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Our BACA SawJet System

At the beginning of 2017, Indoor City Granite & Marble took a giant leap in the world of countertop fabrication with the purchase of our BACA SawJet System. Lovingly nicknamed Chewy by our team of designers, this piece of state-of-the-art machinery has transformed our countertop fabrication shop and the granite, marble and Quartz products we are able to offer our customers on a daily basis.

Meet Curt

Behind the day-to-day operations of this piece of machinery is Curt Sellard. Curt is a loyal Indoor City employee (having been with us for 8 years). Curt previously worked at Banta Tile & Marble for 30 years, which Indoor City bought the assets of in 2010. With 38 years of experience in granite fabrication, Curt diligently took on the role of learning the ins and outs of operating Chewy’s fabrication capabilities.

Having a big interest in cinematography, Curt jumped at the opportunity to enter BACA’s Robo SawJet Video Contest where he creatively made this informational (and entertaining!) video about Chewy. That’s not all – he proudly brought home the first place prize and also won “most unique video” in the contest.

We couldn’t be more proud of Curt’s accomplishments. He is a valued member of the Indoor City family and we appreciate his dedication and work ethic.

Check out Curt’s video! You won’t be disappointed.

 

If you would like to know more about Indoor City, or any of our designers contact us to talk about bringing your ideas to life.

Robo SawJet Video Contest

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If you ever watch HGTV, you are definitely familiar with the term “subway tile.” Subway tile (by definition) is “a style of white glazed ceramic tile, as used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century, especially the 3″ × 6″ size then used.”

In the design world, white subway tile is used all over the home from kitchen backsplashes to shower walls. However, did you know that subway tiles are also available in many natural stones such as marble, travertine & even limestone? Introducing a 3×6 stone into a kitchen backsplash gives a much different design element than the smooth, glossy feel of a traditional subway tile.

Carrara Marble, Silver Travertine, and Coastal Sands Limestone

In this kitchen, we paired a Tumbled Silver Travertine 3×6 with Casa Imperiale granite countertops. The natural color variation in the Silver Travertine picked up all of the beautiful colors in the granite and contrasted nicely from the soft white cabinetry. We love how it turned out!

Our Designers at Indoor City can always help with your interior design project! Contact us to make an appointment or stop by our Lancaster showroom and we will show you the latest in subway tile and other new products that will make your room special.

Natural Stone Subway Tiles

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Although choosing your tile may be a difficult decision, another crucial decision is choosing the appropriate grout for your tile installation. There are many factors that come into play when choosing the right grout, such as color, durability/cleanability, grout joint size, type of tile and surface.

Most grout types come in a vast range of colors, making the coordination between grout color and tile color feasible. There are even grouts with a sparkle quality including products such as Laticrete, Spectralock, Dazzle, Bostik, Dimension and Custom Fusion Pro. These glittering grouts are perfect for a glass tile installation. In picking grout colors, another important factor to take into account is contrast. Often times adding a little contrast with your grout selection is a great way to spruce up your tile schematic. If you choose to use a white subway, perhaps consider using a light or dark gray grout to create some contrast and interest with the grout joints. If the tile you are working with is of natural stone, typically from a design stand point, picking a grout that blends with the stone and does not take away from its natural qualities is suggested.

When it comes to grout, there are two main types, sanded and unsanded. An unsanded grout is typically used when the grout joint is 1/8th of an inch or less. The use of an unsanded grout is suggested when the tile is made of a scratch susceptible material such as glass or a polished natural stone such as marble. A sanded grout is appropriate when you are working with a larger grout joint, larger than 1/8th of an inch. Typically grout joints this large are used in flooring applications.

An additional type of grout is an epoxy grout. Epoxy grout consists of an epoxy resin and a hardener. Epoxy grout is highly resistant to staining and chemicals and has a very high bonding strength, making it virtually maintenance free. Using an epoxy grout is pertinent in certain tile applications such as steam showers.

For help choosing the perfect grout for your tile project, any of our designers here at the Indoor City Showroom would be more than happy to assist!

To find more information about these products, please visit https://www.shawcontract.com/neocon/

 

What You Need to Know About Grout

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When the topic of granite or quartz comes up in conversation, most people are talking about countertops! These types of natural and man-made solid surfaces have been used on countertops for years and have become “must-haves” in many kitchens today. Traditionally, a countertop is paired with a complimentary tile backsplash. Here in Lancaster, we find that the classic subway tile backsplash wins out in many kitchens. It’s clean, classic and compliments any style of kitchen or countertop.

