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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.


Comments | Posted By Barb Casey

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.

Comments | Posted By Barb Casey

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 *

Comments | Posted By Barb Casey
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