Thursday, January 27, 2011

StonExpo/ Surfaces recap: Part 1

I don't think there will be too many "parts" to this StonExpo/ Surfaces story, but there will definitely be more than one.  Thus the "Part 1" differentiation in the title.
One of my favorite things that I saw at the show was from the company Voguebay. I just linked to their website, but don't get too excited, their website is mediocre at best.  Also, the literature they gave away at the show sucked.  So Voguebay, if you are reading on your marketing!
Luckily they have cool products, so I'll give them a pass.
The tile I loved was a line of glass tile that is adhered to stone.  The stone is real, it's just really thin (how thin?  Well, I don't know.  The website didn't say!) and then the glass is adhered? fused? on top of the stone.
It's really cool.
They only offer tile, not slabs.  I think slabs may be cool though.
It was kind of funny, the sales guy in the booth was trying to tell me why it was so awesome.  He said "Now you can use marble in your shower!"  Guess what guy?  You could anyway.  Marble does great in showers.
He also said "See this blue?  Now it won't etch."  In my head I said "See this blue?  It's Azul Macauba quartzite.  It won't etch anyway, since quartzite doesn't etch." 
I'm really nice in person though, so I just smiled and acted impressed.
Here are a few not-so-great pics I snapped with my phone.
This first one is Calacatta Gold marble.  It's hard to tell in the pictures that it's a glass tile, it just looks like stone.  But maybe that's the point. 
 The next two pics are the Azul Macauba.

They also had a couple of onyx colors.

Anyway, it's a really cool product with an even cooler potential in my opinion.
I can get it locally, so let me know if you are interested!


Nan J said...

Yes, I can see the potential, too! Do you think it will be cheaper than using stone? And with the glass overlay, does that add the advantage of durability? For instance, the glass over marble would mean you avoid etching issues? Intriguing!

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

I'm not sure on the pricing, but I think it would be comparable to the stone price.
Durability will be about the same as the stone, but yes, it won't etch with the glass on top! Which is great!

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