Despite continually reading about the projected downturn in new home starts, the remodeling sector appears to be maintaining its strength. In the floor covering sector, residential remodeling with natural stone has outpaced all other options in terms of annual growth rate for three consecutive years - becoming increasingly more important as distributors, contractors and dealers key in on the much larger profit margins that stone offers.
We have all seen it. That chalky white powdery residue that is evident on newer brick and block masonry projects. Unfortunately, it can also occur on newer stone installations as well. That chalky white powdery residue is called efflorescence.
Exterior stone paving is unmatched in performance and appearance. Nothing makes a bolder statement and speaks class like a well-installed stone paving application. In order for the installation to be successful, good detailing, design and construction practices should be followed. This type of application requires the experience of tradesmen that are familiar with the nuances of these demanding installations.
In this issue of Stone World, we take a look at several U.S. stone producers. Among them is Quality Stone Quarries in Stigler, OK. The owner of the quarry has transitioned his business through the years to keep up with market demand.