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#blog Ledger stack stone is a unique and versatile natural stone that can be used both inside and outside of the home. If you are considering adding this natural stone to your home, it's important to know where you should use it and how you can take care of it. Here's a guide to incorporating Denver ledge stack stones into your home: Where to Use Ledger Stack Stones Ledger stack stones can be used virtually anywhere in the interior or on the exterior of your home. Because this stone has a natural and earthy look, many homeowners choose to use it around the fireplace. Learn more about stacked stone fireplace design. Stack stones are also a great alternative to basic subway tile backsplashes in the kitchen or bathroom. They work especially well in kitchens that are fairly monochromatic. For example, if you have an all-white kitchen, using ledger stack stones for the backsplash will add texture and dimension to the room. Even though everything is the same color, these stones will add depth and character to make the kitchen look more vibrant. These warm and rustic stones can be used around a fire pit or outdoor kitchen, too. The installation process is easy and the stones can be installed on top of any type of wall, which means there are endless opportunities to incorporate ledger stack stones into your home's design. Be creative and fearless when choosing where they should go! How to Care For Ledger Stack Stones Homeowners love ledger stack stones because they are fairly low maintenance. You don't need a special type of cleaner for ledger stack stones, but you should avoid using cleaners with bleach or acid. To clean the surface of ledger stack stones, apply the cleaner and then gently wipe it off with a damp towel. Ledger stack stones may be durable, but they are not indestructible. It's best to have them sealed right after they are installed and then again every few years to preserve the stack stones' beauty. This is especially true if the ledger stack stones are installed outdoors where they will be exposed to damaging environmental elements. Work with a professional to choose the right sealant for your stones. A sealant that also acts as an enhancer will typically "enhance" the natural color of the stones. This means the color could look slightly different after the sealant has been applied. If you do not want this to happen, look for a penetrating sealant with no enhancing properties. Now that you know the ins and outs of using ledger stack stones, are you ready to install this beautiful natural stone in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home! http://dlvr.it/Q12clC
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#blog Granite is known as one of the most beautiful natural stones, but unfortunately, it is known as one of the most expensive, too. But, this doesn't mean that homeowners with a small budget should immediately assume that granite is out of their price range. There are a few ways that you can get a better deal on Denver granite to make it more affordable. Follow these tips: Look For Lesser Known Colors Granite comes in many different colors—some that are far more popular than others. For example, Aspen White and Steele Gray are two of the most popular colors right now. Because these colors are in high demand, they will probably be more expensive than other lesser known colors. If you want granite countertops, but don't have your heart set on a certain color, then you may want to ask if the prices vary by color. It may not be a huge difference in price, but every little bit helps if you are trying to get the best deal possible. Learn more about granite countertop colors. Ask About Granite Remnants If you are installing granite on a small area, ask the granite supplier about the possibility of using granite remnants. A granite remnant is a small piece of granite that is left over from another customer's project. There are not many ways for a granite supplier to use these leftover pieces, which means they will typically sell them to customers at a discounted price. Although granite remnants cannot be used to cover all of the countertops in a kitchen, they can be used for a kitchen island or bathroom countertop. Stick to Standard Edges One of the decisions that you will have to make when installing granite has to do with its edges. You can choose from many different types of edges, but to save money, stick to standard edges. A lot of work goes into creating fancier shapes such as beveled, ogee, or bullnose edges, which means the cost of installation will increase with these choices. To keep costs low, ask the installer to use a standard edge on your countertops. Shop Local Granite is difficult to move because of its weight, which is why buying granite from a local supplier is a good way to cut costs. A local supplier will not have to transport the granite as far in order to complete the job, which means they won't incur outrageous transportation expenses that will be reflected in your final bill. But if you order from a supplier that is located hundreds of miles away, the supplier may charge you extra to transport the granite. Are you ready to install granite in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PzqVRv
