All About Sealers!

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Generally, we recommend resealing your countertops approximately once per year.  With the amount of money one spends on material and fabrication the minimal dollar amount it costs to reseal is a very wise investment.  If you maintain/clean your countertops regularly with natural stone cleaners (our or T&M Neutral Cleaner) your sealer should be effective for 3-5 years.

How do you know when to reseal?

The best/easiest way to determine if your sealer is performing would be to apply a drop of water at least ½ inch in diameter to the top of the stone and let it sit on the stone for at least 15 minutes.  Cover the area with a glass to inhibit evaporation.  Wipe off the water drop, if the stone did not darken then your stone is sealed against water-based stains.  Testing for oil repellency is not as simple because if your stone is not sealed, you will have an oil stain.

What should I use to remove a stain on my stone countertop? 

First, you wou774581713ld need to identify what type of stain you are dealing with.  If it is an oil base stain, Oil + Stain Remover by Stonetech would be your best option.  If it is an organic stain, a dry poultice mixed with water should do the trick.  After stain removal, reseal your countertop with your preferred sealer.  We would recommend Bulletproof by Stonetech as it is a water based sealer, and perfoms better than any other water based sealer on the market.

 

 

Introducing: T-Rx Coating

T&M is Pleased to Introduce T-Rx Coating for your Terrazzo Needs!

  • T-Rx is a permanent, high performance terrazzo coating designed for high-traffic interior applications.
  • Uses IPN technology to provide unsurpassed mar and scratch resistance, high gloss and excellent chemical resistance
  • Permanent Water-Based, 2-Part Urethane/Acrylic Coating
  • Applies like a floor finish
  • Never strip again

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“T-Rx has been down in our Civil Engineering building for 4 months now. I’m so impressed there isn’t a mark on the floor. This is the main entrance to the building which gets lots of water and leaves tracked in and it hasn’t hurt the floor at all. The floor is only damp mopped once a day. I can’t wait until T-Rx is available because I want to put it down in more buildings on campus. I highly recommend this product.”

Assistant Superintendent 

University of Illinois – Chicago, IL

www.trxcoating.com

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2014 NTMA Honor Awards

2014 NTMA Honor Awards

Terrazzo & Marble would like to congratulate all 2014 National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association (NTMA) Honor Award winners. Each year the NTMA recognizes the most interesting, intricate and beautiful terrazzo installations from the previous year at their annual convention. This collection of jobs truly demonstrates how the quality and craftsmanship of an NTMA terrazzo Contractor and creativity of architecture and design can transform a floor into a performing art.

Center in the Square – David Allen Company

Center in the Square
David Allen Company

Kalama River Office Building CORRADINI Corp.

Kalama River Office Building
CORRADINI Corp.

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Kelsey Seybold Hospital System
Southern Tile & Terrazzo

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Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus Phase 2A
Colorado Design Inc. Tile & Terrazzo

University of Michigan Crisler Center – Michielutti Bros.

University of Michigan Crisler Center
Michielutti Bros.

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San Diego International Airport
T.B. Penick & Sons

Christopher Newport University Pompei

Christopher Newport University
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Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church – Roman Mosaic

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church
Roman Mosaic

LAX Bradley West Concourse & Core – CORRADINI Corp.

LAX Bradley West Concourse & Core
CORRADINI Corp.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Artisan Tile

Federal Reserve Bank
Artisan Tile

Not  Pictured:

Minneapolis International Airport
Grazzini Brothers

Cleveland Hopkins Airport
O.A. Bertin

St. Luke’s Hospital
DESCO Coatings

Floor As Your Canvas – San Diego Int. Airport


San Diego Int. Airport

Architect: HNTB – San Diego, CA
Terrazzo Contractor: T.B. Penick & Sons -  San Diego, CA
Terrazzo Resin Supplier: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies
(Terroxy® Resin Systems)

 

Design Notes: The improved San Diego International Airport features 215,000 square feet of terrazzo.  Architect, Gordon Phillips chose terrazzo not only because of its durability but the ability to produce a  multitude of design ideas while keeping a seamless and clean finish. The idea behind the design was to reflect the movement of the surf on black sand showing in order across the width of the concourses – black sand, wet sand, foam, foam on water and water in sequence.  The terrazzo pattern in the areas of the terminals known as Sunset Cove and the Rotundas, was inspired by the tide pools and boardwalks at Point Loma, a local beach in San Diego.  The results were not only beautiful but conveyed San Diego’s unique sense of home.

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

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Now Trending = Porcelain Wood Planks

With porcelain plank tiles made to portray wood currently being the hottest must have trend in every home or business, it was a no brainer to introduce Vintage to our Vitalia Porcelain Collection.  The Vintage series comprised of three different shades (Brun, Gris and Melange) is made to resemble real wood.

Rustic and charming, the Vintage series has an old world look that is made to never go out of style.  At this point, I’m sure you’re asking yourself why not just go with actual hardwood flooring?  Well the answer is easy: porcelain tile is low cost, has great strength and is low maintenance.  It is highly durable, and much easier to care for than real wood.  It also has a natural resistance to moisture, letting any home owner or business achieve the hardwood look in any room.

We think that the Vintage series will demand attention in any room!