Granite or Quartz Backsplash Considerations

If you’re looking for something outside the box, you might want to consider a granite, marble or quartz backsplash! When doing so, here are 5 things to consider before pulling the trigger:

“Hawaiian Leathered” Granite Countertop & Backsplash
  1. Thickness

    Granite, marble and quartz is traditionally 1-1/4” (3CM) thick. Keep this thickness in mind when deciding whether or not to use this as a backsplash. It will affect nearby trim, cabinetry trim, outlets and more. Being aware of this thickness will help you plan for (and achieve) the best final result in your kitchen!

  2. Installation

    Unlike a tile backsplash which could be attempted by an ambitious DIYer*, a granite and/or quartz backsplash will need to be fabricated and installed by a professional. Indoor City has state-of-the-art fabrication machinery to give you a precise fit when it comes to a solid surface backsplash.

  3. Seam

    Your backsplash MAY have a seam. Just like your countertops, there are variables in a solid surface backsplash that may create the need for a seam. No worries! Even though seams aren’t invisible, they are usually discrete and won’t distract from the beauty of your backsplash. If you are concerned about seams, the templater will be able to tell you where a seam needs to be placed prior to install so there are no surprises.

  4. Cost

    A solid surface backsplash is most likely going to be more expensive! Granite, marble or quartz is definitely more expensive to supply and install (per square foot) than most backsplash tiles. But keep in mind – a solid surface backsplash will give you a beautiful, unique & custom look! It could kick your kitchen remodel up a few notches. Keep this option in mind when creating your new home or remodeling budget.

  5. Admiration

    Finally, you’ll probably end up being the envy of all of your friends. I know, I know. This can sometimes be such a pain. With a quartz or granite backsplash, you may just achieve that “Houzz worthy” kitchen that most people just drool over when searching for design ideas on their iPad. We think you can handle this though 😉

Zodiac “Calacatta Natura” quartz countertop & backsplash

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about planning for a solid surface backsplash, what do you think? Is it something you’d ever consider? Don’t get us wrong. We still LOVE our tile backsplashes. However, granite, marble or quartz is just another option we love having in the mix!

*Disclaimer: We love the DIYers that come to buy tile from us; however, if you’re looking for a professional installation, check out the services we offer!

 

 

More Than Just a Countertop

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Emily Fella

It is no doubt that Carrara Marble is a stunning and prestigious material. Quarried in Northern Italy and used by the Ancient Romans, this well-known stone is not only luxurious but still remains a staple in current design trends. The reality of this material lies in its porosity. Marble is more porous, softer, and is a more chemically sensitive stone than granite. A marble surface will show wear sooner than granite but can be restored with honing and polishing more easily. Another maintenance concern with marble is that it can be easily etched by acids, including soft drinks and juice. Marble can also absorb oils and other liquids which make the stone susceptible to staining. Often time using marble in a kitchen or a heavily used bathroom is not advised due to the high maintenance qualities of the stone.

Today there are many products on the market that imitate the natural look of Carrara marble without the maintenance concerns. A great product for flooring and wall applications is the Deluxe White porcelain tile made by Marca Corona. This product is manufactured in Italy and comes in a variety of different tile sizes ranging from 12”x 24” tiles to 24”x 48” sizes. This tile manufacturer also offers this Carrara look tile in both a honed and polished finish.

A great option for Carrara Marble looking countertops without the maintenance is the Neve or the London Sky Quartz by Zodiaq. Quartz is a man-made product made from 94% ground quartz mixed with a polyester resin to help bind the minerals together. The resin within the quartz slab helps to make the material scratch and stain resistant. Also because the material is manmade, there is little to no porosity within the stone making the product extremely low maintenance. With a product such as this, you will get the aesthetic of true Carrara Marble without the maintenance.

A Carrara Alternative

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Meet Megan!

Megan studied Interior Design at the Art Institute of York, where she graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree. She has had several years of experience in various types of tile and natural stone, as well as a familiarity working closely with other designers and architects. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, antiquing, cooking, painting and watching Netflix. 

How did you get into designing?

It was something I always had an interest in. When I was little, my mom and I would decorate my Barbie’s house and that’s just kind of where it all started.

What is your favorite part about designing?

When you start a project, it’s all about envisioning it and piecing together materials to make a whole and my favorite part is seeing the end result of everything you envisioned coming together into something unique and beautiful.

What do you find inspiration in when you design?

The combination of current trends, vintage appeal & pattern/texture mixing.

