolers, keg taps, ice machines and much more.
  • Make pizza the Old World way. One of America’s favorite foods is pizza, so it only makes sense that outdoor pizza ovens would eventually see a surge in popularity. Pizza ovens come in several types, such as wood-fired stone, gas-fired stone, stand-alone ovens, solar or stainless steel with a state-of-the-art digital controller.

Countertop Materials

outdoor grill ideas 7Outdoor countertops are not simply for food preparation. Like indoor kitchens, countertops provide a communal area where hosts and guests can gather, talk and enjoy company in the fresh air.

When it comes to outdoor countertops, granite is considered king, but several other materials have also come to the forefront of this milieu, including soapstone, concrete, stainless steel and tile.

While quartz is gaining on granite’s popularity indoors, it is not considered suitable in outdoor settings because the colors often fade quickly in direct sunlight. Along the same vein, laminate cannot be used because exposure to rain and humidity will cause it to bend and warp.

  • Granite – Granite is the top choice for outdoor countertops because it is durable and can withstand a wide range of environmental conditions. The heat of the sun will not damage granite, and it is unusual for colors to fade. With the proper sealant, granite can be protected from mold growth and stains. Finally, according to the average prices set forth by HGTV, granite is quite affordable at $50 to $100 per sq. ft. for the consumer.
  • Soapstone – According to Premier Surfaces, soapstone is an ideal choice for outdoor countertops because its high density makes this surface resistant to heat and stains, colors usually do not fade and it does not require any sealers. However, it is recommended to treat soapstone with a specialized mineral oil that enhances the maturation of the color.
  • Concrete – Although concrete tends to run a little pricier than other countertop materials, it is expected to make the highest gains of them all in 2017. As long as the concrete is reinforced with steel rebar, you don’t have to worry about it cracking. Concrete must also be regularly sealed to prolong its color, finish and overall lifespan.
  • Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is a great option because it is durable and looks great next to a barbecue grill. It is also easy to clean and maintain, and stainless stell can last a lifetime.
  • Tile – At $10 to $30 per sq. ft., tile is, by far, the most affordable option for outdoor countertops. In addition to creating an easy entry into an outdoor kitchen for those on a budget, tile also offers a wide assortment of colors and patterns. The bad news is that in colder regions, temperature changes can cause the grout to crack. The good news is that installers can upsell freeze-proof tiles and other protections.

If you are installing outdoor kitchens or fabricating outdoor countertops, we would like to hear from you. Send us photos of your work to info@countertopresource.com, and I’ll post them right here with a caption.

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Stone Technologies Offers Free Samples of Stone and Concrete Sealers

Posted on 25 April 2017 by CRadmin3

Marble Granite Slate Limestone Sealers Cleaners Enhancers1Stone Technologies Corp. in Cleveland, Tenn., is currently offering free samples of its proprietary stone and concrete sealers to interested fabricators. The company has been in business since 1999, and owner Michael Parry has more than 40 years of experience in research, development and chemical formulation for industrial applications.

Concrete-Sealerr-X-1-1QtStone Sealers

The stone sealers manufactured by Stone Technologies were developed to penetrate into all natural stone surfaces, including granite, marble, sandstone, slate and travertine. While coverage of the stone sealers varies with the porosity of the stone, fabricators can expect to cover 500 to 1,000 sq. ft. per gallon.

Products available in the stone sealer category are as follows:

  • Stone Sealer #1 – This reactive silicone polymer in odorless mineral spirits forms an invisible barrier with a natural finish. This solvent-based sealer works will all types of natural stone surfaces.
  • Stone Sealer #2 – This is a reactive silicone polymer emulsion in water that seals natural stone surfaces without the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Stone-Sealer-2-5GStone Sealer #3 – This sealer is a fluoropolymer emulsion in water that provides a natural finish, stain resistance and increased wear abrasion with less than 0.1 percent VOCs.
  • Stone Sealer #4 – This double-strength reactive silicon polymer uses a citrus-based solvent that has a pleasant aroma, is biodegradable and a safer alternative to petroleum-based solvents.
  • Stone Sealer #5 – This is a reactive silicone polymer in odorless mineral spirits that protects natural stone with a wet look, effectively offering a combination of Stone Sealer #1 and Stone Enhancer #1.
  • Stone Sealer #6 – This stone sealer is water based, contains no solvents or VOCs and is nonflammable, which makes it a more environmentally friendly version of Stone Sealer #5.

