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Why are my newly installed Travertine Tiles have a White Haze and Texture?

ANSWER - If your travertine was dark and rich before it was grouted and sealed, then it should be able to be returned to that condition since it is a natural stone the surface can be…

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How long should we wait to install bluestone pavers over a concrete porch?

ANSWER -  The general rule is to wait 28 days for the concrete to cure, although that depends on the thickness of the concrete, the temperature and humidity,  and the concrete mix. If you use…

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How can I Polish my Marble Tile to get a good Shine?

ANSWER - Assuming when you say marble that it is a true calcium carbonate marble you can buy kits with diamond pads and a powder compound with water to re-polish a marble that has scratches…

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What can I use to darken limestone rock?

Answer:  There are sealers that will darken natural stone and give it a wet look.  They are called enhancers.  They make the stone water resistant too.  There are surface sealers, which I wouldn't recommend as they…

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Should both sides of my granite backsplash be smooth and shinny?

Answer - I will assume that when you say both sides of the 4" tall granite backsplash you are talking about the front side which you will see, and the back side that is bonded…

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Are there tolerances for natural stone edge profiles to be consistent looking?

ANSWER - The Marble Institute of America (MIA) Dimension Design Stone Manuel Version 8 says for bullnose or other rounded shaped profile edges that the allowable tolerance is no more variation than +/- 1/32 (+/-…

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Will a Water Flood Damage my Tile or Stone?

ANSWER - You are right in that if the tile or stone was installed correctly with properly placed movement joints that the flood should not affect the tile. * If the tile wasn’t installed correctly…

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What causes Stress Fractures or Indent Fractures in Natural Stone?

ANSWER - We have seen this condition in marble before.  They are referred to as indent fracturing or stress fracturing veins.

You said that the veins went all the way through the stone, the…

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Why does my New Marble Floor make Creaking Sounds and is it a Defect?

ANSWER - Since the marble was installed over a wood sub-floor, which I assume was plywood, the creaking or squeaky sound is probably due to the plywood not being attached properly.   The plywood itself between…

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Questions about how to install a Granite Countertop

ANSWERS - First of all it is odd to have a 1/2" thick granite slab for a countertop.  Maybe you are installing 1/2" granite tiles?  Or maybe you mean you have a 3/4" thick granite?…

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