Denver Marble

Marble is formed from limestone that is superheated and forms a unique crystalline structure. Marble creates a look of timeless elegance and is often used in both homes and commercial applications to make a statement. Due to its many colors and veining it offers a wide variety of classical looks and styles. Due to its porous nature it may stain, however Marble tile lasts forever if it is properly maintained and cleaned.

Athens Grey
Cafe Forest
 
Calacatta Gold
Carrara White
 
China Black
Crema Cappuccino
 
Dark Green Marble

Diano Reale

 
Emperador Dark

Emperador Light

 

Dynasty Brown

Rain Forest

 
Supper Thassos White
Super Thassos White Premium
 
Tundra Gray
White Oak

Latest Marble News in Denver


Consider Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) for Your Denver Home Flooring


October 31, 2018

When building or remodeling a home there are many decisions to be made and each often is associated with correlating positives and negatives. From paint colors to kitchen handles, door types to lighting fixtures, and ceiling aesthetics down to the floors there are key factors to consider. Flooring, next to paint color, is arguably one of the biggest factors due to the increasing popularity of open floor plans. These concepts with walls removed and spaces that transition from kitchen, dining, to living rooms need a quality flooring selection which can aid in the flow of a home while providing a practical and durable surface for many years to come.

Typically, the associated materials to choose from included - carpet, hardwood, or vinyl. Like many of the decisions mentioned above, each has good qualities and other factors which may or may not make one or the other right for your home. However, now there is another option which is growing in demand due to its ability to combine many of the positives, while eliminating the negatives commonly associated with each of the preceding options - luxury vinyl tile (LVT). 

Luxury Vinyl Tile


Vinyl has long been associated with the flooring family of options and this new twist may be the best in its history. LVT flooring has a 3D printing option which can create a realistic look of many natural surfaces within a less permanent flooring option.

Instead of having to remove flooring down to the subfloor for hardwood installation or stone tiles, LVT flooring can be simply placed over an existing floor in many circumstances. This floor also doesn’t come with the negatives associated with hardwood flooring kitchens and the tendency for water damage should some type of leak occur.

Performance


LVT flooring is also less likely to show wear compared to hardwood floors in high traffic areas but maintains the same cleaning capabilities. A durable, long-lasting choice in the flooring world, LVT can compete with any other surface type in a side-by-side comparison over time.

Price


One of the best factors about LVT flooring is that compared to the real material, whether hardwood or stone tiles, often it is cheaper in terms of both material and labor for installation. LVT flooring is often connected and interlocking meaning there will be no noticeable seams or transitions, helping to maintain the open floor plan and flow of your home. 
The installation process doesn’t require any sanding, like hardwood floors, meaning you also will not get displaced while construction is taking place. Also indicating that an entire day or more of labor intensive installation associated with either the sanding for hardwoods or removal of another flooring type, can be averted by choosing an LVT floor.

If you’re at the point where flooring is an option, either in a remodel or new construction, then let us help with your decision. Natural Stone Sales has been serving the greater-Denver area for 15 years with a wide variety of available surfaces for view in our showroom to help you get a better understanding of what an LVT floor, countertop, backsplash, or any of our materials will look like inside your home or office. Our highly trained staff has been providing quality service and helping customers, completing installations, and even providing maintenance tips for many, many years. Contact us today at 303-777-7485 or visit our showroom to take a look for yourself.
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Beyond the Backsplash: Creative Ways to Use Denver Glass Tile in Your Home


October 17, 2018

If you’re in love with the beauty of glass tile—and who isn’t?—you might be thinking about ways to incorporate it into your home. You probably already have a backsplash in your kitchen. Maybe you have even created a unique shower with Denver glass tile. Now you are wondering how else you can incorporate the beautiful look of glass into your home design.
Here are some ideas:

Create a Glass Tile Fireplace Hearth

A lot of people might not consider using glass for their hearth, but glass makes a gorgeous surrounding for your fireplace that is highly durable. Each individual glass tile might not be strong on its own, but when you put them together, they can withstand almost anything! 
The reflection of the fire in the glass tiles makes your fireplace look bigger and gives it a whimsical, cozy feel that other natural stones just can’t capture.
Glass tiles also do not stain, and they are easy to keep clean. 
You can choose blends of colors and shapes for your hearth that will create a dazzling effect, truly making your fireplace a focal point of the room. Check out this guide for creating your glass hearth: Glass Tile Fireplace.

