Expert Answers in stone
What are the Natural Stone Countertop Standards ?
ANSWER - The standard practice for suppliers and fabricators of natural stone slabs for countertops and other applications is to have the client inspect and approve the slab before fabricating it. Typically there is paperwork…Read More
Why does my Marble Floor have Orange Rust Stains and How can I remove them?
Well… I assume when you say dolomite you are referring to a type of marble, that might in fact be a type of limestone that is commercially referred to as a marble. I assume you…Read More
How do I find a new Tile Installer to Fix or Complete my Tile Installation
ANSWER - It is very difficult to find a qualified tile installer to fix problems caused by another installer or to get them to complete an incomplete tile installation. The qualified installer doesn't want to…Read More
What is the Stone Industry Standard for the Allowable amount of Marble Tile Lippage?
ANSWER - Per the Natural Stone Institute Dimension Stone Design Manual the tolerance for the allowable lippage for a for a calibrated marble or any calibrated natural stone floor tile is 1/32". This is based…Read More
How to Remove Adhesive Stains from a Calcutta marble countertop
ANSWER - The only glue they should be using on a marble countertop is the resin adhesive to bond the section together or to bond the apron to the slab. Sometimes if they have joints…Read More
Why do I have Brown Spots on my Granite and how do I remove them?
ANSWER - Determining what is causing a stain or how to remove it, depends on whether this is a granite countertop or a granite floor tile or a granite wall tile in a shower or…Read More
Should Stone Countertop Backsplashes be Thinner than the Countertop
ANSWER - There are no industry standards for natural stone countertops that dictates how thick the backsplash is relative to the thickness of the countertop itself. All of the industry details for countertops depict the…Read More
What are the Standards for the Fabrication and Installation of Stone Countertops?
ANSWER - There is no mandate on where seams can or cannot be placed on a stone countertop, although the standards do state that the layout of the joinery of the countertops is extremely important…Read More
What are the Industry Standards for Installing Tile and Stone?
ANSWER - Too often tile and stone installers don't follow industry standards because they have never been formally trained and don't know what are the standards. They generally have learn from others and assume those…Read More
How do I replace my Spa Spillway Surface?
ANSWER - I assume you will remove the existing spillway. Assuming it is bonded to a mortar bed or to the gunite/shotcrete substrate, after removing the existing spillway, make sure you scarify it and it…Read More