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#blog Many people assume that solid Denver hardwood is a better choice for their homes than engineered wood, but that's not necessarily true. There are a number of advantages to choosing engineered wood over solid wood. Here are some of the many benefits: More Resistant to Moisture Solid wood that is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period of time may be warped and damaged beyond repair. These solid wood planks will probably need to be removed and replaced, which can be expensive. To avoid this problem, choose engineered hardwood instead of solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood is far more resistant to water, so it won't be severely damaged if it is exposed to light moisture. This doesn't mean that engineered hardwood should be used in moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms or basements, but it will hold up better than solid wood in other areas of the home. Learn more about the best and worst floors for moisture prone rooms. Easier Installation Flooring professionals find that it is much easier to install engineered wood than it is to install solid hardwood. In fact, engineered hardwood can typically be installed right over plywood, concrete, and even in-floor heating systems, whereas solid hardwood cannot. Even though you won't be involved in the installation process, an easier installation can still be beneficial to homeowners. Why? The easier it is for a professional to install flooring, the less time it will take for him to finish the job. Therefore, the installation process will be less disruptive since it will be finished rather quickly. There's also less of a chance that there will be an issue with the installation if the process is easier.   Return On Investment Both engineered and solid hardwood can increase the value of a home and make it more attractive to buyers. But, homeowners may need to refinish their solid hardwood floors before listing their home if there is noticeable damage. However, this may not be an issue with engineered floors since they are typically more durable than solid hardwood floors. Once the costs of refinishing are factored in, engineered hardwood is often a better investment than solid hardwood. Cost The cost of flooring will vary depending on the supplier and type of wood, but in general, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood. Because engineered and solid hardwood look nearly identical, homeowners can usually get the sleek and elegant look that they desire without spending as much by choosing engineered wood. Now that you know the advantages of choosing engineered wood instead of solid wood, are you ready to install engineered hardwood floors in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look for your home! http://dlvr.it/PypFgK
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#blog Hardwood flooring is incredibly popular because of its elegance, timelessness, and versatility. But, many homeowners don't know much about Denver hardwood flooring outside of the fact that it looks nice once it's installed. Before installing hardwood floors, learn as much as possible about them so you know if they're a good fit for your home and lifestyle. Here are four things that you may not know about hardwood flooring: Environmental Elements Can Cause Damage Hardwood flooring is fairly durable, but it is far from indestructible. Many things can damage a hardwood floor, but environmental elements such as water and sunlight can often do the most damage. If the hardwood is exposed to too much sunlight, it can cause discoloration, which will ruin the beautiful look of your floors. But, water damage is a much more serious problem. A few drops of water that is quickly wiped away probably won't do any harm, but if water is left on the surface of hardwood for too long, it can cause the wood to swell and buckle. Learn how to extract water from wood flooring. Hardwood Floors Can Be Refinished Over time, hardwood floors may start to look dull. But fortunately, this does not mean that you have to replace the entire floor. The beauty of your hardwood floors can be restored with a process that is known as refinishing. First, the original finish is sanded off of your hardwood floors to remove all visible signs of damage. Then, a fresh finish is applied to the surface of the sanded floors. Refinishing will restore your floor's beauty for a fraction of the cost of replacing the flooring material. Hardwood Flooring Increases the Value of Your Home Do you plan on selling your home in the future? Hardwood is a great investment for homeowners because it increases the value of the home. Real estate buyers are drawn to homes with hardwood flooring, so if you decide to sell, having hardwood will give you a competitive advantage. There Are Many Different Styles You may think that all hardwood flooring looks practically the same, but that's definitely not the case. People that install hardwood flooring in their homes will get to decide on the species of wood, color, width of the planks, and the type of finish that will be applied to the surface. A dark colored wood with a glossy finish will look completely different from a light colored wood with a matte finish, so there's no reason to think that all hardwood floors will look the same. Are you ready to install hardwood flooring in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PxSWWn