Create a Glass Tile Accent Wall

Take your walls one step further than a simple backsplash and create an entire accent wall. You can extend an existing backsplash to go up the entire wall. Or you can even get creative and create a glass tile wall that doesn’t even need a backsplash. Your biggest problem will probably be deciding on color and style since there are so many options available.

Create a Glass Tile Backyard

No—we are not talking about the pool area. Glass can be used creatively in other ways in your backyard:
  • Use glass tiles for a water feature or a fountain
  • Use glass tiles for your outdoor kitchen
  • Use glass tiles on benches or to create signs or other types of art
  • Use glass tiles to create a wall mural that can be a focal point for your yard
You can tie the design and colors into what is already on the inside of your home—or you can go in a different direction altogether. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
Another idea is to use glass tile for your flooring, although this is not for everyone. This blog post can help you decide whether this is right for you: The Pros and Cons of Using Denver Glass Mosaic Flooring.

When you want to update the look of your home with Denver glass tile, the professionals at Natural Stone Sales have what you need. For more than 30 years our expert staff has been satisfying customers throughout the Denver area with our superior and customized natural stone services. We can offer advice on projects and help you find just the right style and colors to enhance the beauty of your home. Call us today at 303-777-7485 or visit our showroom at 900 W. Mississippi Ave. in Denver anytime from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 
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What You Should Consider Before Upgrading to Denver Granite Countertops


October 10, 2018

You’re finally ready to upgrade your Denver kitchen, and you have decided to start with granite countertops. You know that granite will increase the value of your home because they are in such demand by homebuyers. What else should you consider before upgrading to Denver granite countertops?

The Cabinets

Will you be keeping your existing cabinets? Will you be upgrading to different cabinets? You will want to make sure they cabinets will have a cohesive look with your new granite countertops. Dark cabinets tend to look better with lighter countertops, and vice-versa. 
When you are upgrading your countertops, if you have builder quality kitchen cabinets, they might look out of place. Now might be a good time to consider upgrading the cabinets as well.  

The Sink

The latest trend for sink is the drop-in, undermounted sink, and this will impact the countertops—both in terms of cost and who will be making the cut into the granite. You will need to factor this in to your budget.

The Backsplash

If your backsplash is already installed and you have no plans to change it, the countertop installers will have to work around that—and there will be a cost to undo and redo. Or if you are having the granite extend up the wall, you’ll need to consider how that will impact your budget.

The Seams and Finishes

If you are not purchasing a slab of granite, you’ll have to consider the seams when more than one piece is installed. The grain has to go the same way, or you will end up with something that looks cheap and unprofessional.
Along those same lines, you need to consider the edges of the granite countertops. There are a number of different ways they can be finished, so be sure to talk to the granite company and find out how they charge for this.

The Installation Dates

If you are doing some other work to your kitchen, you want to make sure the installation date for your countertops coordinates in terms of timing. You should also know that for the average countertop installation, it takes about five or six hours with about three or four workers being present for the duration. 
You also want to plan for being unable to use your sink for about 24 hours after the installation to ensure that the sealant dries adequately. Also, you cannot eat food from directly off the counter for at least 72 hours after the counters are sealed.

For additional tips on getting your project organized, read what the experts at HGTV have to say in this article: Planning Your Kitchen Remodel.

Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing Denver granite countertops. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for more than 30 years. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone services using only the highest quality products on the market. Give us a call today at 303-777-7485 to find out how we can work together to create a beautiful custom look for your home!
 
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How to Preserve and Protect the Beauty of Denver Marble Throughout Your Home


October 3, 2018

Designers like to say that there is a certain elegance and uniqueness to marble because of its “movement.” And if you look at the veining that is part of marble, you can understand why they refer to it as such. Many people, however, shy away from using marble in their homes because marble is a porous surface that can be susceptible to staining—particularly when marble is used in the kitchen for countertops. But protecting the beauty of marble in your Denver home might just be easier than you think if you follow these tips.

Keep Your Marble Clean to Prevent Etching

Etching is different from staining in that any acidic that is dripped or splashed onto a marble surface will eat away at the surface if it is not wiped up right away. Sometimes etching isn’t noticeable unless the light hits it just right.