Concrete Sealers

Stone-Sealer-2-55GStone Technologies also manufactures several concrete sealers, including all of the following:

  • Concrete Sealer X-1 – Concrete Sealer X-1 is a permanent, silicate-based, deep-penetrating sealer guaranteed to last the lifetime of any concrete surface. This sealer increases the density and strength of concrete while providing resistance to stains, chemical etching, moisture and mold. It can be applied on all residential and commercial concrete surfaces, including countertops, walls and floors.
  • Concrete Sealer X2 – Concrete Sealer X-2 is a concentrated version of Concrete Sealer X-1. It is designed to seal very porous concrete surfaces and concrete blocks. This sealer can also be used as an admixture to densify the substrate.
  • Concrete Sealer X-3 – Concrete Sealer X-3 is water based but still penetrates and crosslinks inside of concrete surfaces to make them water and stain resistant. This sealer can be applied alone or on top of Concrete Sealer X-1 or sample-bottleConcrete Sealer X-2, and it is available in custom colors.

Request a Free Sample!

Nearly all of the products from Stone Technologies are available by the quart, gallon, 5-gallon bucket, 30-gallon drum and 55-gallon drum, and for a limited time, fabricators can receive a free 4-oz. sample bottle by sending an email to info@StoneTechnologiesInc.com.

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Federal Brace’s Best Selling Supports Get New Finish

Posted on 16 March 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

Stonehaven Countertop Support Post

Stonehaven Countertop Support Post

Federal Brace rolled out an all new finish, Polished Stainless Steel. According to Federal Brace, the polished stainless steel creates a beautiful, chrome-like mirrored look. The best selling Stonehaven, Foremont and Dilworth supports are now available in this finish.
The Stonehaven Countertop Post support features a top plate 7 in. long to support up to a 15 in. deep counter. It can hold up to 300 lbs., allowing for a safe mount of thick granite, quartz, marble, other natural stones and concrete countertops.
The Dilworth Countertop Post support provides an elevated second counter directly above the base counter. A 5-in. height and 500 lb. carry capacity makes it a fit for floating a countertop of granite, quartz or other stone material. The post is designed for counters no greater than 12 in. deep.
The Foremont Elevated Counter support can be utilized to create a reception counter, breakfast bar, etc. The top plate is 10 in. long to support up to an 18 in. deep counter. The support can hold up to 500 lbs. and mounts directly to the top of your counter.

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Houzer Names RJS Associates 2016 Rep of the Year

Posted on 10 March 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

Robert Sapienza and RJS Associates

Robert Sapienza of RJS Associates

In appreciation of outstanding sales achievement, performance and growth, Houzer recognized Robert Sapienza and RJS Associates as the 2016 Houzer Rep of the Year. Robert’s skills, work ethic and professional virtues are responsible for a two-fold increase in sales for each year since taking on representation of Houzer in Illinois and Indiana. 

For more than three decades, HOUZER has manufactured brand name sinks in a selection of styles, colors, sizes, and textures in five materials: stainless steel, granite, copper, fireclay and porcelain enameled steel.  

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Discussion on Edge Possibilities and Trends

Posted on 16 February 2017 by cradmin

This video, which was put out by marble.com, starts off a little promotional, but really digs into the subject of edge profiles. Running almost 9 minutes long, the video covers a ton of different edge options, which are more popular in what parts of the country, what kind of tooling is used and how difficult they are to fabricate, and much more. It also touches on what types of edge profiles may be easier to keep clean as well as overall color trends around the country. Obviously, the fabricator and the tooling supplier featured here know their edges. Well worth a watch if you are considering expanding your edge style offerings.

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Antolini Introduces Azerocare Natural Stone Treatment

Posted on 13 February 2017 by CRadmin3

Antolini Azerocare

Azerocare from Antolini is a proprietary treatment that reportedly gives marble, onyx and soft quartzites protection against etching and staining caused by contact with acid-based foods, oil, fat and grease.

According to the company it does not affect the colors and characteristics of the natural stone it is applied on. It is also an bacteriostatic treatment and only needs a neutral soap,  water and a non-abrasive cloth to clean the surface after usage.

