Archive for July, 2012

July 2nd, 2012

Great Choices In Custom Marble In Salt Lake City, Utah

marble salt lake cityWhen I began to investigate sourcing of natural stone in Utah, such as granite, limestone, soapstone, travertine, and marble,  Salt Lake City emerged with the top honors.  One of four American offices of Francini Marble is located in the Salt Lake, offering select quality products for residential and commercial projects.  The founder’s family home was in Carrerra, Italy, where internationally prized white marble is integral to the local culture and economy.

In today’s competitive marketplace, and with a struggling economy, customer service holds value at least equivalent to the dollar, and can be the distinguishing and deciding factor when making a purchase.  Francini Marble realizes the importance of service in any transaction, and the diverse and exotic inventory allows me to choose what I want rather than just what is available.   Purchasing offices are located in Brazil, India, and Italy, where the owner’s exotic tastes are reflected in unique and beautiful veining and coloring.  Quality follows the product from selection and distribution to sale and installation.  Standards have been established that give confidence in the utility and appearance of the final product.  If I want a counter top or surface to accentuate the entire décor, samples from the customer are requested of their furnishing (cabinetry, paint, etc.) to ensure proper matching.  As a stone can have varying hues and veining, I can examine and approve the entire piece prior to purchase, ranging in size from a tile to a block.

Custom houses become homes with personalized selections of materials and colors.  Designers and home owners can travel virtually to quarries the world over, while never leaving the state.  I know when I purchase marble, Salt Lake City is as far as I need to go to find a design and texture that seems to emerge from my own imagination.  If I need granite for the kitchen and marble for the boudoir, only one stop is necessary.  The experienced employees will prevent me from choosing the wrong stone for a given purpose, such as using a porous product near liquids that can stain, or putting a soft marble where it can be easily chipped with hard use.  If I buy in bulk from a large retailer, this priceless advice is not available and I could end up with an expensive purchase I regret for years.

The natural parks of the beehive state present many hues of reds and browns, with expansive views that invite dreams and creative expression.  It might surprise visitors to know that residents can choose custom marble as diverse and beautiful as Utah as well!

July 2nd, 2012

How I Decided On Granite in Boise

granite boiseFrom a customer in Idaho.

“It took a few weeks until I could decide on how to renovate my old kitchen counter, a laminate fixture that did not have enough space for most of my needs.  The old laminate counter was just eight feet by eighteen inches and it was necessary to have a new one in order to get the full use out of my kitchen.  There were several different options for the counter and the cost of granite at first made me wary about purchasing a countertop in one go.  However, eventually it became clear that granite was the best choice to replace a laminate countertop.

Granite proved to be beneficial due to its lasting quality.  So many of the testimonials available from the manufacturer made me realize how many other homeowners were in the position where they wanted an upgrade for their kitchen, but they wanted something more permanent than their previous fixture.  Granite has by far the best staying power, with enough strength to hold up thousands of pounds of pressure without cracking — strength that laminate or wood could never hope to match. A lot of granite, I learned, comes from mines within either Brazil or Finland and has as many colors as the spectrum of the rainbow.  An Imperial Red granite counter top looks like red sandstone while the Mascarello coloration has a smooth gold-silver color scheme.  What’s more, it was possible to add different colors on top of the counter and the counter edges easily.

One of the major benefits of granite is the ease of cleaning.  I found that it took steel wool and chemicals in order to eliminate some stains from laminate, while granite counter tops can be cleaned with little more than soap and water without worrying about scratching or scoring the surface.  A coat of polyurethane allowed even greater ease of cleaning.  It is possible to place a piece of citrus fruit upon the polyurethane counter and not worry about the acid wearing away at the table top.  Even a hot cup of coffee will not cause the surface to warp or develop blisters.

The countertop from Francini granite in Boise greatly exceeded my initial expectations about replacing the counter top.  The look of my kitchen turned from colorless and drab into a timeless centerpiece for my kitchen. Thank you to Francini Granite, Boise, ID.”

Tom S.