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Joint Location in Countertops

One of the biggest concerns for our customers is joint location in their countertops. Joints are more work for our installers which is why we do not like to put them in however they are necessary in some situations. Joints are necessary under the following circumstances: 1) Size of the slab: Granite slabs and especially …
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Dishwashers and Solid Surfaces

Over the years the way dishwashers are attached has changed.  This is primarily due to the fact that many of the counters people are having installed are granite, quartz, or marble.  When formica tops are installed the dishwashers can be attached directly to the  formica tops, by being screwed in.  With granite, quartz, and marble this …
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Quartz products in Buffalo

Here at Italian Marble & Granite in Buffalo we offer a wide variety of Quartz products.  Many of the colors look alike, however some manufactures are beginning to come up with great marble alternatives.  People want quartz for many reasons.  Such as the consistency of the stone, durability, and ability to now look like marble. …
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Patio Season in Buffalo

Hopefully in Buffalo the weather will begin to change and all the snow will start to become sunshine. With this in mind many people are beginning to plan their outdoor patios, outdoor kitchens, and other outdoor living spaces. When making selections for your outdoor patios their are many things to keep in mind when determine …
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Buffalo Home and Garden Show

Recently Italian Marble and Granite had the privilege to work on the Buffalo Home and Garden Show with the Interior Design Association of Western New York. The Interior Design Association completed an entire 1000 square foot pre fabricated home that was staged on the second floor of the Buffalo Convention Center. The home was decorated …
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What is a countertop layout?

A countertop layout is when a customer views their selected stone and sees where their countertop will be cut out of their specific slabs.  When customers come into Italian Marble and Granite for their layout they have usually seen their selected slabs at least once before.  But during the layout they are shown their selection …
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Natural Characteristics of Granite Countertops

Granite is a beautiful natural product that is taken directly from the Earth.  Each individual slab of granite or other natural stone will look slightly different.  With this said there a some natural characteristics of granite countertops that cannot be avoided. Pits-  Some granites have pits and others do not, it depends directly on the mineral …
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Antiqued Granite Countertops

  There are many different natural stone finishes to use on your countertops.  They range from leathered (antiqued), honed, polished, and many more.  These finishes do not necessarily jeopardize the integrity of the granite countertops.  However, additional coats of sealer may need to be applied.  When a stone is leathered it creates a textured finish, which varies …
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Countertop Edges-What is the best fit?

Picking your countertop edge can be a little overwhelming for some people, especially when taking specific stones into account.  When our customers are looking for edges we take three main factors into account. The most important factor to take into account is the type of stone.  A quartz countertop (engineered countertop) can have any type of edge, expect …
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