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    Why Natural Stone Will Never Go Out of Style

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Natural stone has a variety of uses in the home, including countertops, flooring, and bathroom tile. It’s easy to see why natural stone has been a material of choice for centuries, and why it has never gone out of style. Each piece of stone is a unique creation crafted by the Earth itself, with a beauty and durability unmatched by any manmade material. Read on to better understand why natural stone will never go out of style.

    It’s Durable

    Natural stone has the potential to last for centuries. Used since ancient times, many buildings and mosaics made from natural stone are still standing today. Adding natural stone to your home means that it will never need replacing, significantly increasing both the value and longevity of your home. Stone countertops are particularly appealing in the kitchen, as these surfaces see a lot of use. The polishing will never wear off and with the right treatment your countertops will be resistant to heat, cold, and staining. Your granite countertops could very well outlast every other surface in your home!

    It’s Versatile

    Natural stone comes in an inexhaustible range of shades and patterns. Each piece is unique, turning your home into a long-lasting and elegant work of art. You can choose stone that is a solid color, veined, mottled, or patterned to suit your tastes and décor. Natural stone can be cut to standard or custom sizes and shapes. Uniform stone tiles used as flooring can make any room look larger. Smaller tiles are ideal for creating mosaics and patterns to serve as a focal point in a larger network of other materials. Stone slabs can be used as countertops or function as artistic sinks and tubs. You can even create a unique stone fireplace to serve as the centerpiece for your home.

    Contact Da Vinci Marble of San Carlos today at (650) 830-0519 to find out more about our selection of marble, granite, travertine, and onyx. You’ll find more information about natural stone, glass, and metal tile for the home, as well as plenty of inspiration for your next design project, on our blog.

    Tips for Designing a Gorgeous Bathroom Backsplash

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Kitchen tile backsplashes are known for both their beauty and functionality. While the same holds true for the bathroom, backsplashes found behind the kitchen sink tend to be even more about aesthetics than backsplashes in the kitchen. If you are seeking to create the perfect backsplash for your master or guest bathroom, consider the following advice:

    Purpose

    What is your reason for installing a backsplash in the bathroom? If it is to prevent water from pooling up behind your sink faucet, then you will want to make sure that your desired function for the backsplash is taken care of before moving onto design.

    Size

    You just read that the entire width of the wall behind a faucet should be covered with backsplash tiles, but where should you stop when installing a tile backsplash? And what is the right height? While it is only necessary that the backsplash extend a few inches beyond the perimeter of the sink, the walls on either side of your sink or the edge of the bathroom countertops make for a natural stopping point. As far as height is concerned, consider stopping at or just beneath the bottom of the mirror.

    Material

    When it comes to installing an impressionable backsplash the quality of the materials you choose is more important than the materials itself, as long as the materials is water-resistant. Your choice of material may be influenced by your budget, your bathroom’s existing design scheme, and your material preference. Glass, porcelain, and decorative stone tiles are all viable options. You can use square tiles, rectangular tiles, a solid slab of material, or one of many other design patterns. You may wish to stick with the same material already in use in your shower or choose a complementary material, depending on the atmosphere you seek to create.

    Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, Da Vinci Marble carries an expansive selection of decorative stone, glass, and ceramic tiles that are perfect for use in the design of a backsplash. Visit our well-appointed showroom for an up-close-and-personal look at our collection or call (650) 830-0519 to speak with a courteous and knowledgeable representative about any of the products in our portfolio.

    The Benefits of Adding a Backsplash to Your Kitchen or Bathroom

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Backsplashes are an inexpensive and relatively easy way to add flair to a kitchen or bathroom, but they do so much more than simply enhance design. The primary reason most homeowners with backsplashes choose to install one in the bathroom or kitchen is because of the functional purpose that they serve.

    In the bathroom, a backsplash made from glass or ceramic tile or stone can be designed to look like another material that is less water-resistant. This enables a homeowner to pull off any design scheme he or she wishes without have to worry about the heavy-duty sealing that would be required to make a more porous material bathroom-appropriate. In the kitchen, a backsplash can catch splashes of grease and other food that splatter against it during cooking. Heat-resistant and easy-to-clean, backsplashes are not damaged under conditions that would be disastrous for other materials used behind the stovetop.

    Are you a San Francisco Bay Area resident who is interested in upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with a durable and stylish backsplash? Carrying one of the area’s finest collections of ceramic, decorative glass, metal tiles, and natural stone, Da Vinci Marble in San Carlos is the first place you should look. To speak with a decorative tile and stone expert today, call (650) 830-0519.

    A Look at Different Backsplash Materials

    Last updated 9 months ago

    As homeowners become more and more environmentally conscious, the nature of the backsplash is changing. Glass tiles, for example, are now more commonly used in kitchen and bathroom backsplashes than ever before.

    For a brief overview of the various materials—traditional and more contemporary—that can be used in the creation of tiles for backsplashes in your home, watch this brief video clip. In addition to glass tiles, ceramic and porcelain tiles are a cheap and relatively affordable option. Homeowners looking to splurge may wish to consider marble, limestone, onyx, and other types of natural stone.

    Regardless of what you are looking for in a backsplash, DaVinci Marble has the materials that can help you build it. To learn more about our extensive, high-quality selection of products or our family-run business method that has pleased tens of thousands of customers over the years, call (650) 830-0519.

    How to Care for Travertine in Your Home

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Long associated with the Roman Empire and Romanesque architecture, travertine is one of the finest building materials a homeowner can use in his or her home or garden. Durable and available in a wide array of colors, travertine is a great application for options ranging from entryway flooring to patio pavers. In order to get the most out of travertine stone tiles in your home, it is important to care for and maintain them properly:

    Attend to Spills Immediately
    The first rule of thumb when caring for travertine is to address spills as they occur. This is especially important if the travertine you are working with is not sealed. Otherwise, the porous surface will absorb the liquid, and the color of your travertine stone tile could be changed.

    Remove Dust and Debris
    Once a week, you should gently vacuum the travertine in your home. This will ensure that dust and debris are separated from the beautiful travertine before they can work their way into the stone.

    Wash With Stone Tile Cleaner
    After taking care of the “dry cleaning” part of your standard travertine maintenance routine, it is time to wash the floor with a mixture of diluted warm water and natural stone tile cleaner. For best results, use cleaners that are intended for use with travertine. Use a towel or clean mop to reach all areas that need cleaning.

    Hand-Dry
    Formed by natural springs, travertine is no stranger to water at the time it is quarried. Travertine’s porousness is one of its greatest assets when the material is used outdoors, as its surface does not get slippery when wet like those of many other natural stone types. When cleaned with a cleaning agent, however, it is important to towel dry travertine before the cleaning agent is absorbed by the stone’s surface.

    Follow the steps outlined above, and you can keep the travertine in your Bay Area home looking great for years. If the existing flooring materials in your home are less than splendid and you would like to upgrade to travertine or another type of aesthetically pleasing and durable natural stone, DaVinci Marble has the product for you. For a look at the travertine, marble, granite and other high-quality materials in our inventory, call us at (650) 830-0519.

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