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#blog Travertine is a natural, neutral colored stone that is often used inside and outside of homes. Even though travertine only comes in neutral, earth-toned colors, that doesn't mean it will be easy to choose the right travertine for your home. There are many other decisions to make when selecting Denver travertine tile, starting with which type of finish you would like. Here are some of your many options: Tumbled The first type of travertine that you should consider for your home is tumbled travertine tile. Tumbled travertine has a rough, uneven surface that looks aged and antique. To create this finish, travertine is machine-tumbled with small rocks that hit against its surface. Because tumbled travertine is more porous than traditional travertine, it's not a good idea to use this finish on flooring. If you do, debris can become trapped in the pores and liquid that is spilled on the floor will immediately soak into the stone. Play it safe by only using tumbled travertine on hard-to-reach areas such as kitchen backsplashes. Learn more about travertine tile finishes: tumbled, polished, and honed. Polished On the opposite end of the spectrum is polished travertine, which is clean and smooth. At first glance, polished travertine looks very similar to marble, but it's not nearly as expensive. Just like marble, polished travertine will need to be sealed on a regular basis to prevent damage. It will also need to be polished once the glossy finish starts to look dull. Because of its elegant appearance, polished travertine is often used in luxurious living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. Honed Most flooring professionals agree that honed travertine is the most popular choice for the home. Both honed and polished travertine have flat and smooth surfaces, however honed travertine has a matte finish, whereas polished travertine has a glossy finish. The matte finish tones down the look of the travertine tile and makes it appropriate for every room in the home. Although honed travertine has a more versatile appearance, it's more likely to stain than polished travertine. Keep this in mind when deciding which finish is right for your home. Brushed Brushed travertine has a matte finish similar to honed travertine, however it is not nearly as smooth. This type of travertine is rough on the surface, so it may not be a good choice for indoor flooring. However, because it is not as slippery as honed or polished travertine, it is often used in outdoor spaces, especially in areas around swimming pools. Now that you are familiar with the many different finishes, are you ready to install travertine in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PwHB2g
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#blog Changing the countertops can completely transform the look of a bathroom. But, which type of countertop should you choose? There are many different types of Denver natural stone countertops that will work perfectly in your bathroom. Here's a look at some of the best options: Granite Granite has been the go-to choice for homeowners for years, and it's not hard to see why. Granite will never go out of style, which means homeowners don't have to worry about replacing the countertops again to keep up with the latest trends. But, its appearance isn't the only thing that puts granite at the top of this list. Granite is a low maintenance natural stone and is incredibly durable, so you won't have to spend a lot of time taking care of these countertops. Marble Marble is more high maintenance than granite, but it's still one of the most popular bathroom countertop choices because of its stunning appearance. Many homeowners choose marble that is either pure white or white with gray streaks to create the clean and simple bathroom of their dreams. If you decide to install marble countertops, make sure that you have them sealed annually to prevent stains. Learn more about marble care and maintenance 101. Porcelain Many people think of tile solely as a flooring material, but it can also be used to create unique bathroom countertops. Porcelain tiles are low maintenance, durable, and not nearly as expensive as granite or marble. Its affordability makes it a popular choice for homeowners that want natural stone countertops, but don't want to break their budgets with granite or marble. It's recommended that use large porcelain tiles if you plan on installing these in your bathroom. Why? The larger the tiles, the less grout there will be to clean on your countertops. Slate Slate is not as well known as other natural stones, but it's a great countertop choice that every homeowner should consider when remodeling a bathroom. Slate is very resistant to heat, so you don't have to worry about ruining your countertops with a hot curling iron or straightener. It also doesn't absorb liquids as quickly as other natural stones, which means it won't stain as easily. But, there is one downside to choosing slate countertops. Homeowners can choose from dozens of different colors if they go with granite, marble, or porcelain. However, the same cannot be said for slate. Slate can be found in various natural, earthy colors, but if you're looking for something more bright and bold, this is not the best choice. Are you ready to install new bathroom countertops in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PtnBMR
