But What Have You Done For Me Lately?

It’s been a busy couple of months around here at Prestige Marble & Granite. We are all moved into our new, completely indoor, heated AND air conditioned showroom space, located at 2494 Park Plus Drive in Columbia Tennessee.

We are so excited about our ability to provide our customers the chance to peruse our massive selection of stone year round, regardless of weather conditions. We almost never think it’s too hot or too cold to check out the most beautiful and exotic stones around – now you won’t either!

Just one section of our awesome new showroom space – packed with a variety of natural stone slabs, of course.42521683_1864840666918534_3872770112427655168_nPhoto: Prestige M & G
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We love how these amazing blue quartzite counters turned out. Blue quartzite is an extremely versatile stone that is practical for both indoor and outdoor use thanks to its beauty and incredible durability. Quartzite is an extremely hard natural stone, created when sandstone is put through high heat and pressurization processes deep under the earth’s surface. Blue quartzite is a popular choice for those wanting more than just white and gray out of their natural stone.

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This Blanc du Blanc granite turned out fabulously for this kitchen remodel. Blanc du Blanc is a creamy white colored stone with light to dark brown veining, quarried out of Brazil. It is a beautiful bold neutral that can compliment a variety of design and color schemes.

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We love how beautiful these Bianco De Vinci marble counters look in this brand new white kitchen. They add a polished element to the country chic cabinetry. The customized edges really elevate the whole look and give this space a slightly more luxe feeling.

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Sparkle White Quartz was the perfect choice for the counters in this gorgeous gray and white kitchen. It’s hard to capture in photos, but the Sparkle White has icy and silver flecks throughout that give an extra flair to whatever space its in.

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As always, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation, and can answer any further questions you may have about the information shared here. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom, or give us a call, any time!

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Tips for Choosing the Right Fabricator

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Countertop choice is a huge part of any home design or renovation process. Homeowners spend a lot of time deciding exactly which slab makes the perfect statement for their space.  Equally, if not even more important than choosing the right slab, is choosing the right fabricator. How is this possible?

The right fabricator will be able to help you choose the right material and slab for your needs. They will be able to explain proper maintenance to insure your counters stay beautiful. While this seems like an obvious part of the job, many fabricators simply don’t take the time or have the knowledge. Founded by Aaron Cook, Prestige Marble & Granite has over 15 years experience in fabricating the highest quality natural stone countertops, earning the company a fabulous reputation as the premier marble and granite business in the region.

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There are several different things to consider when choosing your fabricator, some more obvious than others. Here are some important questions to ask to ensure you are completely happy with your final choice, and ultimately your countertops!

What kind of Certifications does the fabricator have?

An established and professional fabricator will be certified. It’s as simple as that. Fabrication and installation certification programs establish industry-wide standards for training and provide measurable proof of knowledge about both the process and products. Prestige Marble & Granite is a member of the Marble Institute of America, which is an instrumental force in setting the standards of quality for stone fabrication and installation. Prestige is also a member of the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee and the Stone Fabricators Alliance.

 

What options do they offer?

Countertops today are made from a wide range of different materials. Are you looking for something that will need to stand up to daily use or are you more interested in creating a specific look? An ideal fabricator will be able to help you choose the best option for your usage, budget, and aesthetic desire.  They will be experienced with multiple materials and offers a wide array of choices: granite, marble, quartz, etc. Also, it’s important to be aware of the fact that no two pieces of stone are exactly the same. For that reason its important to find out if you will be able to choose your actual slab, or have to make your decision based on a small sample.

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What kind of equipment do they use? And do they have in-house installation teams?

Top professional fabricators throughout the U.S. use the latest in digital stone cutting technology. This is important when simple mistakes can be costly, cause delays, and negatively affect the final look of your beautiful counters. At Prestige we use state-of-the-art CNC stone cutting machines, routers, and digital templating for quality fabrication and on-time delivery. With digital templating, we can account for the undulation of your wall and ensure the counters match up perfectly.  From your vision to computerized CAD drawing to installation of your countertop, your project will receive state-of-the-art craftsmanship and the attention to detail it deserves. We also never use subcontractors and invite you to come see how we operate anytime!

This is our CNC saw, the GMM Intra. The Intra allows us to either program on the floor or import a CAD drawing. The Intra can cut parallel, perpendicular and diagonal arcs and circumferences. This machine allows Prestige to cut a wide range of materials quickly and with absolute precision.
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The Luna 740S is an automatic edge polisher which has been specifically designed to produce straight, slanted , bullnose, and a variety of other edges. This machine is capable of profiling  granite, marble, and engineered stones quickly and efficiently.
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The fact that we at Prestige are completely involved in the entire process, from design to fabrication to installation, helps ensure your counter tops turn out exactly as you imagine.