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MIA+BSI Announces 2016 Pinnacle Award Winners

Posted on 03 February 2017 by Sydne Unnerstall

MIA+BSI Pinnacle Awards 2016

Representatives from Polycor, Twin City Tile and Marble, Italmarble Pocai, Tennessee Marble Company, Cutting Edge Stone, and Bonstone with Janina Mathiasz (Veronafiere), 2016 MIA President David Castellucci, and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

MIA+BSI Natural Stone Institute announced the winners of the 2016 Pinnacle Awards at the MIA+BSI Awards Luncheon at TISE 2017 in Las Vegas. For the 9th year, a Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to the best overall project. The 2016 Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to the six companies responsible for the Minnesota State Capitol renovation: Polycor, Twin City Tile and Marble, Italmarble Pocai, Tennessee Marble Company, Cutting Edge Stone and Bonstone. This marks the first time in the program’s history that multiple companies have been honored with this award.

The Minnesota State Capitol restoration is one of the largest and most complex restoration projects in the United States. The project architects used the same White Georgia marble selected by the building’s first architect, Cass Gilbert, 115 years ago. Success in communication between all stone team members resulted in less than a 1 percent fabrication error rate and kept the stone schedule on time and within budget.

MIA+BSI expressed its thanks to the contributors of the 2016 Pinnacle Awards: MAPEI (Commercial Awards), GranQuartz (Residential Awards), Coldspring (Renovation/Restoration Awards), Vitoria Stone Fair-Marmomac Latin America (Kitchen and Bath of the Year Awards), and Marmomac (Grande Pinnacle Award). The 2016 Pinnacle Awards are as follows:

Pinnacle Awards of Excellence
Renovation/Restoration: Polycor, Twin City Tile and Marble, Italmarble Pocai, Tennessee Marble Company, Cutting Edge Stone and Bonstone for the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration.
Renovation/Restoration: Rugo Stone of Lorton, VA for the UVA Rotunda Renovation in Charlottesville, VA.
Commercial Interior: Camarata Masonry Systems of Houston for Energy Center III of Houston.
Commercial Exterior: JMS Jura Marble Suppliers of Eichstaett, Germany for Talan Towers of Astana, Kazakhstan
Bath of the Year: Ceramic Harmony International, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala. for Mitchell Master Bath in Huntsville, Ala.
Kitchen of the Year: United Marble Fabricators in Watertown, Mass. for Private Residence in Weston, Mass.

Pinnacle Awards of Merit
Renovation/Restoration: Coldspring in Cold Spring, Minn. for St. Francis of Assisi Church inStaunton, Va.
Renovation/Restoration: Ford Marble and Tile in New Athens, Ill. for The Arcade in St. Louis, Mo.
Renovation/Restoration: Vermont Stone Art in Barre, Vt. for 9 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Mass.
Residential Interior/Exterior: Stonrich Pte Ltd. In Singapore for Peirce Hill Residence in Singapore.
Residential Interior/Exterior: Marmi Natural Stone in Norcross, Ga for Monumental Staircase in Washington, DC.
Commercial Interior: ASI Stone Imports in Chelsea, Ala. for Inspiration Slope/Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Commercial Interior: Rugo Stone in Lorton, Va. For Hungarian Chapel in Washington, Dc.
Commercial Exterior: Coldspring in Cold Spring, Minn. for National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
Commercial Exterior: PICCO Engineering in Concord, Ontario, Canada for Aga Khan Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Commercial Exterior: KEPCO+ in Salt Lake City, for Indianapolis Temple in Carmel, Ind.
Commercial Exterior: Red Leaf Stone in Vancouver, BC for The Vermeer in Vancouver, BC.

You may also be interested in this article on the recent ISFA Annual Awards.

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

Posted on 06 January 2017 by cradmin

groves catalogGroves Incorporated has released the new 2017 edition of its “Stone Storage, Fabrication and Transportation Systems” catalog. The catalog features several new products, such as its Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack-Long; Heavy-Duty Backsplash Cart; and Heavy-Duty Drywall Cart, as well as a variety of fabrication tables and storage/material handling products for granite, quartz and numerous other slab and countertop related materials. It can be downloaded at Groves website or the company will send a printed copy to those requesting one.

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