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#blog Limestone is a classic natural stone that can be used inside and outside of your home. Although it has a timeless beauty, it still isn't as well known as granite or marble, so many homeowners are unfamiliar with this striking stone. If you're unsure of how to incorporate Denver limestone into your home, follow these tips: Design A Limestone Fireplace A lot of homeowners use marble around their fireplace, but if you want your home to stand out, choose limestone instead. Limestone is just as sleek and elegant as marble, but it also has a textured surface that gives it a bit of an edge. Using limestone around your fireplace is a great way to draw attention to this feature and make it the focal point of the room. Use Bold Colors Many natural stones come in bold colors, but limestone only comes in neutral colors. This gives homeowners the opportunity to pair limestone with bright and vibrant colors such as red, green, blue, and orange. The muted color of limestone will tone down the brightness of these colors and make them look more sophisticated. Limestone will provide balance to the room so the bright color that you choose does not overpower the entire space. Install Limestone Flooring Limestone tile is a great flooring material because of its durability, which makes it a wise investment, and natural texture, which makes it comfortable to walk across. Many homeowners choose to use limestone tiles in their kitchen to create a rustic, natural look. But, this isn't the only area where you can install limestone flooring. Limestone is resistant to water and stains, so it can be used on practically any floor inside or outside of the home. Around the Pool Limestone is highly resistant to temperature changes and environmental elements, which is why it's often used around outdoor swimming pools. If you plan on renovating your outdoor space, consider using limestone around your pool. Limestone can also be used to create stone benches that surround a fire pit or outdoor kitchen near your pool. See more home exterior ideas with limestone. Alternative to Granite Granite has been the go-to choice for countertops for the last decade, but it's not for everyone. Homeowners who want their kitchens and bathrooms to stand out often choose limestone instead of granite. If you're not ready to replace all of your granite with limestone, start small. Replace the countertop on your kitchen island with limestone and leave the rest of the granite countertops as is. Using these two natural stones together is unexpected and original, so your guests will love your creativity. Are you ready to install limestone inside and outside of your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PsJTbl
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#blog Hardwood, marble, and travertine are often some of the first materials that come to mind when homeowners think about updating their flooring. But, many homeowners don't realize that they also have the option of choosing Denver glass mosaic tiles for flooring. Find out if this is the right flooring for your home by learning about its pros and cons: Con: Slippery Glass is much smoother than other natural stones, which means the surface can be quite slippery. If you want to use glass tiles on the floor, it's best to talk to your installer about adding a textured finish to the surface. Pro: Easy to Clean Glass tiles are not porous, so liquids and dirt will not be able to penetrate the surface and damage the tiles. This means that cleaning glass tiles is fairly easy, since all you have to do is wipe down the surface with a soft cloth or mop. It's also much easier to clean glass tiles because you don't have to find a special cleaner for this type of flooring. You may have to search high and low to find the right cleaner for other flooring materials, but you certainly won't run into this problem with glass tiles.   Con: Installation Process It's much harder to install glass mosaic tile than it is to install hardwood, travertine, or any other natural stone. Why? For starters, the mosaic tiles must be laid just right to create the desired pattern. In addition, the adhesive may be visible through the glass tiles if the installation is not done correctly. Either one of these mistakes could stick out like a sore thumb, which is why it's so important to find a professional that has experience installing this type of flooring. Pro: Appearance The main reason why homeowners choose glass mosaic tiles for their floors is because of its unique appearance. Glass mosaic tiles can be arranged to create beautiful, original patterns that no other home will have. Some of the colored tiles will also reflect the light, which gives the floor a soft glow that is absolutely breathtaking. If you're looking for a flooring material that will make your home stand out from all of the rest, this is the right choice. Con: Breakable Glass mosaic tiles may be resistant to stains and water, but that does not make them indestructible. Homeowners can damage their glass tile flooring by dropping something heavy onto it. The weight of the object may cause the glass tiles to crack or chip, which can leave sharp edges that can be dangerous. Learn more about the pros and cons of mosaic glass tile flooring. Are you ready to install mosaic tiles in your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PqkNsL