Use the Right Products to Clean Marble

If you use an acidic cleaning product, this can also cause etching. Don’t use cleaners that contain vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners that might contain acid. All you need is plain old soap and water to clean your marble surfaces. Be sure to use a nonabrasive cloth or sponge. Keep in mind, however, that no cleaner will get rid of etching that has already set on the marble surface.

Apply a Spray Sealant Once a Month

Using a spray sealant on your marble surfaces once a month can help reduce the possibility of both stains and etching. The sealant will prevent spills and drips from penetrating the surface. This does not mean, however, that you don’t need to wipe up stains immediately. If you leave a spill on your marble overnight, the sealant will not prevent there from being a stain the next morning.
This article from the DIY Playbook has even more tips on using a sealant for marble surfaces: How to Seal a Marble Dining Room Table.

Solutions to Common Problems

In spite of the best of intentions, stains and etchings on marble can happen. Here are some of the solutions to the most common problems:
  • Organic stains, such as food and beverages—Use a mixture of 12 percent hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia with a damp cloth.
  • Grease or oil stains—Use a liquid cleanser, ammonia, or detergent to clean gently.
  • Paint stains—These should come off if you scrape very gently with a razor blade; be careful not to scratch the marble surface.
  • Water spots—Try using steel wool (0000) to gently buff out stains.
You can also contact a stone professional, such as Natural Stone Sales, and we can offer you advice on your specific stain and how you can get rid of or minimize it.
If you are interested in using Denver marble to enhance the beauty of your home, Natural Stone Sales has what you need. For more than 30 years our expert staff has been satisfying customers throughout the Denver area with our superior and customized natural stone services. Call us today at 303-777-7485 or visit our showroom at 900 W. Mississippi Ave. in Denver anytime from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
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What Kind of Kitchen Countertops Should You Get for Your Denver Home?


September 26, 2018

Nothing gives a kitchen a facelift like updating the countertops. If you’ve been in your home for a while, or if you own a home with a kitchen that hasn’t been updated in a while, it might be time to make a transformation. Once you are ready to go ahead with new Denver kitchen countertops, your biggest challenge might be deciding just what kind of countertops might be best for you and your family. Before you get started, you can read this article by the pros at Consumer Reports weighing in on different countertop materials for busy kitchens. Then, read on to find out what some of your options might be.

Laminate Counters for the Tight Budgets

Laminate counters today look better than they used to, but they are still the go-to countertop material for those who are budget conscious. You can get them in many different colors and patterns, however, and they are also more stain- and heat-resistant than the laminate countertops your parents had.

Solid Surface for Seamless Beauty

This is probably one of the most popular types of countertops today. Homeowners love the seamless look of these hard surfaces, and for the most part, they are durable and resistant to stains. They can become scratched, however, so it’s crucial to only cut on a cutting board.

Granite for Strength

Granite has been the most popular countertop for the past decade or more. Nothing can beat it for its beauty of color and pattern. While it is strong, it does require some maintenance in the form of resealing. If it chips, you’ll need to call in a professional to make repairs.

Quartz for Easier Maintenance

If you are looking for something that is easy to maintain, look no further than quartz. This material that looks very much like stone can be tested to its limits. For instance, if you place a pot directly on the counter you just took off a hot stove, your quartz countertop will maintain its beauty. It’s great for cooks who spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
If you have a small kitchen, you might be interested in one of our prefabricated slabs. This can save you a lot of money and can be found in quartz as well as marble, granite, and travertine.

Limestone and Marble for Clean Lines

A lot of people love how limestone and marble look but think they are too difficult to maintain for them to be practical as kitchen countertops. Depending on how hard your family is on countertops, these can still be a beautiful option for many kitchens. You’ll have to take a bit of care with them to keep them from staining, but when they do become worn, it tends to be in a lovely way that many people enjoy have as part of their kitchen. 

Are you ready to update your Denver kitchen countertops? Contact Natural Stone Sales and we can help you decide on the best option for your busy kitchen. For more than three decades our expert staff has been making customers throughout the Denver area happy with our superior and customized natural stone services. We can handle any of your natural stone needs, we use the best products available, and we would be glad to design and install a kitchen countertop that can maximize the attractive beauty and overall value of your home. Call us today at 303-777-7485.
 
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