Is there someone in particular who has inspired you as a designer?

My mom. When I was younger, I would always get dragged along to antique stores and fabric stores, and after awhile, I started to enjoy it. I think our styles are very similar and I think I picked up a lot of my inspiration and knack for design from her.

Describe countertops in three words.

Unique, practical, and durable

What is your favorite countertop option?

My favorite countertop option is the Carrara Grigio quartz from MSI. I love the classic marble look and this particular one has a nice combination of warm and cool tones which can make it very versatile for different cabinetry colors. I also think for being a man-made product, it looks extremely realistic, in fact when we got the sample in I had to ask my rep if he was sure it was a quartz product and not a real marble.

What has been your favorite project with countertops?

I did a kitchen late last year in Super White Quartzite, and it just turned out so beautifully. The countertop made such a statement on the white cabinets and dark hardwood floor, such a timeless beauty! 

Which line is your favorite for countertops?

Cambria is a great line that offers tons of styles and colors. I do believe they have the most artistic approach to their designs and offer unique options to a homeowner. 

What are some design tips you can give about choosing the right countertop option?

Choose something that you won’t see yourself getting sick of in 2-3 years and something that is practical for your family, routine, and lifestyle. For instance, don’t choose a marble countertop if you have 6 kids under the age of 10 and don’t want to reseal it every year.

What are some tips you have for picking a countertop that matches cabinetry?

Envision what you want your kitchen to look like. If you are concerned with not having a great deal of light in your space and you already have dark cabinets, don’t opt for a dark countertop, choose something that will lighten the space and appear airier. If you have white cabinetry and you don’t want your kitchen feeling too sterile, opt for a nice contrasting color with movement.

Countertop cleaning tips:

Definitely use a natural stone/granite cleaner when cleaning granite countertops. Make sure to reseal your granite countertops on a timely basis and don’t let that red wine sit for days on white marble!

Meet Megan!

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Shannon Hockenberry

The lasting beauty of your new stone countertop depends on a few simple and easy rules. Enjoy your new countertop that will not warp, fade or shrink. Being one of the hardest materials on earth, it is also heat and scratch resistant

Granite & Marble Preservation & Care

Indoor City professionally applies a sealer to your tops upon installation. This sealer creates a barrier which helps to eliminate moisture penetration, prevent staining, and blocks bacteria growth.
The frequency for re-sealing depends on the amount of use. An easy “rule of thumb” is to closely monitor the area around the sink. If you begin to notice water that does not bead up or soaks into the stone within 15 minutes, it is probably time to re-seal. Applying a sealer is as simple as wiping it on and wiping it off. We recommend that you reseal your stone once per year.

  •   Do NOT cut directly on tops with knives or other tools.
  •   Do not drop or pound heavy or sharp items on surface.
  •   Avoid putting hot items on your countertops as they may burn your sealer, making it susceptible to staining
  •   Avoid exposing your granite and marble to oils, citric acids, oven cleaners, nail polish remover, or other similar solvents for long periods of time due to the possibility of staining.

Granite & Marble Cleaning
  •   For daily cleaning, only a mild, dish soap and water are required.
  •   Use a washcloth as a sponge can leave streaks on the polished surface.
  •   Clean spills immediately.
  •   Do NOT use bleach, vinegar, lemon juice, paint strippers, oven or drain cleaners or other cleaners containing acids or ammonia such as Windex.
  •   Avoid abrasive scouring pads, powders and liquids. These may dull the finish, damage the surface and be detrimental to the sealer.
  •   For a daily maintenance, we recommend Dupont’s Stone Tech products. The Revitalizer, available in spray and convenient wipes cleans, seals and cleans all in one.

Revitalizer, sealer, and many more stone maintenance products are available at Indoor City.

Maintenance Tips: Countertops

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Pumpkins, ghosts, and MOUNDS of candy can only mean one thing – Halloween is creeping up on us, yet again! Now, we know that there are some people out there who are Halloween fanatics. So we have some great tips to help you renovate your beautiful home into a haunted Halloween mansion. Okay… maybe we don’t specialize in haunted countertops and flooring, but we do have some subtle ways for you to bring the spirit of Halloween into your home all year round. No, we don’t have a specific Halloween line we roll out the way Target does every October, but if you look closely, we do have some beautiful vinyl, carpet, tile, stone, and wood products that will do the trick! Take a look at some of these “haunted” pairings.

Luxury Vinyl:

Carpet:

Tile:

Wood:

Countertops: Brick:

 

 

A Halloween Home

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