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#blog Denver natural stone doesn't just make your home more beautiful, it also increases the value of it. Why? Potential buyers love the look of natural stone, so installing granite, marble, slate, and other natural stone can attract the attention of more buyers. Here are a few ways you can make your home more valuable using natural stone: Statement Wall If you really want to impress potential buyers, consider adding a statement wall made out of natural stone. By covering a wall or portion of a wall with natural stone, you can instantly make a room appear warmer and more luxurious. A great place to incorporate a statement wall made out of natural stone is near the fireplace in your living room. Use natural stone to frame the fireplace and make it the focal point of the room. On the Patio No pool or patio is complete without the use of natural stone. Travertine is a popular choice for the patio and pool area because of its durability and natural, earthy look. Slate can also be used in these outdoor areas to create a more rugged look. Buyers love the idea of being able to entertain guests indoors or outdoors, so spruce up your outdoor space with natural stone to really make this area stand out. If you're putting natural stone around the pool, make sure you work with your flooring professional to choose one that is not slippery when wet. See the 8 types of natural stone decking. Countertops If you don't already have natural stone countertops, now is the time to install them. Granite and marble are two of the most popular natural stones for countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. Both of these stones are elegant, durable, and resistant to heat, which is why they work so well in these areas of the home. There are many different colors of both granite and marble, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a color that works with the rest of your home. The Bathroom The countertop isn't the only place in the bathroom that can be enhanced with natural stone. Natural stone is versatile, so it can be used in many different areas within the bathroom. Many homeowners also use natural stone in their showers, on their bathroom floors, and as backsplashes behind their sinks. This will turn your bathroom into a private oasis and will definitely increase the overall value of your home. Even if you're not thinking about selling your home right away, installing natural stone now will help put more money in your pocket when you do decide to sell. Once you're ready to start transforming your home with natural stone, get in touch with the professionals at Natural Stone Sales. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PpBPBf
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#blog Denver slate is becoming increasingly popular because of its durability, versatility, and beautiful appearance. If you are thinking of using slate inside or outside of your home, it's important to learn how to clean it so you can preserve its beauty for as long as possible. Follow these tips: Dirt and Debris Getting rid of dirt and debris that may be on the surface of your slate floors is crucial. Even the tiniest particles of dirt and debris could rub against the surface of your floor and scrape off some of the protective sealant. To avoid this problem, sweep your slate floors on a regular basis using a soft-bristle broom. If you don't check the softness of the bristles, the broom could scratch the protective layer on top of your slate. The broom may not get the dirt and debris out of the crevices. If you find that dirt and debris is accumulating in the hard-to-reach spots, try using a vacuum instead. Use one of the brush attachments instead of the actual vacuum so you can clean the nooks and crannies of your floor. Choose the Right Cleaners Slate is a natural stone, which means some cleaners may cause etching. Carefully read the back of any product that you intend to use on your slate floors to ensure it does not have lemon, vinegar, acids, or any other harsh chemicals. Look for a cleaner that is designed to be used on natural stone surfaces so you know it won't damage your slate floors. Or, you can always contact the company that installed your flooring to ask them for suggestions. Learn the care and cleaning of slate tile. Apply Mineral Oil Small scratches may start to appear on the surface of your slate—especially in  high-traffic areas of your home. Don't panic if you start to spot these scratches. After thoroughly cleaning and drying the floor, apply a small amount of mineral oil to a soft cloth and gently try to rub out the scratch. If it truly is a surface scratch, a little mineral oil will remove it in no time. Seal Regularly There are many different types of slate, and some of them have porous surfaces, which means they will stain easily if they absorb liquids. If you have porous slate, it's imperative to seal your floors once a year to prevent staining. It's possible to do this on your own, but it's best to leave this job up to a professional so you can ensure it's done correctly. Are you ready to install slate tiles inside and outside of your home? If so, contact Natural Stone Sales today to get started. Our expert staff has been working one-on-one with customers in the greater Denver area for over three decades. We specialize in providing superior and personalized natural stone and hardwood services using only the highest quality products on the market. Contact us today to find out how we can create a beautiful custom look with slate for your home! http://dlvr.it/PmffQ9
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