 

Do they provide references? Can you see examples of their finished projects?

A reputable fabricator will be able to provide references of recent projects. If you can visit one of their job sites and/or showroom, that’s also highly recommended. This allows you to ensure the quality of their finished work meets your standards. This requires a bit of extra research and work on your part, but will absolutely help provide peace of mind about such a big investment into your home.

Do they provide a warranty on their work?

When making any kind of large purchase it’s nice to know the company you are working with will stand behind their work. At Prestige we offer a lifetime warranty on all stone and sinks. We are passionate about making your installation a success and are dedicated to the level of customer service required to ensure your happiness for the lifetime of your counters. Prestige’s commitment to customer satisfaction has earned us an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

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Whatever project you can dream up,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design, fabrication, and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom and bring their ideas and questions with them anytime!

 

Spring Renewal at Prestige Marble & Granite

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Vitoria Stone Fair 2016 in Brazil – With over 25,000 visitors from 57 countries and more than 1200 types of rocks, this largest ornamental stone fair in Latin America showed the trends for 2016, as well as machines, equipment and supplies.
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Prestige owner Aaron Cook purchasing a new state-of-the-art polishing machine at the StoneExpo‬ in Las Vegas (part of the International Surface event, TISE)

Spring is a time for refreshing and renewing; and Prestige Marble & Granite is no exception. Our Spring renewal each year begins with attending national and international stone fairs and expos, where we meet with other industry pros and suppliers, get the scoop on upcoming trends for using natural stone in interior design, as well as learn about the latest and greatest in fabrication technology. After walking what feels like thousands of miles on convention hall floors and networking with hundreds of fellow “stone people,” our  Spring refresh culminates with a big buying trip, allowing us to bring you the best and most beautiful in natural stone for your interior design projects.

This year our Spring Renewal brings you four truckloads of stunning new stones! Here’s a look at some of our new favorites. ( Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stones, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our showroom to view these unique beauties in person!)

CREMA BORDEAUX

Crema Bordeaux slab

Crema Bordeaux is famous for its amazing colors and is often said to resemble the planet Jupiter with its swirling pink and cream patterns. While there is no standard predominant color for this granite, you can expect a combination of certain minerals and colors in varying levels of saturation. You’ll find creamy golden tones combined with red hues that range from soft pink to golden orange to rusty burgundy. Grey to dark blue mineral deposits ground the red tones, making this stunning stone easy to integrate in most any design scheme.

PURPLE DUNES

Purple Dunes slab

This distinctive granite from Brazil has dramatic veining in deep purples, golds, grays, creams, and browns. Purple Dunes is very durable, making it ideal for for interiors, well as landscaping projects and and outdoor kitchens in climates with freezing temperatures.

Life is Good

Life is Good granite

Don’t you love the soft, organic vibe of the directional veining in this blue marble? We’re wild about our new “Life is Good.” This stunning blue-hued slab has soft, but distinct diagonal streaks in shades of grey and beige, making it an elegant choice for both kitchens and baths.

VIENNA GRANITE

Vienna Granite slab

This beautiful slab of Vienna granite is fabulously modern in appearance with multi-directional veining and dramatic mineral deposits that really pop – giving the stone a modern edge. Vienna would be a stunning complement to any contemporary design!

These four beautiful selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones! We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by and browse any time.

Magnificent Marble: A Look at Four Stunning Varieties

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The columns of the Parthenon were made of Pentelic marble, a material that was utilized for the first time. Pentelic marble is flawless white with a uniform, faint yellow tint, which makes it shine with a golden hue under sunlight. The ancient quarry at Mount Pentelicus is now protected by law, and used exclusively to obtain marble for the Acropolis Restoration Project.

While marble has been used in building and sculpture since classical times, it’s no secret that this elegant stone is definitely having a moment in interior design. White Carrara marble has been a design trend for a few years, used on everything from surfaces to furniture and decorative objects; but with the luxury goods market coming out of its shell, it has become fashionable to accomplish an upscale design that’s also unique. When it comes to marble surfaces, whether as a bath vanity, kitchen countertop, or fireplace surround, there is now a trend towards having what’s unusual, instead of what’s more commonplace.

