Stephen Baez

Stephen Baez is the authority on taking care of your countertops. He has worked in the sealing, maintenance, and restoration of countertops for the last few years. Stephen writes for Marble so he could help readers on how to maintain and upkeep their countertops so they stay good as new for as long as possible. For all things, restoration and maintenance Stephen is your guy.

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On Marble.com, our main goal is to properly educate homeowners on stone countertops and other stone features. There is plenty of information out there online on choosing and caring for countertop material, but not all of it is correct. Here at Marble.com, we put proper, science-based information as our top priority so our readers can make the right choice for them. Read more about our process
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Benefits of Engineered Stone Countertops

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While there are a lot of quality countertop material choices out there, especially as it relates to natural stone, engineered stone such as quartz provides a few distinct advantages over alternative options. What differentiates quartz or engineered stone from natural stone is evident from their titles. Engineered stone countertops are made by taking around 90-94% quartz, a natural stone, and mixing it with some combination of resins, polymers...

How to Choose Countertop Color

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  Natural stone comes in an endless variety of colors and choosing the right one can be a daunting task. Homeowners often want to match their new flooring and countertops to items they already own, or to their existing paint scheme. While this may sound like a logical approach, it's best to keep in mind that items can be always be moved, and paint is the quickest and least expensive way to completely change the look of a room....

Quartz vs. Quartzite: Which is Better for Your Countertop?

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Table of Contents Comparisons  How is Quartz Manufactured?  Variations of Quartz Countertops  How is Quartzite Formed?  Variations of Quartzite Countertops  Appearance  Cost  Maintenance  Installation  Durability  Moisture Resistance  Heat Resistance   Resale Value   Where Should You Use Quartz in Your Home?...

Silestone vs. Granite: Appearance, Maintenance and More

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Table of Contents Comparisons  What is Silestone?  Types of Silestone  What is Granite?  Types of granite  Appearance  Cost  Maintenance  Installation  Durability  Stain resistance  Moisture resistance  Heat resistance  Repair  Resale value  Environmental impact  Where Will Silestone Work Well in My House?&nb...

L-shaped Kitchens: What To Know

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Table of Contents Advantages of an L-shaped Kitchen  Adaptability  Work Triangle  Inviting Design  Disadvantages of an L-shaped Kitchen  Loss of Storage Space  Dead Zones  How to Organize an L-shaped Kitchen How Busy Will Your Kitchen Be?  How Many Cabinets Will You Need?  How Much Counter Space Will You Need?  Where Will Your Applia...

How To: Bathroom Design with a Touch of Nature

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Table of Contents Easy, Inexpensive Changes Natural Tile, Flooring, and Vanity Tops Connecting the indoors with the outdoors and bringing natural elements into home design has been a popular trend for several years. Bringing nature into bathroom design helps create a tranquil, calming and spa-like atmosphere in your home. There are many ways to incorporate natural elements in the bathroom, regardless of your budget. Easy, Inexpensive...

Understanding Marble Countertops Cost

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Table of Contents How Much Do Marble Countertops Cost? Common Marbles Carrara Marble Crema Marfil Marble Bianco Venato Marble Premium Marbles Calacatta Borghini Calacatta Extra Portoro Genuine Extra What Impacts Marble Countertop Costs? How Do Marble Costs Compare to Other Stones? Kitchen renovations can be intimidating, mostly due to the cost, which can average anywhere between $10,000-$30,000. Sure,...