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MMG Pick of the Month: River Blue Leathered

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:40:30 AM America/Mexico_City

Please welcome the newest arrival to MMG: River Blue leathered! Quarried in India, this gorgeous stone is mostly blue-gray in color with some hints of green, and laced with quartz veins. We call this stone a mixed quartzite, which means it carries characteristics of both quartzite and marble. It is ideal for residential and light commercial uses and can be fabricated for counter tops and splash, fireplace surrounds, wall cladding, and shower surrounds, etc. These slabs have a leathered finish for a rich yet natural look, a texture that is silky to the touch, and a more forgiving surface.

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MMG recommends always sealing your stone to protect it and make it more resilient against staining and for easier cleanability. MMG seals all installed stone work with Dry-Treat sealing products and offers other cleaning and sealing options for your convenience and peace of mind.

You can see slabs of River Blue leathered by visiting our showroom. Stop in, or make an appointment with your MMG representative, today!

Comments | Posted By Barb Casey

What's your counter top project worth to you?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:10:50 PM America/Mexico_City

In this day and age of DIY, there are so many creative and interesting crafts and home projects anyone can learn to do, that in the past, one had to call a specialist and pay a hefty price for. Now you can replace a faucet, install flooring, or even build a car, all with the know-how of a click of a button. Or…sometimes not. While there are plenty of projects and cool crafty things that can be completed yourself through the use of a search engine, there are many that should still be relied upon by the experts. In spite of what you think you could be saving, there are some very good reasons you are paying them. A short list: experience, investment, and liability. These will of course be focused on the subject of stone fabrication but can be applied across many other industries. 

 

Experience.

MMG has been in the business of stone crafting since 1894. That is 123 years of stone know-how. That isn’t even to say that we know everything, because the industry is continually evolving, and MMG evolves along with it. That continued experience translates into something you cannot glean from a 5-minute video; something that is of great worth to you and your project, as it can help save you money in the long-term, through avoiding costly mistakes that can come from DIY projects. We’ve dedicated ourselves to developing what works, understanding what doesn’t, what to look for, what to think about, and how to tackle tricky situations, in which there are many in the home remodeling/building business. By investing in our experience and expertise you are able to take advantage of that vast treasure trove of knowledge.

 

Investment.

From the seemingly more simplistic machines of the late 1800s to the impressive hi-tech models of today, MMG has, over the course of its years, invested heavily in the equipment that turns beautiful stone and quartz slabs into beautiful counter tops, fireplace surrounds, wall cladding, etc. Millions of dollars go into constantly upgrading and maintaining the machines and technology that template, cut, polish, and shape the various products; as well as, safely transport and install your finished goods. MMG also invests fervently in the people who operate these machines and equipment, through professional training and continuing education; combined with over a century of traditional stone experience passed from generation to generation. These are investments that come back on themselves with the belief that the more you know, the better you perform, and the more valuable an asset you are to the company, its customers, and yourself. Investing in your remodeling project by taking full advantage of all that MMG has to offer means a worry free experience, from the meticulousness of our templating and engineering carried through to our technique and care at install.

 

Liability.

By investing in MMG to handle your counter top project from start to finish, you are putting the responsibility onto our expert shoulders. From field template to install and beyond, we ensure that your counter tops fit, make it to your home in one piece, and the finished results are beautiful and satisfactory. If there happen to be any hiccups along the way, you can relax knowing it’s all in good hands. It’s peace of mind. Remodeling projects are stressful enough. Going the DIY route requires you as the consumer to not only provide all pertinent data, such as finished sizes, plumbing details, etc., but also puts full responsibility on you whether or not the end product works as intended. The last thing you want is to have to purchase a vanity top twice because of avoidable mistakes.


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Q & A: Quality In Stone

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:29:02 PM America/Mexico_City

A question that comes up fairly often is: It’s all rock from the ground so aren’t all (insert type of stone) the same?

Well, I’m glad you asked. The fact is, not all stones are created equal. Keeping in mind that all individual stone classifications are created under different conditions in different parts of the earth, and their specific qualities are defined unto themselves, as a general rule there are three quality classifications for fabricated stone:

First quality cuts: Just as the name suggests, this is where you get the very best, and consists of about 20% of a block. Typically, these are the slabs that are the cleanest and most consistent to their namesake; that contain no open fissures or inclusions, or for lack of a better word, defects to avoid. These will be the strongest in fabrication with little chance of veins opening up or needing repairs. Aesthetically, these are easiest for color matching at seams, as the slabs are more balanced in color and movement. These are the most desirable, and so, are the most expensive.

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Second quality cuts: These are considered standard quality and consist of about 30% of a block. Slabs may include some resin fill due to minor occlusions or small fissures near the edges of a slab, and may have inclusions or inconsistencies in color and movement. Though some avoidance due to stability may be necessary in fabrication, most of what makes a slab standard quality is aesthetics, as there may be areas on a slab that a consumer finds unattractive and may wish to avoid.

