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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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How can I match my existing Marble Floor?

ANSWER - Your description of the marble sounds like it could be a Perlino Rosato Marble. Depending on the type of natural stone you are trying to match, it can be easy to match or…

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How do we install tile on a new concrete side walk?

ANSWER - First of all you need to determine what kind of tile to install?  It needs to be slip resistant, and it needs to provide a relatively flat surface so no one trips.  If…

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How do I re-polish Floor Tiles?

ANSWER - The method you use to re-polish a tile surface depends on what kind of tile you have.  You can't use a chemical by itself to polish a tile.

If you have a polished…

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What causes our Tile to Squeak and What can we do to Stop it?

ANSWER - Normally Squeaking floors is caused by the plywood sub-floor not being well attached to its base and when you walk on that portion of the floor it moves, which causes the squeak sound.…

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