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Native Trails Introduces NativeStone in Charcoal

Posted on 26 July 2021 by cradmin4

As of July 2021, all NativeStone products are available in Charcoal, a rich matte black finish. This means there are now five finishes to choose from in the NativeStone family:

  • Ash: A light, naturally mottled gray
  • Slate: A soft, medium gray   
  • Pearl: A glowing off white  
  • Earth: A warm, natural brown-gray
  • Charcoal: A rich matte black

Seeing a need for a black finish in their NativeStone concrete collection, Native Trails began working with artisans in Vietnam last year to develop the right hue. The resulting Charcoal finish plays well with both warm and cool hues on the color wheel. It complements a range of accessories, faucets and design styles.

You may also be interested in this article: MSI Introduces Q Premium Quartz Concrete & Matte Finishes

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LG Hausys Introduces Concrete Collection

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LG Hausys Introduces Concrete Collection

Posted on 17 April 2019 by cradmin

Chic Concrete

LG Hausys has introduced its latest collection of HI-MACS colors, Concrete. These sophisticated colors provide the rugged and rustic, yet trendy and appealing aesthetic of concrete with the sleek, smooth finish that make solid surfaces so desirable.

Ideal for both residential and commercial applications, these new colors add a touch of uptown allure and an industrial flavor to any space. HI-MACS surfaces are reportedly non-porous, hygienic and low-maintenance. These versatile surfaces are resistant to the cracks, stains and scratches that can often occur with traditional concrete surfaces.

The new colors in the collection are: Chic Concrete, Shadow Concrete, Ebony Concrete,  Urban Concrete and Steel Concrete.

You may also be interested in this article about the new Dekton collection.


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Braxton-Bragg Launches New Website

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Braxton-Bragg Launches New Website

Posted on 16 October 2018 by cradmin

Braxton-Bragg has launched a LINUX cloud-based website for streamlined online ordering and an updated customer portal.

The new website, with the same address www.braxton-bragg.com, is more mobile friendly, simpler to navigate, provides more technical product information, is more SEO friendly, and offers a faster purchasing process.

“Our improved website is our customers’ best resource for industry and project information, education and streamlined order processing,” says Rick Stimac, CEO. “This revamped website supports Braxton-Bragg’s commitment to staying ahead of the industry with a major focus and commitment to customer satisfaction with premier service and value.”

“Braxton-Bragg has always been committed to offering the best buying experience in the stone industry, adds Derek Brodka, Braxton-Bragg Marketing Manager. “We constantly test and strive to offer the best solutions to our customers across all electronic platforms. Our new e-commerce website puts us way ahead of the competition with its capabilities and ease of use.”

You may also be interested in this article about the new shop cart from Weha.

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Meganite Adds to Movement Series

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Meganite Adds to Movement Series

Posted on 11 October 2018 by cradmin

Mt. Grigio

Meganite has added five new colors to its award winning Movement Series.

Two new colors have been added to the Marble Collection; Mt. Cremo Carrara, soft free-flowing yet consistent veins on a saturated white background that is embodied with subtle deep brown veins breathing across the surface and Mt. Grigio, elegant and flowing, characterized by its dramatic swathes of white veins against calm grey which give it a striking and austere beauty.

Additionally, three new designs were added to the Concrete Collection. Shadow Concrete is an understated soft grey pattern evoking a gentle warmth. Contrasting veins and particles sweep across the surface, providing a welcoming and traditional aesthetic. Taupe Concrete is bold and straightforward, this design is a balance of a strong exterior and soft center, with neutral colors perfectly matched with one another. Charcoal Concrete, this dark and rich pattern delivers drama and flair, interspersed with a cool palette of fine particles to deliver a bold, modernist look.

You may also be interested in this article about new colors from Cosentino.

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Contourz Concrete Tiles

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Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Contourz Concrete Tiles

Posted on 25 June 2018 by cradmin

Lunada Bay Tile has introduced Contourz, a tactile collection of concrete tiles that elevates the beauty of vertical and horizontal planes.