What do you think of this new trend?  Check out some of these amazing porcelain plank tiles that look like real wood.

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Vintage Series – Brun (Available in 8×36 Planks)

Gris web

Vintage Series – Gris (Available in 8×36 Planks)

Melange web

Vintage Series – Melange (Available in 8×36 Planks)

 

The Beauty of Terrazzo

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Terrazzo flooring has a long and rich history that dates back over 1500 years.  The word Terrazzo originated from the Italian word for “terraces.” It was created purely by chance by Venetian marble workers.  During the 15th-century workers discovered a new use for discarded chips from slab marble.  They began setting odd size marble pieces from paying jobs in clay to surface the terraces around their own homes.  The results were amazing.  Throughout time, the process evolved and we now use glass, granite and quartz along with marble chips.

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Kalahari Resort – 2012 NTMA Job of the Year by the Grazzini Brothers & Company

The combination of beauty, durability and low maintenance has led to a renaissance in the use of terrazzo over the past decade. Today, terrazzo flooring continues to provide the ultimate in durability and low maintenance, typically lasting the life of the building.

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Terrazzo is not just for flooring. Terrazzo conference table by David Allen Co.

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With Terrazzo flooring, your visions come to life!

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Carpet vs. Terrazzo?

Choosing carpeting over terrazzo flooring may be a cheaper choice now but over time it becomes just as expensive as a terrazzo floor if not more.  Carpeting doesn’t last forever, while a terrazzo floor technically does. Terrazzo flooring is durable and typically outlasts the life of a building itself.

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Charlotte Arena by David Allen Company, Inc.

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Riley Hospital for Children by Santarossa

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Brooks Elementary School – Rosa Mosaic & Tile Company

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Parkview Hospital – Vitrified Terrazzo by Santarossa

 References

http://www.ehow.com/about_5336231_history-terrazzo.html

http://arcadianflooring.com/maintenance-bht.html#bht

 

 

Multimodal Transportation Center & City Hall


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Designer/Artist: Cotter Consulting – Chicago, IL  &  RATIO Architects – Champaign, IL
Terrazzo Contractor: Missouri Terrazzo – St. Louis, MO
Terrazzo Resin Supplier: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies
(Terroxy® Resin Systems)

 

Design Notes: This Uptown Train Station and City Hall located in Normal, IL is anything but Normal.  Being known as the second busiest Amtrak station in Illinois, and the City Hall of Normal, terrazzo was the first choice for flooring.  A clean and simple color scheme was chosen on the ground floor in order to complement the focal point, an intricate terrazzo graphic of a compass with retro depictions of trains, buses, cars and pedestrians.  The floor layout follows a radius design throughout, tying together both ramped floors and precast treads and risers.  This 12,000 square-foot of 3/8” epoxy terrazzo in nine colors is built to last 100 years.

 

With terrazzo, the possibilities are endless. Let the floor be your canvas and bring terrazzo into your next project by contacting your Architectural Sales Consultant for assistance at 800.7.MARBLE or visit www.tmsupply.com.

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The Natura Collection

Nature and technology team up to produce unique results with each slab. Patterns and finishes can be tailored thanks to the wide range of materials available and the use of innovative production techniques.

The Natura Collection utilizes digital technology to etch unique designs into the stone. This can be done with lasers, water jets or other techniques depending on the stone and design. Designs can be done on over 500 different types of stones, making the possibilities endless.

Verde Tunas - Contatto Design

Far From Ordinary…Verde Tunas-Contatto Design

Papilio

Far From Ordinary…Sandy Blue-Papilio Design

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Far From Ordinary…Nero Assoluto-Linea Gold Design

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Far From Ordinary…Grey Soapstone-Forest Design

Croco

Far From Ordinary…Limestone Persiano-Croco Design

Brown Antique - Maxi Flora

Far From Ordinary…Brown Antique-Maxi Flora Design

Arabesco

Far From Ordinary…Volga Blue-Arabesco Design

 

 

 

Terrazzo & Marble’s Chicago location receives a makeover!

T&M - Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M – Lake St. Chicago, IL

 

We recognized that it was time for a change with our stone location off of Lake Street in Chicago. We went to work and completely remodeled the showroom and cleaned up the warehouse. The new showroom showcases our company’s latest product offerings and the warehouse allows for easy visibility of slabs.

 

T&M - Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M – Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M - Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M – Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M - Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M – Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M - Lake St. Chicago, IL

T&M – Lake St. Chicago, IL

Fresh Stone Fridays! 11/08/2013

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Alpine White – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 4        Designer Rewards Points: 40

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Blue Sapphire – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2         Designer Rewards Points: 20

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Golden Oak – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

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Sienna Beige – Polished
Type: Granite        Price Level: 2        Designer Rewards Points: 20

 

Brun - Vitalia Vintage Collection

Vintage Brun – Matte Porcelain
Type: Vitalia Tile         Size: 8″x36″x3/8″

Gris - Vitalia Vintage Collection

Vintage Gris – Matte Porcelain
Type: Vitalia Tile        Size: 8″x36″x3/8″

Melange - Vitalia Vintage Collection

Vintage Melange – Matte Porcelain
Type: Vitalia Tile        Size: 8″x36″x3/8″