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The Benefits of Using Denver Slate in Your Home


May 24, 2017

You’ve probably heard of granite, ceramic and porcelain tile, and marble, but what about slate? Denver slate is one of the most versatile natural stones for your home, but many homeowners are unaware of the many benefits that it provides. If you’re one of these homeowners, learn about the benefits here:

Durability

Slate is considered to be one of the most durable natural stone flooring materials. It is very resistant to stains, cracks, and chips, so you shouldn’t see any damage if you accidentally drop something on your slate floor. This makes slate a good choice for areas within your home that see a lot of foot traffic, such as the kitchen or family room.

Versatility

It doesn’t matter what the rest of your home looks like—you will be able to find a style of slate that fights right in. There are dozens of different colors and styles of slate, which makes this natural stone very versatile. Plus, the veining and other features that are found in slate are all natural. This means that each piece of slate is like a unique work of art that can’t be recreated.

Easy to Replace

Although slate is extremely durable, it’s not unbreakable. If you do damage a piece of your slate flooring, you don’t have to panic. You can very easily replace the damaged tiles without ripping up the entire floor. However, it is wise to plan ahead by ordering a few extra tiles when you do the initial install. Keep these tiles handy in the event that you need to replace broken ones. Why? Because the color and veining within slate varies so greatly, it’s best to have a few extra pieces from the initial batch on hand so it’s a closer match to the rest of the floor.

Increase Your Home’s Value

Slate is thought of as a high quality natural stone similar to granite and marble. Because of this, you shouldn’t expect slate to be cheap. However, paying the high costs upfront can help you down the road. How? Including slate in your home can increase your home’s value if you eventually decide to sell it. Even if you don’t plan on selling in the next few months, keep your slate in good condition and it will increase your home’s value regardless of when you choose to list it.

Waterproof

If you’re choosing flooring for a kitchen or bathroom, you will need to consider how water resistant each material is before making a decision. Slate is one of the most water resistant flooring materials, so it’s the perfect choice for your kitchen or bathroom. Another bonus? Because slate is waterproof, it’s also easy to clean.

You can read more slate flooring pros and cons here. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing slate around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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How to Use Denver Natural Stone to Create A Spa Atmosphere in Your Bathroom


May 17, 2017

Are you thinking of redoing your bathroom? If so, you may be interested in creating a bathroom that resembles a high-end spa so you can kick back and relax in your tub or steam shower. One of the best ways to pull this look off is by using Denver natural stone in various places around the bathroom. Here’s how you can use natural stone to transform your bathroom into a luxurious spa:

Use travertine on the floors.

Many homeowners choose porcelain or ceramic tile for their bathroom flooring, but if you want to create a spa-like atmosphere, use travertine instead. Travertine has a warm, earthy look so it is perfect if you want to create a natural looking spa environment. Plus, travertine doesn’t get as slippery as other tiles because it’s not polished, so it’s the perfect choice for the bathroom.

…And in the shower.

It’s common to use porcelain or ceramic tiles on the shower walls, too. But if you choose travertine for your floors, it’s best to use it on the shower walls as well instead of switching materials. This will make your bathroom look much warmer, more cohesive, and calming.

Choose marble over granite countertops.

Marble and granite are both considered to be two of the most high-end materials, so they’re probably on the top of your list for your new countertops. Even though both are viewed as luxurious countertop materials, marble works better with the spa theme than granite, so it is the best choice to help you achieve the desired look. See the comparison of marble vs. granite here.

Add tiles to the wall.

Everyone knows that a kitchen should have a backsplash, but did you know you can create a backsplash in your bathroom as well? Lay glass tiles on the wall behind your sink and countertop to create a unique backsplash in your bathroom. If you are using a lot of white throughout the rest of your bathroom, choose cool blues or greens. But, if you are using a lot of soft colors in your bathroom, stick to warm neutrals for your backsplash to nail the “natural spa” theme on the head.

Add wood accents.

Now that you’ve chosen the countertops, flooring materials, and shower tiles, it’s time to finish your new bathroom by adding wood accents. For example, create a wall or bench using wood slats to make your bathroom look like a high-end minimalist spa. Adding wood accents gives the entire bathroom a Zen-like atmosphere so you can unwind and clear your mind while soaking in the tub or relaxing in a steamy shower.

Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing various natural stones around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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Explore the Different Types of Marble Available in Denver


May 10, 2017

Over the last few years, Denver marble has become increasingly popular. From backsplashes to countertops, marble is being used everywhere and anywhere inside today’s homes. If you’re interested in using marble in your home, one of the first things you will need to decide is what type of marble you would like. Here are some of the different types that you will have to choose from:

Carrara Marble

One of the most popular types of marble is Carrara marble, which is typically white or gray in color. The all-white kitchen and bathroom trend that has taken the interior design world by storm is made possible thanks to the clean look of Carrara marble. But, Carrara marble does not have to be completely white. Some types of Carrara have veining, although it is typically fairly light and delicate. Learn about Carrara marble benefits before installing this in your home.

