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Terrazzo Treasures

Monday, April 21st, 2014

If your home was built between 1920 and 1950 there is a good chance that you may have a terrazzo treasure underneath that carpet or tile in the foyer or basement.

Terrazzo floors are intricate colored concrete, usually Limestone based, with broken marble or “other” chips integrated into the floor’s design.  Often multi-colored, these floors were colorful architectural decoration in their heyday.  Today terrazzo has all but disappeared in residential homes, relegated to use in new schools or large commercial buildings where its concrete like durability accompanied with its flexibility make it an architectural favorite.  Terrazzo’s use in the residential market is substantially more expensive than a marble or granite tile floor.

The ability to restore terrazzo and marble floors is a fairly new development.  In fact, prior to the late 1970’s, restoration or maintenance services were not readily available.  As such, as foot traffic dulled the original finish, floors were covered by carpet or vinyl tile.  Today, techniques exist to remove dull areas, restore the original gloss finish, and repair cracks and chips.  In effect, the reason many of these surfaces were originally covered no longer present a problem.  It is less expensive to remove the carpet or tile and restore the floor than to re-tile.

A restored terrazzo floor adds substantial value and historic charm.  So if you are living in a 1920 to 1950 historical home, you may have a terrazzo floor hidden away that you did not know about.  Take a peak under that carpet or tile!

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Natural Stone And Tile Restoration Addresses Lippage Too

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Got Lippage?

Have you ever happened to get your heel caught by the floor of natural stone? Or maybe you tripped over the unexpected irregularity of your tiles? The fact is that you can be injured and in the process also damage the tiles on the floor or even make a deep scratch on your natural stone floor. Believe it or not, there is a possibility of this happening if you have a problem with lippage.

Have you even thought about changing of the entire floor due to this annoyance? Rest assured, there is a solution to your problem. Sungloss Marble Co. offers high quality and effective methods in restoring its once existent beauty and get rid of this hazardous issue.

Facing more and more complaints from our regular customers with this problem we decided to dedicate more time and attention to education in regards to this issue.

Let’s start from scratch. What actually is a lippage?

Lippage is a variation in the height of the adjoining tiles. This is defined in the ANSI (American National Standards Institute). Lippage typically refers to differences in elevation between edges of adjacent tile modules.
 General rule in our industry is that maximum variation of the finished surface should be no more than 1/8 “over a cumulative 10 ‘0 ‘Lineal measurement, with no more than 1/32″ variation between smooth-surfaced tiles.

Poor installations are a common problem that can take away from the beauty of natural stone and can also be a safety hazard. Sungloss Marble Co. offers you a quality solution to this problem. And the end result will be that your natural stone has restored its own look the way it should have looked alike in the beginning, the one you fell in love with, at first sight.

Sungloss Marble Co. specializes in the removal of lippage from all different kind of natural stones (i.e. marble, granite , limestone, onyx, slate, travertine) with surprisingly great final results. Many of our customers reported exceedingly great reviews upon completion of our work.

In the process, we reduce costs, restore a high gloss to the marble, granite and other stones with almost dustless grinding and treatment, since removal of the pre-set tiles, or even the entire floor, would cost much more. We always keep in mind cost effectiveness of our job and overall satisfaction of our customers.

Removing the Lippage helps to make the floor look like it was originally laid properly and also makes maintenance easier in the future. There is another, very important fact about this problem — if lippage is present, it is possible to see so called ” window,” or frame on your floor, because the surface polish is not 100% effective when lippage is visible. Once removal is completed, and the floor is flattened, we can begin the secondary phase, called resurfacing — the smooth polishing of marble, granite, limestone and other natural stone surfaces.

One example in which our client had a problem all over the floor, and seriously debating changing the entire floor, but has showed confidence in our promise and has given us a chance to “attempt” to remedy his problem. The result, of course, was very good and justified the trust we earned by our clients. Even 20+ year old marble floors can look like brand. Sungloss Marble Co., once again, proved to solve the most difficult tasks at hand. Every day, we face challenges that require years of experience and dedication to stay, thrive, and make our customers part of our satisfied family.

We are here to bring you a smile, reduce the cost of the overall maintenance of the natural stone, and be there for you in case you have any questions and/or concerns. We hope that you share a love for natural stone as much as we do! If you’d like to stay in touch, or get tips & techniques on how to clean marble and other natural stone tile surfaces…sign up for our mailing list and then we can mail, email or otherwise send you useful tips on cleaning, care of sealing, marble, limestone, granite, and other natural stone surfaces to keep your investment looking beautiful for a lifetime.

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Recession Update – Green is Growing

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

We recently read an interesting study at Greenseal.org (link) which finds that despite the recession, 4 out of 5 people are continuing to buy green products and services today. This shows the reach of the green movement and also the power of consumers to tip the scale towards change. It tells us there are two ideas converging—the idea that acting to sustain our resources transcends money, and the idea that green products and services should cost no more than the former ‘non-green’ ways. Sungloss Marble Company is very exited about the study findings. We have been striving to be green in our product choice and work procedures for almost two decades now. Our customers mostly have come along with us in our enthusiasm, but overall it has been a slow rate of education and support. But now, it seems the green tide is washing over the majority of homeowners. (more…)

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Financial Considerations and Stone Care in Today’s Economy

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

In the current atmosphere of financial uncertainty, homeowners may find themselves putting off all but the most critical contractor work. There are a few things to think about when deciding to postpone stone restoration. We’ve seen a whole range of stone wear, and some circumstances warrant more concern than others. High traffic or what I call ‘high abuse’ areas, particularly where water is present (bathroom vanities, bathroom floors, showers, and kitchen floors or countertops), tend to require more maintenance and upkeep. These areas will almost always have a dirty, mottled, or etched appearance after a cycle of regular use, which will only get worse in time. They would be my first priority. That being said, with proper home care and cleaning, the intervals between professional visits can be lengthened. Proper home care is another blog entry in itself, but the Marble Institute of America’s page on cleaning is a starting point (http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/care.cfm). Some areas in the house that see less use might only need “well-care” (i.e. periodic re-sealing), which would be a lower priority, one to come back to during the next cycle of maintenance. (more…)

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