Prestige Marble & Granite specializes in the rare and precious stones that will ensure a luxurious, one-of-a-kind aesthetic. And while we’re still very fond of classic and elegant Carrara (Michelangelo’s David was carved from it!), here’s a look at four rare marble selections from our designer collection that are sure to make a style statement in your home.

(Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stone, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our showroom to view these stunning marble examples in person!)

Calacatta Silver

Calacatta marble is precious and rare because it is only mined from one quarry in the world, high atop the mountains in Carrara, Italy. The quarry is hard to access in winter months, so it cannot be mined year around. Calacatta has a pure white background with thick, distinct veins that range in color from gray to brown and gold. It’s the bold unique pattern of this marble that makes it very desirable in all parts of the world. This gorgeous Calacatta Silver is just one variety of several Calacatta stones we have available.

Emperador Dark

Endowed with durability, as well as great beauty, Emperador Dark is a compact, fine-grained stone that allows multiple finishing. This sophisticated and elegant stone is extracted from the area around the town Novelda, Spain, a major center of the marble industry. Emperor Dark features a range of dark rich browns and grays, and it’s normal to see white crystals and veins that are concentrations of white and clear calcite.

Breccia Sarda

Breccia Sarda is a consistently dark cream or beige colored marble with well-distributed pinkish veining that harmonizes to create a soft, luxurious feel. This elegant and refined stone is extracted in the area of Orosei, in the region of Sardinia, Italy.

Sequoia

Sequoia marble from Italy is an exotic stone that stands out for its specific hardness. The coloring ranges from grey to soft brown and the beautiful veining that recalls wood grain makes this stone quite unique.

These four stunning marble selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones. We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by and browse any time!

Counter Intelligence: What to Expect with Marble in the Kitchen

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Always a classic, marble is certainly having a moment in interior design. It’s popping up in kitchen renovations everywhere, and for good reason. A beautiful marble countertop or backsplash will add a luxurious feel to a modern kitchen, and can produce an elegant note in a rustic one. The exquisite beauty of marble always makes for a stunning design statement that’s both complementary and bold.

You may have noticed that many stone salespeople and designers recommend granite for kitchens because they’re likely to stay in mint condition, even with sloppy housekeeping, while marble countertops can become scratched, stained, etched or dulled. Yet this hasn’t stopped cooks in Italy from rolling their dough on marble for centuries. And it certainly shouldn’t stop you from installing it in your own kitchen – provided you know what to expect.

Whatever the style of your kitchen, there’s sure to be a gorgeous marble that’s calling your name. If you’re considering taking the marble plunge, here’s what you need to know.

But first, a little history
When you know a bit about the underlying geology, the issues that can plague marble are a little easier to understand. Marble actually started out as limestone, which is basically calcium carbonate (mostly from shells) combined with silt from ocean floors. The buckling and shifting of the earth’s crust resulted in heat and pressure softening the limestone and causing it to recrystallize as a harder, denser material.

Staining
These crystals in marble are impervious to staining but the microscopic spaces between them can absorb watery and oily materials that can results in stains. By applying a penetrating sealer, you can narrow the voids and make them so small that liquids can’t flow through as quickly. The sealers made today gives you maybe 24 hours, versus 30 minutes, to wipe up spills before they lodge too deep for you to wipe them away.

Etching
Etching is physical damage to the marble that leaves a light and dull spot on the marble. It’s a corrosive action that occurs on all calcite-based stones (marble, travertine, limestone) upon contact with acidic substances like coffee, juice, soda, salad dressing, tomato sauce, vinegar, etc. There is no way to reverse this once it has occurred (although it may be technically possible to sand down a dull area and re-polish the marble), and since avoiding contact with acidic substances is nearly impossible in the kitchen, most people just accept there may be the occasional dull spot. You can think of a little etching here and there as “added character,” but to make etching less noticeable, consider buying marble with a honed surface rather than one that is highly polished. While honed marble isn’t quite as “formal” looking, it is exactly what you will find in most Italian kitchens!

Scratches
When it comes to scratch resistance, your best bet is to deal with a company that really knows stone. The Marble Institute of America has a rating system that identifies which marbles are hardest and least porous, but you may find that much of what’s offered for countertops isn’t rated. Asking a knowledgeable and reputable vendor which of the available marbles are most suitable for kitchen countertops is your best defense.

Prestige Marble and Granite offers an array of designer marble and granite suitable for kitchen countertops. Our knowledgeable staff is here to guide you in the selection of the stone best suited to your lifestyle and personal taste. We welcome your visit to our showroom anytime!