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Third quality cuts: These are the lowest quality, most economically priced slabs, consisting of about 50% of a block. Often described as commercial quality, these are not recommended for retail residential, but most popular in the commercial world where a tight bottom line and less critical eye comes into play. They may be resin filled due to open fissures, cracks, and occlusions, and will have many unusual inclusions and inconsistencies in color and movement, often making it more difficult to color match when seaming. These slabs are best recommended for projects where seaming is not necessary and pieces can be cut around the most undesirable parts.

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Individually, all slabs should always be thoroughly inspected for stability and soundness. MMG carefully selects only the best stones from reputable dealers to ensure high quality product and peace of mind.

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MMG Pick of the Month: Titanium

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2:39:44 PM America/Mexico_City

Titanium, also known as Cosmic Black, is a granite quarried in Minas Gerais, a large inland state in southeastern Brazil. Compact in structure, with quartzy veins and boulders ripping through it like ominous clouds in the night sky, it’s often accompanied with ripples and rivers of buttery cream and caramel gold. This is the stone to pick if you are looking for a strong and dramatic look.

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Ideal for interior residential and commercial use, Titanium can be fabricated in many ways; from kitchen, bathroom, and bar tops, to fireplace surrounds, wall cladding, flooring, and much more. Often, it is used in a polished finish, to really bring out its “Wow!” factor, but can also be found in honed or textured finishes, such as, brushed or leathered, to tone it down and give it an earthier, more subtle appeal.

Although its absorption rate is pretty low, MMG recommends sealing Titanium to protect it, to make it more resistant to stains and easier to maintain, and to ensure your stone is always looking its finest!

To see slabs of Titanium or others like it, come in today or make an appointment; your MMG representative is ready to help you find the perfect stone for you!

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Once upon a time in stone: Teotihuacan and The Pyramid of the Sun

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9:12:46 PM America/Mexico_City

Once upon a time, there thrived a mysterious city in Mexico that, as much as has been discovered, no one really knows much about. Named Teotihuacan by the Aztecs who discovered it more than 1000 years after its decline, * translated as “City of the Gods” or “the place where men become gods,” it must have been awe inspiring to behold. * So when Hernan Cortes and his men conquered the Aztecs in the sixteenth century they asked who had built such a colossal city. The Aztecs replied, “We were not the builders of Teotihuacan, this city was built by the Quinanatzin, a race of giants who came from the heavens in the times of the Second Sun.” * At the center of this city, looms the impressive Pyramid of the Sun.

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Built somewhere between AD1 and 250 during the height of the Teotihuacan culture, this massive structure, at approximately 720 feet by 760 feet by 200 feet high, is the largest in the ancient city, and third largest pyramid in the world. * It was made of earth and rubble, adobe bricks, and covered with limestone, believed to be quarried, and delivered by foot, from about 37 miles away, in Tula, as there were no limestone quarries in the surrounding area. Additionally, 129,166,925 square feet (12,000,000 square meters) of architectural surface was covered with lime plaster throughout the entire city. Imagine the time and man-power required to accomplish such a feat! * *

If that wasn’t impressive enough, large quantities of mica have also been discovered throughout every building in the city, including the pyramid, in layers up to one-foot-thick, and believed to have originated from Brazil, more than 3000 miles away. Not only shiny and decorative, Mica is stable when exposed to electricity, light, moisture, and extreme temperatures. It is an excellent insulator and can support an electrostatic field while dissipating minimal energy in the form of heat, and is thermally stable to 932 °F (500 °C). How interesting that Mica has not been found in any other archaeological site in the vicinity, or the Americas. * * So did these people have an understanding of its properties and possibly put them to use? Or did they serve some other purpose?

Another mystery of this questionably primitive culture, is the mathematical and astronomical understanding that is required to construct the strategic layout of the city, built with what appears to be a clear understanding of our solar system, with the great Pyramid of the Sun as its shining center of a complex of pyramids, each aligned with a planet in the solar system. * Perhaps they thought to emulate the heavens on earth; their vast mysteries made more tangible in rock and mortar.

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The pyramids in Latin America were often rebuilt many times, over existing structures, as it was believed that that rebuilding of the pyramid renewed the current king’s relationship with the gods, as well as, glorifying the current ruler. * This is also the case of the Pyramid of the Sun, as beneath the pyramid is another of similar size. Curiously, no depiction or tomb of a king or ruler has ever been found in the city. Underneath the pyramid is a cave which leads to a chamber in the shape of a 4-leaf clover. Artifacts discovered indicate the room was used as a shrine long before the pyramid was built.* * Additionally, Inside the pyramid is a hidden 300 m long corridor that at one point had been a natural spring. This source of water may indicate another reason for exact positioning of the pyramid *

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North American Stone: Danby Marble

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:07:05 PM America/Mexico_City

Danby Marble, true to its namesake, is quarried under the Dorset Mountain, in Danby Vermont. This quarry, currently operating under Vermont Quarries Corp, is considered the largest underground quarry in the world.

