Oxidized Cement-based Terrazzo Floor

The Difference between Cement Based Vs Epoxy Terrazzo

Do you know the difference between cement-based and epoxy-based Terrazzo floors? Epoxy and cement based floors are poured and have zinc or brass dividers normally. Additionally, they are not grouted. Cemented-based Terrazzo is made with a cement mix and contains aggregate chips (marble granite or glass). On the other hand, epoxy terrazzo is a resin […]

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Color, Light and Natural Stone Surfaces 101

Benjamin Moore representatives gave an excellent seminar at Chicago’s world renowned Merchandise Mart earlier this week (October, 2018) explaining the effects of lighting on various surfaces – especially in their industry – painted surfaces.  But, it applies to Natural stone and the various hues, enhancements, reflections or non-reflections that drive some commercial and residential customers to the brink of insanity sometimes […]

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Can Concrete Look Beautiful – Like Marble, Granite Slate?

Our natural stone specialists just completed app 2,000 sq. feet of very beaten up, irregularly spotted and soiled concrete at an old warehouse converted into offices…It needed to be deep cleaned first – after all, concrete is a Limestone based cement, aggregate and water in the proper mix set to harden – as the Portland Cement is the binding agent, the […]

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Create More Marble Life in your “Lifeless” Looking Marble

Marble-life is an elusive word.  Over the last 20+ years, myself and staff, The Marble Institute Of America (now The Natural Stone Institute) and its directors, have faced, struggled with and worked on areas to prolong and enhance the look, beauty and appeal of Marble, Granite and Limestone.   We at Sungloss have used “super sealing” effectively but […]

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Spring into Cleaning: Marble, Granite, Slate, Travetine and Other Stone Floors

Spring has finally sprung in the Chicagoland area.   There was snow, rain, sunshine and clouds all in the same week.  It had many of us Chicagoans wondering if Mother Nature was playing a cruel joke on us!  Hopefully, as a homeowner/property manager, you were fully prepared for the effects the wintery/spring mix could cause on […]

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The Excursion to The Panama Canal: Geology & Stone History

Although the Panama Canal zone is only 50 miles long separating the North American from the South American continents, it is filled to the brim with history, tragedy, trial and error, birds, flora and fauna of a tremendous biodiversity – and, the subject of this blog: the geology of that 50 miles that made it possible, not easy , […]

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Federal Historic Tax Credit – In Crisis

The current Trump Administration and “conservative Republicans” are very strangely choosing to add the elimination, or cutback, to an otherwise very successful tax credit – that has especially been good to the State of Illinois and particularly Chicago.  It has generated a +$4.5 billion over its life to the US Treasury alone – according to […]

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Humidity & Natural Stone

Humidity is a common term associated with warm seasons in Chicago.  As temperatures rise during the spring and summer often do, so do precipitation and humidity levels.  Unlike temperature, which fluctuates during the day and night, dew points tend to remain constant no matter what hour it is.  High humidity levels tend to occur from […]

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Home or Office Curb Appeal

According to a recent survey conducted by Professional Builder, 66.4% of buyers today consider the “curb appeal” of a building (or home) as a top selling point when purchasing.  This was followed by low maintenance costs (59.4%) and energy efficiency (32.9%).  45.5% of sellers have had the most success in selling by upgrading the exterior […]

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Sungloss President at Coldspring in MN

Our very own Mike Pavilon, president of Sungloss Marble, made a recent visit to the Coldspring headquarters in Minnesota to catch up on the latest trends in the stone industry.  More to come!    

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