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A Guide to Using Denver Ledger Stack Stones


November 15, 2017

Ledger stack stone is a unique and versatile natural stone that can be used both inside and outside of the home. If you are considering adding this natural stone to your home, it’s important to know where you should use it and how you can take care of it. Here’s a guide to incorporating Denver ledge stack stones into your home:

Where to Use Ledger Stack Stones

Ledger stack stones can be used virtually anywhere in the interior or on the exterior of your home. Because this stone has a natural and earthy look, many homeowners choose to use it around the fireplace. Learn more about stacked stone fireplace design.

Stack stones are also a great alternative to basic subway tile backsplashes in the kitchen or bathroom. They work especially well in kitchens that are fairly monochromatic. For example, if you have an all-white kitchen, using ledger stack stones for the backsplash will add texture and dimension to the room. Even though everything is the same color, these stones will add depth and character to make the kitchen look more vibrant.

These warm and rustic stones can be used around a fire pit or outdoor kitchen, too. The installation process is easy and the stones can be installed on top of any type of wall, which means there are endless opportunities to incorporate ledger stack stones into your home’s design. Be creative and fearless when choosing where they should go!

How to Care For Ledger Stack Stones

Homeowners love ledger stack stones because they are fairly low maintenance. You don’t need a special type of cleaner for ledger stack stones, but you should avoid using cleaners with bleach or acid. To clean the surface of ledger stack stones, apply the cleaner and then gently wipe it off with a damp towel.

Ledger stack stones may be durable, but they are not indestructible. It’s best to have them sealed right after they are installed and then again every few years to preserve the stack stones’ beauty. This is especially true if the ledger stack stones are installed outdoors where they will be exposed to damaging environmental elements.

Work with a professional to choose the right sealant for your stones. A sealant that also acts as an enhancer will typically “enhance” the natural color of the stones. This means the color could look slightly different after the sealant has been applied. If you do not want this to happen, look for a penetrating sealant with no enhancing properties.

Now that you know the ins and outs of using ledger stack stones, are you ready to install this beautiful natural stone in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater 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 Get the Best Deal on Denver Granite


November 8, 2017

Granite is known as one of the most beautiful natural stones, but unfortunately, it is known as one of the most expensive, too. But, this doesn’t mean that homeowners with a small budget should immediately assume that granite is out of their price range. There are a few ways that you can get a better deal on Denver granite to make it more affordable. Follow these tips:

Look For Lesser Known Colors

Granite comes in many different colors—some that are far more popular than others. For example, Aspen White and Steele Gray are two of the most popular colors right now. Because these colors are in high demand, they will probably be more expensive than other lesser known colors. If you want granite countertops, but don’t have your heart set on a certain color, then you may want to ask if the prices vary by color. It may not be a huge difference in price, but every little bit helps if you are trying to get the best deal possible. Learn more about granite countertop colors.

Ask About Granite Remnants

If you are installing granite on a small area, ask the granite supplier about the possibility of using granite remnants. A granite remnant is a small piece of granite that is left over from another customer’s project. There are not many ways for a granite supplier to use these leftover pieces, which means they will typically sell them to customers at a discounted price. Although granite remnants cannot be used to cover all of the countertops in a kitchen, they can be used for a kitchen island or bathroom countertop.

Stick to Standard Edges

One of the decisions that you will have to make when installing granite has to do with its edges. You can choose from many different types of edges, but to save money, stick to standard edges. A lot of work goes into creating fancier shapes such as beveled, ogee, or bullnose edges, which means the cost of installation will increase with these choices. To keep costs low, ask the installer to use a standard edge on your countertops.

Shop Local

Granite is difficult to move because of its weight, which is why buying granite from a local supplier is a good way to cut costs. A local supplier will not have to transport the granite as far in order to complete the job, which means they won’t incur outrageous transportation expenses that will be reflected in your final bill. But if you order from a supplier that is located hundreds of miles away, the supplier may charge you extra to transport the granite.

Are you ready to install granite in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater 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 with slate for your home!
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Denver Hardwood: Why Engineered Is Better Than Solid Wood


Many people assume that solid Denver hardwood is a better choice for their homes than engineered wood, but that’s not necessarily true. There are a number of advantages to choosing engineered wood over solid wood. Here are some of the many benefits:

More Resistant to Moisture
Solid wood that is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period of time may be warped and damaged beyond repair. These solid wood planks will probably need to be removed and replaced, which can be expensive. To avoid this problem, choose engineered hardwood instead of solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood is far more resistant to water, so it won’t be severely damaged if it is exposed to light moisture. This doesn’t mean that engineered hardwood should be used in moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms or basements, but it will hold up better than solid wood in other areas of the home. Learn more about the best and worst floors for moisture prone rooms.

Easier Installation
Flooring professionals find that it is much easier to install engineered wood than it is to install solid hardwood. In fact, engineered hardwood can typically be installed right over plywood, concrete, and even in-floor heating systems, whereas solid hardwood cannot. Even though you won’t be involved in the installation process, an easier installation can still be beneficial to homeowners. Why? The easier it is for a professional to install flooring, the less time it will take for him to finish the job. Therefore, the installation process will be less disruptive since it will be finished rather quickly. There’s also less of a chance that there will be an issue with the installation if the process is easier.  