With a wide variety of selections available, characteristics are typically white in background, with veins that range from soft greys and golds, to darker greys and greens, recognizable for their subtle to strong jagged or linear “waves.”

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Finishes range from polished, honed, and textured, such as brushed or suede. It is a product that is stunning to behold and holds appeal for many U.S. consumers, with the knowledge that their marble comes locally, versus being imported from overseas.

Historically, Danby has been quarried in Vermont since 1767, and since the turn of the 20th century, used for many public buildings and national monuments, such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Arlington National Amphitheater.

Danby is an ideal product for most interior applications, such as kitchen & bath counter tops, shower and tub surrounds, flooring and wall cladding, fireplace surrounds, etc. It is an extremely dense marble with a low absorption rate (0.06%-0.08%) which means spills are not easily absorbed into the stone and can quickly be wiped up before penetration. Sealing with an impregnating sealer, such as Dry-treat Stain-proof Plus, is recommended to further protect it and make it more resistant to staining and easier to clean. It is important to keep in mind, however, although staining will be difficult, Danby marble, similar to most marbles, contains calcium and is prone to etching.

That said, with the recommended honed/enhanced finish, Danby marble is relatively easy to maintain, and light etching can be reversed using simple household products.

From a pricing standpoint, Danby carries a medium to high price-tag, depending on the particular selection, and so can fit a range of budgets.

Comments | Posted By Barb Casey

What is quartzite?

Friday, January 13, 2017 12:48:34 PM America/Mexico_City

Quartzite is a metamorphic rock, or in other words, a rock that has been changed from one type to another under extreme heat, pressure, and time. For quartzite, it starts out as sandstone.

Quartzite is made of mostly quartz; the quartz is recrystallized while silica in the stone binds it together. Most quartzite is formed near tectonic activity, where heavy movement in the earth’s crust to move and create mountain ranges, occurs. The result is a stronger, harder, though more brittle material, that is difficult to scratch or etch; ranging at about 7 on Mohs hardness scale.

Aesthetically, quartzite is hard to beat. With the beauty and fluidity of marble and incredible hardness of granite, it has become another popular choice for kitchen counter tops. While pure quartzite typically ranges in the white to grey colors, “impurities” in the stone can result in colors from reds and pinks, browns and tans, blues and greens, and anything in between.

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Quartzite can be used for both residential and commercial purposes, and can be fabricated for counter tops, fireplace surrounds, wall cladding, etc.; with finishes in polished, honed, brushed, and leathered. It is recommended for indoor use or restricted exterior use where it would not be exposed to freeze/thaw or heavy environmental conditions. MMG always recommends sealing your quartzite to protect it and make it more resistant to staining and easier to clean.

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On a scale between economic to exotic, Quartzite tends to carry a higher price tag, not only due to its desirable appeal, but also to its complexity in handling and fabrication. The final product, however, is a showpiece worth talking about.

Is quartzite the right stone for you?

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MMG Pick of the Month: Colonial White

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:43:00 PM America/Mexico_City

Quarried in India, Colonial White is a soft white colored granite with hints of grey and taupe, stippled with glossy black mica and radiant garnet.

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Ideal for residential & commercial uses, it can be fabricated for counter tops and splash, fireplace surrounds, wall cladding, and shower surrounds; and while polished is most common, the surface can be honed to a matte finish, as well as, brushed with subtle texture. It is perfect for adding a fresh and understated look, and will brighten any room.

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As with all stones, MMG recommends sealing of your granite to protect it and make it more resistant to staining and easier cleanability. MMG seals all installed stone work with Dry-treat Ole-Repella, and offers other sealer options for your convenience and peace of mind.

You can see slabs of Colonial White, as well as others like it, by visiting our showroom. Stop in, or make an appointment with your MMG representative, today!

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MMG Proud to donate to the Dunbar Veteran's Memorial

Thursday, December 8, 2016 10:06:51 AM America/Mexico_City

MMG is proud to have been able to help this lovely community honor their veterans.  It was an honor to work with the Dunbar Memorial Garden (Dunbar, WI).  Thank you.

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Rejuvenata complimentary with all residential installs

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 3:13:38 PM America/Mexico_City

Every MMG installed countertop now receives a complimentary bottle of Rejuvenata™ to keep your tops brilliant and clean.

Rejuvenata™ is a gentle daily cleaner for natural and engineered stone countertops. It contains an invisible sealer to enhance protection and make surfaces easier to clean.

Contact MMG to discuss your countertop or cabinet needs.  
We are located near Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI and service all of WI, Northern IL, and beyond.
4535 W. Mitchell St. Milwaukee, WI
Ph- 414-645-0305 
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