Contourz three-dimensional tiles transform walls into sculpture, while flat field tiles create an atmosphere that ranges from quiet elegance to industrial.

The tiles measure just 8 millimeters thick, a similar thickness to standard ceramic and glass tiles, extending design opportunities with the ability to combine easily with other tile collections within the Lunada Bay Tile portfolio.

Designed and manufactured in Lunada Bay Tile’s new facility in Southern California, the collection consists of nine shapes:

• 3 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
• 6 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
• 4-inch Hex — hexagonal flat field tile
• Fanfare Hex — three-dimensional 4-inch hexagonal tile with raised linear peaks
• Trifecta — three-dimensional triangular tile with intertwining patterns of slopes and curved lines
• Zen Break A and Zen Break B — three-dimensional 3 x 9-inch rectangular tiles with angled inclines that can be coordinated to create striped, diamond and chevron patterns
• Retro Curve — liner featuring soft bullnose edges
• In & Out — liner featuring a bullnose edge on one side and a cove edge on the other

Contourz is available in 18 modern hues, including warm and cool grays and shades of taupe and brown. The collection can be specified for interior and exterior walls, including wet/dry walls, such as a kitchen backsplash. The material has similar characteristics and care requirements as natural stone.

You may also be interested in this article about new tile shapes from clé.

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Braxton-Bragg Names Rick Stimac As CEO

Posted on 07 November 2017 by cradmin

Braxton-Bragg, distributor of tools, materials and supplies to granite countertop fabricators, marble stone masons, tile contractors and concrete polishing contractors, has named Rick Stimac CEO, following Rich Hassert’s retirement.

Stimac comes to Braxton-Bragg with extensive P&L management experience and a history of successfully growing profitable revenue. He is a performance focused executive with more than 25 years of leadership in various markets; a motivational leader known for clearly defining mission and goals, aligning people and resources and consistently delivering results that exceed expectations in diverse distribution channels.

Stimac’s background includes successful leadership assignments in sales, brand management, general management and as President and CEO.

You may also be interested in this article Artisan Group Appoints New Executive Staff.

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Franmar Offers Blue Bear Concrete Dissolver

Posted on 20 September 2017 by cradmin

Blue Bear Concrete DissolverFranmar offers its Blue Bear 770 CD Concrete Dissolver. According to the company, Blue Bear dissolves built up concrete and concrete dust from tools, trucks and other machinery so that it can be easily washed away. Application is made easy with the use of a pump sprayer.

Blue Bear is created from soybeans and natural elements and is 100 percent biodegradable. This provides a safe and effective cleaning solution that is also mindful of the environment.

Available one quart, one gallon, and five gallon sizes.

You may also be interested in attending the Concrete Décor Show 

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Corian Celebrates Fifty Years With Three New Colors

Posted on 16 August 2017 by cradmin

White Onyx

White Onyx

Corian®, the solid and non-porous high-tech surface material from DuPont celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Corian, a synthetic and versatile material, has gained much recognition and acclaim internationally. Represented in both residential and commercial environments, Corian is utilized in kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, lighting, technology and healthcare.

To celebrate the occassion, Corian has introduced three new distinctive surfaces: Concrete, Onyx and Prima.

Concrete Corian has been made available in four colors: Carbon, Ash, Weathered and Neutral. Concrete was inspired by the modern, urban landscape. With its understated pattern of fine particles, Concrete aims to be both strong and noble in its appearance.

Onyx Corian has been made available in two colors: Gray and White. Onyx is inspired by the classic, semi-precious variety of ornamental stone. With its rich, veiny texture, Onyx has a certain visual modernity and fluid aspect.

Prima Corian has been made available in eight colors: Limestone, Dune, Smoke Drift, Cosmos, Evening, Cocoa, Nimbus and Windswept. Prima was created to celebrate ‘on-trend’ design. With hues inspired by nature, Prima embodies and captures a range of poetic moods.

You may also be interested in this article Caesarstone Expands Available Colors.

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2017 Outdoor Kitchen Trends

Posted on 17 May 2017 by cradmin

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 [email protected], 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 cradmin

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 [email protected].

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