Return On Investment
Both engineered and solid hardwood can increase the value of a home and make it more attractive to buyers. But, homeowners may need to refinish their solid hardwood floors before listing their home if there is noticeable damage. However, this may not be an issue with engineered floors since they are typically more durable than solid hardwood floors. Once the costs of refinishing are factored in, engineered hardwood is often a better investment than solid hardwood.

Cost
The cost of flooring will vary depending on the supplier and type of wood, but in general, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood. Because engineered and solid hardwood look nearly identical, homeowners can usually get the sleek and elegant look that they desire without spending as much by choosing engineered wood.

Now that you know the advantages of choosing engineered wood instead of solid wood, are you ready to install engineered hardwood floors in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater 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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Things You May Not Know About Denver Hardwood Flooring


October 25, 2017

Hardwood flooring is incredibly popular because of its elegance, timelessness, and versatility. But, many homeowners don’t know much about Denver hardwood flooring outside of the fact that it looks nice once it’s installed. Before installing hardwood floors, learn as much as possible about them so you know if they’re a good fit for your home and lifestyle. Here are four things that you may not know about hardwood flooring:

Environmental Elements Can Cause Damage

Hardwood flooring is fairly durable, but it is far from indestructible. Many things can damage a hardwood floor, but environmental elements such as water and sunlight can often do the most damage. If the hardwood is exposed to too much sunlight, it can cause discoloration, which will ruin the beautiful look of your floors. But, water damage is a much more serious problem. A few drops of water that is quickly wiped away probably won’t do any harm, but if water is left on the surface of hardwood for too long, it can cause the wood to swell and buckle. Learn how to extract water from wood flooring.

Hardwood Floors Can Be Refinished

Over time, hardwood floors may start to look dull. But fortunately, this does not mean that you have to replace the entire floor. The beauty of your hardwood floors can be restored with a process that is known as refinishing. First, the original finish is sanded off of your hardwood floors to remove all visible signs of damage. Then, a fresh finish is applied to the surface of the sanded floors. Refinishing will restore your floor’s beauty for a fraction of the cost of replacing the flooring material.

Hardwood Flooring Increases the Value of Your Home

Do you plan on selling your home in the future? Hardwood is a great investment for homeowners because it increases the value of the home. Real estate buyers are drawn to homes with hardwood flooring, so if you decide to sell, having hardwood will give you a competitive advantage.

There Are Many Different Styles

You may think that all hardwood flooring looks practically the same, but that’s definitely not the case. People that install hardwood flooring in their homes will get to decide on the species of wood, color, width of the planks, and the type of finish that will be applied to the surface. A dark colored wood with a glossy finish will look completely different from a light colored wood with a matte finish, so there’s no reason to think that all hardwood floors will look the same.

Are you ready to install hardwood flooring in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater 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 with slate for your home!
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The Different Types of Finishes on Denver Travertine


October 18, 2017

Travertine is a natural, neutral colored stone that is often used inside and outside of homes. Even though travertine only comes in neutral, earth-toned colors, that doesn’t mean it will be easy to choose the right travertine for your home. There are many other decisions to make when selecting Denver travertine tile, starting with which type of finish you would like. Here are some of your many options:

Tumbled

The first type of travertine that you should consider for your home is tumbled travertine tile. Tumbled travertine has a rough, uneven surface that looks aged and antique. To create this finish, travertine is machine-tumbled with small rocks that hit against its surface. Because tumbled travertine is more porous than traditional travertine, it’s not a good idea to use this finish on flooring. If you do, debris can become trapped in the pores and liquid that is spilled on the floor will immediately soak into the stone. Play it safe by only using tumbled travertine on hard-to-reach areas such as kitchen backsplashes. Learn more about travertine tile finishes: tumbled, polished, and honed.

Polished

On the opposite end of the spectrum is polished travertine, which is clean and smooth. At first glance, polished travertine looks very similar to marble, but it’s not nearly as expensive. Just like marble, polished travertine will need to be sealed on a regular basis to prevent damage. It will also need to be polished once the glossy finish starts to look dull. Because of its elegant appearance, polished travertine is often used in luxurious living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens.

Honed

Most flooring professionals agree that honed travertine is the most popular choice for the home. Both honed and polished travertine have flat and smooth surfaces, however honed travertine has a matte finish, whereas polished travertine has a glossy finish. The matte finish tones down the look of the travertine tile and makes it appropriate for every room in the home. Although honed travertine has a more versatile appearance, it’s more likely to stain than polished travertine. Keep this in mind when deciding which finish is right for your home.

Brushed

Brushed travertine has a matte finish similar to honed travertine, however it is not nearly as smooth. This type of travertine is rough on the surface, so it may not be a good choice for indoor flooring. However, because it is not as slippery as honed or polished travertine, it is often used in outdoor spaces, especially in areas around swimming pools.

Now that you are familiar with the many different finishes, are you ready to install travertine in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater 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 with slate for your home!
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