Category Archives for Natural Stone And Tile

Marble Varieties at The Wisconsin State Capitol

Mike Pavilon, President and Owner of Sungloss Marble, recently made a visit to The Wisconsin State Capitol.  Completed in 1917, The State Capitol is the tallest building in Madison.  Here are a few shots of the Marble varieties, sourced from France, Italy, Greece, Algeria and Germany he saw.    Tennessee pink – gray veined marbleItalian Marble […]

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What’s the Deal With Quartz?

When it comes to the installation of stone in kitchens, bathrooms or other rooms in one’s house, many homeowners ponder the thought of which surface is superior to the rest.  For centuries, natural stones such as Granite and Marble have been the foundation of flooring, countertops or walls. With a large selection of varieties to […]

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Quartz Is Not Quartz Is Not Even Sometimes Very Quartzy

Welcome to the arena of mass confusion among the weary consumers of the USA.  Quartz is making a splash that sometimes turns into a Belly Flop!  Even Mr. Lou Manfredini, Mr. Fixit of Chicago Area and more, seemed undecided as to whether to recommend Quartz as a Counter Top to callers, and didn’t have much […]

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Can Stone Restoration be Mobile, Travel Anywhere?

WHY NOT ? Sungloss Marble Co. is in Indiana, near South Bend today and this week – working in a private mansion – restoring Slate, Marble and Limestone areas of a beautiful home. Knowing what to do with the various natural stones – Limestone, Slate, Marble, Granite, Onyx , Diplomatic Limestone, Basalt, Terrazzo and more […]

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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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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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