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Natural Stone Installation seminar notes #SDS2017

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 @ 01:40 PM

At the recent Surface Design Show, visitors to the Stone Hub were able to speak to a number of different stone industry experts and get advice on a wide range of topics related to using natural stone in their projects. 

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Topics: installation, sealing, choosing natural stone

Surface Design Show 2017

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 01:14 PM

Visit Amarestone at the London Surface Design Show 2017.

We are busy preparing for the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in London which runs 7-9 February 2017.

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Topics: surface design show, exhibitions

Black and White Marble floor tiles

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

Choosing Black and White Marble Floor Tiles:


Black and white marble floor tiles have been popular for a hundred years and more. It is still a classic good look for Victorian and Edwardian houses. But with a little creativity, the style can work well in more modern houses and it doesn't have to be limited to a purely black and white colour palette.

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Topics: French limestone, spanish marble, belgian fossil, spanish limestone, nero marquina, carrara, black and white, chequerboard

Caen Limestone - its place in English history

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 08:41 PM

Even as far back as the days of William the Conqueror, the French have always known a thing or two about stone. Almost one thousand years later, his buildings and his stone are still impressing us British.

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Topics: French limestone, Caen stone

The Marble of the Alhambra - Spanish Macael Marble

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 @ 06:17 PM

Blanco Macael - the Spanish marble of the Alhambra Palace

Over the last few years, we have been researching some of the more unusual Spanish limestones and marbles. The Blanco Macael Spanish marble from the southern tip of Spain is well known to us but I hadn't realised that it had such a famous pedigree or that Macael can be yellow, grey or green as well as white.

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Topics: marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, facade, quarry, White marble

How 4 common myths cause leaks in your bathroom

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

 

Recently, we have been asked to advise on several different situations where an inappropriate substrate has resulted in damage to the extent that the natural stone tiling now needs to be replaced. So, we would like to share with you the most common problems we come across and our top tips for protecting your new bathroom from water damage.

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Topics: limestone, marble, installation, bathroom

Portuguese Marble - Pretty in Pink - an update

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 09:45 AM

Portuguese marble is pretty in pink.

In previous blogs, we've talked about Portuguese limestone, and how these Portuguese stones are loved by designers for their uniformity and predictability of colour, veining and shelling. But the Portuguese also have a range of marbles which are really eye-catching.

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Topics: choosing marble, estremoz, vila vicosa marble, blue marble, blue stone, marble, marble flooring, marble tiles, prestige marble, portuguese marble, White marble, quality marble, rosa aurora

How to Clean and Restore Stone Floors

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 09:19 PM

Cleaning and Restoring Natural Stone Floors

Other articles on our blog site talk about the importance of properly sealing stone floors for ease of maintenance. For a variety of reasons, sometimes it just doesn't happen and a floor can end up being stained. So what can be done to restore the floor?

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3 things clients forget when specifying stone

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

Choosing Natural Stone for projects

The three important things that clients tend to overlook:

I was asked, recently, to present a seminar to members of the Stone Federation of Great Britain as part of the regular training that the members undergo. One section of my talk focussed on three of the main questions that are asked of the Stone Federation's technical help line.

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Topics: tile layout, surface finishes, choosing natural stone

French Limestone Flooring - external patios

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 05:06 PM

French Limestone Flooring for external use.

 

Did you know.... Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads stations both use French limestone as paving on their busiest platforms. Still think limestone isn't hard enough?

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Topics: French limestone, CE Marking, Ampilly, external stone