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MSI Stile Gauged Porcelain Slabs

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MSI Introduces Larger Format Stile Gauged Porcelain Slabs

Posted on 18 December 2017 by cradmin

MSI Stile Gauged Porcelain SlabsM S International, Inc. (MSI) recently introduced Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs in a larger format. The slabs, that mimic the look of natural stone, are suitable for use on interior and exterior projects in both commercial and residential properties.

Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs are significantly lighter than natural stone slabs and tile. The lighter weight allows for easy installation. Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs are designed for quick installation over existing surfaces, which reduces the waste typically associated with installation.

Gauged porcelain slabs are nonporous, etch-, stain- and heat-resistant, making the material suitable for a variety of kitchen and bathroom projects. Stile Gauged Porcelain is a suitable substitute for natural stone slabs and tile. Whether used to create focal walls, floors,  backsplashes or countertops, Stile Gauged Porcelain provides the seamless look of continuous natural stone for a fraction of the cost of stone. Unlike natural stone, Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs require no routine maintenance and because of their large formats are installed with minimal grout lines.

Stile Gauged Porcelain slabs are available in 13 colors and come in two sizes 118 in. by 59 in. and 126 in. by 63 in. and weigh 2.81 and 5.8 lbs. per sq. ft. respectively.

You may also be interested in this video about working with porcelain slabs.

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Video: Working with Porcelain Slabs

Posted on 17 August 2017 by cradmin

This video produced by MSI shows how to install gauged porcelain slabs, such as the company’s Stile® slabs, and to create beautiful countertops and edging without lines. Special handling of these porcelain slabs is required, and this short video aims to teach best practices that include preparation, cutting, placement and edge finishing.

You may also be interested in this video on TPB Tech porcelain-based compact surface that includes built-in induction heating.

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Rare and Exotic Natural Stone Slabs

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Rare and Exotic Natural Stone Slabs

Posted on 15 January 2014 by cradmin

Looking at any slab of granite (or other natural stone) it is easy to see why it is so appealing as a countertop surface. The unique beauty of stone, created by nature, is hard to top. However, nature often has a way of besting itself in the form of exotics!

And on that subject, we ran across this video produced by Marble.com, a fabrication company with six locations in the Northeastern United States. The company has put out a number of videos it calls “Granite Shorts,” among which are a number of these videos depicting exotic stone slabs, as well as other informational offerings.

This particular video, while a little promotional (in that it shows particular slabs from its facilities, gives a great idea of the kinds of really amazing granite and other stone slabs that are available other than the more typical colors.

If you have or know of a video that we should be sharing, please send us a link to it at [email protected] for consideration.

 

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Balaji Marbles Offers Indian Marble and Granite

Posted on 23 August 2013 by cradmin

Balaji MarbleBalaji Marbles, in India, offers a variety of marbles and granites and specializes in exotic Serpentine and Forest Green marble. The company also offers slate and sandstone in a variety colors and patterns. The company also assists with developing customized new products using natural stones, developing customized packing and providing marketing tools, promotional samples and continued technical support to its clients.Materials are available in a range of thicknesses, and discount pricing is available for large-scale projects. Among the granite colors offered are Black Galaxy, Ivory Fantasy, Lavender Blue, Raw Silk, Imperial Red, Jhansi Red, Lakha Red, Multicolor Red, Kashmir White, Kashmir Gold, Sivakasi Yellow, Colombo Juparana, Madura Gold, Ivory Brown, Sapphire Brown, Green Galaxy, Vyara Gold, Colonial Dream, Colombo Gold, Tan Brown, Himalayan Blue, Black Pearl, Tiger Skin, Hasan Green, White Galaxy, Paradiso, Baltic Brow,n Chima Pink and Blue Pearl.

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How Granite is Extracted and Processed into Countertop Slabs

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How Granite is Extracted and Processed into Countertop Slabs

Posted on 25 June 2013 by cradmin

Here is an interesting video produced by the Discovery Channel and posted by Quality Tile and Marble, a fabricator located in Grimes, Iowa. The video, titled “Granite – How it’s Made” shows the process of extracting granite blocks from a quarry. I then shows how the granite blocks are cut down into slabs for use in countertops and other projects, and how they are polished.

If you have never seen the process, the sheer scale of it will amaze. It is definitely worth a watch.

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Polycor Offers New KarmaStone

Posted on 26 February 2013 by cradmin

Basalt Black KarmaStone concrete countertop slabs from Polycor

Polycor introduced its new KarmaStone surfacing material collection. The product is a line of concrete slabs made with recycled natural stone to the tune of 70 percent of its content. It comes in three colors: Basaltic Black (pictured here); Soho Grey; and Dove White. All colors are available in 9-ft. by 5-ft. slabs, 3-cm-thick, and in a honed or antique finish. The company also supplies a topical sealer that cures in 48 hours and can be used to customize the color of the slabs.

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Vetrazzo Introduces 3 New Colors

Posted on 21 February 2013 by cradmin

Cement Surfacing Material Vetrazzo in Amethystos color

Vetrazzo introduced three new colors of its concrete-based, recycled-particulate surfacing material. The colors are: Umbo White, which mixes particulate from soda and beer bottles with oyster shells, pieces of jars and crushed marble; Bretagne Blue, which is an azure-tinted color that includes pies of oyster shells, crushed marble and architectural float glass; and Amethystos (pictured here), a white-gray colored material, which contains oyster shells, crushed marble and cranberry glass. The slabs are 9 ft. by 5 ft. and 3-cm-thick.

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Stone Forensics Offers Stone Inspection Training During StonExpo

Posted on 30 October 2012 by cradmin

Stone Forensics will be conducting a Stone Inspector training program in January, 2013, during Stone Expo in Las Vegas. The program is designed to teach the basics of inspecting stone and ceramic tile installations. According to Fred Hueston, who will be conducting the training, “The amount of failures, poor installations and other issues with stone and tile flooring are on the rise. There are only a few qualified inspectors in the United States and there are unfortunately few quality training opportunities in this discipline.”

The program is being offered in Las Vegas so students can observe failures of stone and tile installations in real time. “We will spend an entire day going on inspections as part of the class,” said Hueston.

The program is a a full five days with the certification test on the last day and is only offered once per year with the class size limited to 10 students. The cost of the class is $2,500 per person.

The following will be covered: the geology of stone; understanding the structure of different kinds of stone and marble materials; identification of stone and tile types; quarry techniques that affect the final product; production of tile and slabs; fabrication and installation requirements; physical and chemical testing; stone and tile forensic investigation; diagnosis of problems; stone and tile restoration; repair and replacement; stain removal; troubleshooting; report writing; expert witness testimony; slip resistance; and laboratory testing.

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