While we are used to cutting stone with bridgesaws and CNC mills everyday for your granite countertops, the guys in our shop area have also been sawing something different the last day, or so…cement. We’re in the process of moving some machines around in our shop to get ready for another cnc mill, which should be arriving soon.
We’ve had to do a little bit of musical chairs with some of our equipment, but things are movely along smoothly and when the mill arrives, we’ll be ready for for the install. The new mill will help us in the fabrication process and allow us to operate more efficiently. We’ll keep you posted on the new arrival.
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It happens to us all.…You forget where you put your car keys, you can’t remember how to spell a certain word, or draw a blank on someones name. We all have memory lapses at one time or another, especially as we age. Over time, our brain cells become less efficient and we gradually lose some cells and activity.
I recently read, “Cross train your brain,” an article found in the June 2007 issue of Body + Soul magazine, which included some interesting information on how to keep your mind active and sharp that I wanted to share.
Following are some choices to make to help cross train your brain to improve memory and funtionality:
- Imprint the information: Focus on the task at hand. Make sure you are listening attentively.
- Hit the hay: Getting enough sleep plays a huge role in memory function. Make sure you are getting an adequate amount. If you are not, try going to bed a half hour earlier each evening.
- Eat a brain-healthy diet: Make sure you are eating healthy and getting enough fruits, vegetables, and foods that contain anti-inflammatory properties (oily fish, tumeric, extra virgin olive oil, etc.). Make sure you are also avoiding foods that have a lot of refined sugar a nd hydrogenated oils.
- Get moving: Exercise is both good for the body and the mind.
- Learn for the sake of it: According to Dr. Weil, “The more you learn, the more connections you are creating in your brain.” Try learning a foreign language, piano, salsa dance, or anything new.
- Take time to decompress: Stress hormones tend to shrink memory centers in the brain. Try doing things that calm the mind such as yoga, tai chi, yard work, etc.
- Widen the lens: Try to unclutter the mind and focus on just what is around you. Close your eyes to slow down your brain.
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From clothing to interior design, trends seem to come and go rather quickly. A trend that seems to be occuring in the natural stone industry right now is the increased interest in marble countertops for the kitchen.
I was recently reading an article in Stone Business magazine, “The New Love In Vein?”, which discusses the increased interest in marble kitchen countertops. Along with the increased interest, must come increased education about the characteristics and maintenance of marble.
Here, at PGC, we have also experienced an increase in the number of customer’s that are interested in marble kitchen countertops. While marble is a very elegant, classy, and a timeless look, there are some things to keep in mind when contemplating selecting marble for your kitchen countertops:
1. Marble is more susceptible to staining than granite. It would not be a good idea to leave cooking oil, or wine on your marble for too long, as it could take on a stain.
2. Marble is more susceptible to scratching, whereas, you are able to cut directly on your granite countertops without worry…except for the eventual dulling of your knives.
3. Marble is a softer material than granite, in other words, not as durable.
The key to any purchasing decision is educating yourself about the product. Weigh your options, see which is the best fit for you and your lifestyle, and proceed with the peace of mind knowing that you are educated on the pros and cons.
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The color green many times represents life, nature, or renewal. It can also represent tranquility and have a calming effect, which is why it is often used in decorating. In our showroom, we get many customers who are interested in the color green for their granite countertops, granite bar top, or granite fireplace surround. Green has always been a popular choice for granite countertops, although some might say it is trendy. I personally disagree because there is a lot of diversity in green tones. Many greens have other colors within them, which complement other tones that can be used throughout the decorating process.
If you are interested in using a green granite in your home we’d be happy to help you make a selection, as there are many to choose from. Following are some popular choices:
- Labrador Green
- Verde Butterfly
- Tropic Green
- Emerald Pearl
- Waterfall Green
- Emerald Fantasy
- Verde Sao Francisco
- Verde Peacock
- Verde Maritaka
- Pine Green/Shadow Green
- Silver Sea Green
- Kenora Sage
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In our showroom, we often get asked questions in regards to the various types of natural stones available. While granite is the most popular choice for countertops, there are other natural options to choose from for countertops, as well as other applications such as fireplace surrounds, flooring, and bathroom vanities. While we try to educate our customers, many consumers are researching various products on their own before purchasing.
The Natural Stone Council, a collaborative organization representing businesses and trade associations, has a great website to help consumers do their research. The site answers the question, “Why Use Natural Stone?,” and gives information on characteristics such as variety, durability, ecofriendliness, uniqueness, affordability and maintenance. It also provides information on various natural stones such as granite, limestone, marble, sandstone, slate, onyx, etc. It also offers information on “green building” for those who want to build earth friendly homes.
If you are doing research on natural stone and considering it for your home, the Natural Stone Council is a great place to start.
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