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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… Read more »

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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 depending… Read more »

Marble Countertops: A Year Later

For those of you who are unsure of whether or not marble is the right choice for your kitchen, read this article! It describes the different ups and downs this homeowner experienced during a year of heavy use of her marble countertops. Many of our customers that come in wanting to install marble countertops are… Read more »

Quartz vs. Granite: As Told by a Geologist

Frequently customers that come into our showroom are not yet aware of the differences between Quartz and Granite. In fact, many of them don’t know that Quartz is actually a man-made stone. This article from Forbes reviews the different materials that make up Quartz, and how they relate to Granite. Forbes: Quartz vs Granite Composition… Read more »

Porcelain Countertops from Ciot

We recently hosted an event in which we brought in some new materials from one of our suppliers in Toronto. One of the main features of the event were the slabs of porcelain from Ciot. Many people are unfamiliar with this man-made stone as a countertop surface, but porcelain is actually a great choice for… Read more »

Practicality as a Theme

Practicality has become a theme in bathroom and kitchen design. Give this article a read for further insight on this developing trend in the industry. Link Below: Practicality In Kitchen & Bath Design

Kitchen Appliance Trends

Kitchens are always changing, new trends pop up and some stay for a year or multiple years.  Below is a list of some of the latest trends I have researched and noticed in multiple homes. Integration Homeowners do not want to always see their appliances, they like to integrate them into their cabinets.  Below is… Read more »