Stone is a natural product cut out of the earth. With this process, it is extracted out in a cube form and then sliced like bread. It is a milled product and there is a variation to the thickness through out the slabs. When it is extracted, the piece is called a lot. With a lot, all “slices” are all identical to each other so a dark blemish, for example, will go through the entire lot. So, looking at one slab you can determine what all of the cut pieces will look like. Every lot will be different from the next in color and veining.
People wonder about how we are able to create the beautiful marble and granite work that we do for people’s homes. Whether it’s a countertop, sink or outdoor kitchen area, Luxus has you covered. Take a peak at one of our special “employees.”
We often get asked about different stone pros and cons and care tips. Here are a few guidelines that might help you with your decision whether you need a new counter top, back splash, fireplace face or more.
Granite is natural and has its very own natural beauty. It is extremely strong and you can cut and put hot items on the top without issue. Each and every piece is different so their is always something unique in a granite counter. Remember, you must seal, but sealing is as easy as cleaning the top.
Granite can chip. With the natural process of compression in the earth there are air pockets throughout. When this exact spot is struck — even with out any force — it can pop out causing a hole or chip. Even so, this does not alter the structural integrity of the stone. Chips over 1/4″ can be filled with a color match epoxy. Anything smaller than that is appreciated as part of the stone’s natural character.
Quartz: With quartz, all lots and slabs look very much the same which gives it a more modern and controlled look. Unlike granite, no sealing is required, but no hot stuff or cutting please!
Soapstone is a natural product known for its beauty and softness. Its density makes it nonporous so sealing and staining are not issues. Some people like to oil the surface to enhance the coloring while others like to leave it more natural. One of the nice things about soapstone is the natural wear that occurs, including scratching and dinging. When soapstone is oiled it helps hide this wear.
While Luxus Marble and Granite specializes in fine stone counter tops, we have other options available for those seeking something a little different. Have you ever thought about recycled glass countertops? Well, there is such a thing. It’s called GEOS and it offers some benefits of its own.
In addition to a wide variety of interesting color options, GEOS provides a superior strength and as an earth-friendly alternative to stone, it is affordable. GEOS is constructed of a mixture of post-consumer and industrial use glass. This glass is combined with superior binders that produce a very strong and durable product. Built to perform like engineered stone in the way it is fabricated and installed it is also:
• Non- staining
• No sealing
• No waxing
• No glass pop outs
• No cement
Here at Luxus we are serious about what we do and want to offer the finest products and craftsmanship available for you home kitchen or bath remodel. Come in and check out our great selection of materials and start planning your next upgrade.
Here at Luxus we know how important your counter top, back splash, fireplace and other stone-finished areas look to you and your guests. That’s why we are carry such a variety of materials and colors in our Cranston RI warehouse for you to choose from. Natural stone is like bringing art into your home and doing it in a way that is both inexpensive and durable.
When our team works on installing your new counters, you can be sure that we will do the best possible job whether you choose granite, marble, or even Silestone. While stone often needs to be cut after we make a template of your surface area, we pride ourselves on how well do our jobs and it’s our goal to make both the counters and the transition to your new kitchen as seamless as possible.
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It’s very important when getting a new countertop to make certain that you have a good, carefully done template for the space.
Typically, all existing counter surfaces should be removed to ensure that we get the most accurate template for your new marble or granite fixture. Of course any new cabinetry or cupboards that are to go beneath the counter must be properly installed and level as well. If you are doing a new backsplash as well, there may me some ways around this, but as a rule, be prepared to remove the counter.
Everybody loves a beautiful granite countertop, but do know where granite actually comes from?
Granite is formed over millions of years as a result of volcanic activity. Magma that flows from the volcano will slowly cool over millions of years and combine with different minerals in the earth that create its beautiful appearance. Over time, quarries form as the softer earthen areas erode around the hard granite stone.
When granite is removed from the quarries and polished to a bright sheen it is a beautiful and durable stone for home use for counters and backsplashes and some areas of flooring. Depending on where the quarries are located, granite can come in many different colors from which to choose for your kitchen or bath remodel.
Luxus Granite and Marble has a showroom in Cranston RI where you can choose from many different granite options. We will even work with you to order that perfect piece of stone to finish those counters in your new kitchen if you don’t see excatly what you want!