Calacatta Marble

People often refer to Calcutta marble, but what they mean is Calcatta marble. At first glance, this marble may look very similar to Carrara marble, as they both are typically white with grey veining. However, Calcatta marble usually has much darker veining than Carrara marble. Calcatta marble is also much more rare than Carrara, so it may be more expensive and difficult to find. If it is in your budget, adding Calacatta marble to your home instantly makes the room feel more luxurious and rich.

Statuary Marble

Statuary marble is also similar to Carrara marble, but has more distinctive veining and a glossier finish. This type of marble tends to reflect light, so it has the power to open up small rooms and make them appear larger and airier. Therefore, it’s a great choice for kitchen or bathroom countertops in rooms that are on the smaller side.

Crema Marfil Marble

This type of marble originates in Spain and typically has a yellow or beige color with light to dark veining. It is very easy to find this type of marble, and it is usually far less expensive than other types of marble, which makes it a popular choice among homeowners who want the look of marble but want to stick to their budget.

Emperador Marble

Similar to Crema Marfil marble, Emperador marble also comes from Spain. This type of marble can be white, gray, or even various shades of brown. Because it is a darker color, it hides signs of wear and tear better than other types of marble, so it is often used on floors in high-traffic areas within the home. Its warm color also works well around fireplaces, as it complements the soft glow of a flame.

Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing marble around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home
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How to Choose a Granite Installer in Denver


May 3, 2017

Installing Denver granite in your home is a job that is best left to the professionals. There are dozens of companies that claim they can install granite, so how should you choose which one you should hire? Here are some tips to help you find a reliable company to install your granite:

Learn about their equipment.

Before hiring a company, ask them what equipment they use to cut the granite. It’s important that the equipment isn’t too old, otherwise you may not get a clean cut. If the granite is not cut correctly, the company will not be able to seam it properly either, so the entire job will look sloppy.

Don’t choose based on price alone.

If you’re remodeling your home, you may be looking for ways to cut costs at every corner, but it’s very important that you don’t choose a granite installer based on the cost alone. First, low costs could indicate that the quality of the company’s work is not good enough to justify higher prices. It could also indicate that the company is using low quality materials. Granite comes in different grade levels, including building, standard, and premium grades. Low grade granite will likely have unattractive veining or pitting, which is why it is priced so low. Learn more about grading granite countertops.

Plus, sometimes a company will sell you by offering you a low price, only to upcharge you later on in the process. For example, a company may only quote you on the cost of the materials, but won’t tell you that they will be charging you more to fit the granite around your sinks and appliances. Be sure to ask for a quote that includes all charges so you know exactly what you should expect.

Read online reviews.

Do a quick Google search of the company before you officially hire them to see what other customers have said about them in the past. If you see one bad review and 20 positive ones, then it’s fair to say that you should ignore the bad review. But, if there are pages and pages of complaints, this should be a cause for concern.

Ask for pictures.

Every granite installer should be able to show you pictures of some of their past work. In fact, most companies will have a book of photos or a page on their website dedicated to their work. If a company is not willing to show you pictures of homes they’ve worked on, or if they only show you one or two pictures, it’s best that you find another company with a bit more experience.

Contact Natural Stone Sales in Denver for help with installing granite around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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Should You Choose Prefinished or Unfinished Denver Hardwood Floors?


April 26, 2017

Besides choosing the plank width, stain, and type of wood, you will also have to decide whether you want prefinished or unfinished hardwood floors in Denver. Prefinished floors are finished before arriving at your home, so all that needs to be done is the installation. Unfinished floors will need to be installed and sanded down at your home before a professional is able to apply a finishing coat. Which should you choose? Take these pros and cons into consideration before finalizing your decision:

The Installation Process

Flooring professionals do not have to do as much work to install prefinished hardwood as they would have to do to install unfinished hardwood. This means the installation process is much faster for prefinished wood, which is important if you do not have a lot of time to spare.

Additionally, flooring professionals will need to sand down unfinished wood after it has been installed. This means that wood dust will fill the air around your new floors, which could irritate your respiratory system. Once the finish has finally been applied, you may not be able to walk over the floor for hours or even days. Plus, the smell of the finish can linger in the air while it dries, which can make the unfinished wood installation process even more unpleasant.

Finished Product

Will unfinished or prefinished wood look better once it has been completely installed? It depends on your preference. Prefinished wood often comes with slightly rounded edges, which some people love and some people hate.

Because unfinished wood is sanded down once it’s been installed, the flooring professional can make sure that all of the planks are the same height. However, prefinished floors are not sanded down after installation, so if the subfloor is uneven, your wood planks may be slightly different heights as well.

Maintenance

The finish treatment that is used on prefinished wood is much stronger than the treatment used on unfinished wood. This is because it is applied in a commercial setting, so stronger chemicals can be used. Therefore, prefinished wood floors tend to be more durable than unfinished wood floors.

However, it is harder to repair prefinished wood than it is to fix a problem with unfinished wood. If a portion of your prefinished wood is damaged, you may have to sand down the entire floor or completely replace the affected area. If your unfinished wood shows signs of damage, you can usually get rid of the imperfection by sanding the spot. So, although prefinished floors are more durable, they are more difficult to repair. Learn how to repair hardwood floors.

If you need help making this decision, talk to the professionals. Contact Natural Stone Sales for help with installing Denver hardwood around your home. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home!
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