Creating a functional outdoor entertainment or living space for your Long Island home isn’t as difficult as you might think. It is very easy to do when you incorporate natural stone slabs on which to build a patio and possibly a quality countertop and cook space. This backyard extension of the living space of your home can add a lot of value to your house and property. Here are some ideas on how different types of stone contribute to a unique outdoor living space.
Quartz and quartzite are very popular options for outdoor usage, including many Long Island backyards. Both types of stone are beautiful, durable, and hold up to the four seasons of Long Island, which make it a popular choice. It’s important to understand that while these two stones sound similar, they also have their differences. Quartzite is a natural stone that is mined from quarries and sold in slabs. Quartz on the other hand is man-made. It’s an engineered stone made from ground quartz, resin, and pigment.
Granite is a stone used in many Long Island backyards. Granite is always in high demand because it’s synonymous with luxury. However, granite is not as resilient as quartzite. Granite countertops, for example, can easily be scratched, chipped, or have slight burn marks in them. If you have kids, granite is not something you want in the same house because of the potential for damage to your granite. If you have very mature, responsible children who are not going to cut a piece of fruit on your bare granite or set a hot pan on it, then granite is fine.
Likewise, you would not want to use granite is the primary rock for a patio floor. It is better suited to a decorative boarder or for use as a bar or island table. Special treatments can be applied to granite to protect it, but the treatments can be costly. Granite always has to be sealed and then resealed again in the future to continue protecting its beautiful finish.
The return on your investment in granite, whether you use it indoors or out, is significant only if the granite remains undamaged. You will have to decide if you can A) afford granite, and B) prevent the granite from being damaged until you sell your home. That’s not to say that you should shy away from it entirely. It’s just to make you aware of the fact that it is a high maintenance type of stone requiring a lot of preventive measures to preserve it.
Beautiful marble is another stone of choice for many Long Island homeowners. The idea of “marble halls” is something that brings to mind hallways and staircases in Heaven, as well as in mythological places of renown. Marble is in the construction of numerous government buildings and courthouses, hearkening back to Ancient Roman and Greek days where Tribunals and halls of justice were made from marble.
This beautiful stone can be a solid color, but the most prized marbles are the ones with swirling streaks of color and bits of minerals speckling it throughout. The most valuable of all marbles is Carrara marble, which comes from an Italian town of the same name. Having marble anywhere in your home or as part of your patio space outside is a symbol of wealth inasmuch as owning a very expensive luxury car is a symbol of wealth.
There are some downsides to marble, though. Out of granite, quartzite and marble, marble is the “softest” of the three. Even when it is sealed properly (like granite) it can still be scratched, scuffed, marred, carved, stained and burned worse than granite. Still, as an backyard slab installation, it can be amazingly beautiful. Columns made of marble can enhance a backyard patio in a very Roman-Greco decorative sort of way.
One additional feature of this type of stone to consider is that it does not heat up. It is a very dense stone that stays cool to the touch all the time, even if it is blazing hot outside. If you were to build an entire patio with columns out of marble in your yard, it would be a very comfortable place to relax any time of day or night because it wouldn’t retain the heat of the day. However, that also means that a freezing cold day makes the marble feel even colder, something you might not want if you entertain guests outdoors in the fall or winter.
In most cases the above stone slabs have multiple installation uses. This might include one or more of the following:
If you are not sure what kind of stone to use for your yard project, ask the pros. They can help you pick the right kind of rock slab for your project needs.
Mackson Marble & Granite started in 2010 as an importer of stone and mineral slabs from around the globe. We have been an integral part of construction business projects in Metro NYC and Long Island areas for the last decade. At Mackson Marble & Granite, we are committed to finding and purchasing only the best stone slabs for consumer use. Our retail business sells whole slabs and precut slabs. Every slab is tested for durability and checked for flaws to prevent poor quality slabs from being sold.
At Mackson Marble & Granite, we also cater to wholesale clients. If you are a local Long Island builder, developer, contractor, or architect, contact our team today to create a long-lasting relationship for you and your clients. We stand by our products, and our service exceeds other local Long Island marble and granite suppliers.
Contact Mackson Marble & Granite today to schedule your consultation!
Our retail process is three-fold. Simply call us to schedule an appointment to visit our Farmingdale showroom at 631.390.9490. We’re open for viewing Monday thru Friday from 8:00-5:00. A salesperson will be assigned to your project to help you make an informed decision. Feel free, if available, to bring cabinet door, paint, fabric and flooring samples with you for your appointment.
Once you have scheduled an appointment and arrive at our facility, you’ll meet with your retail specialist to help you with the layout and design of your project while you look for the exact natural stone that meets your needs and color scheme.
You can view slabs at any time as our facility is totally indoors and once you have made a selection, we’ll keep your choices on record along with an estimate for later viewing and decision making. When you make a final choice with the help of family members or your interior designer, we will contact the fabricator/installer for shipping arrangements of the material you select for completion of your project.
Mackson Marble & Granite has excellent rapport and relations with innumerable quarries around the world and has the ability to easily source and fulfill both retail and commercial projects. We have nearly a million square feet of materials in a wide array of colors. We encourage builders, developers and architects involved in wholesale businesses to contact us in relation to their project specifics and natural stone requirements.
Our commitment to quality directs us to follow guidelines with our countertop slabs. We adhere to strict inspections and standards and steer clear of any faults, spots, cracks, veining and other flaws in slabs. We want our customers to have access to the best in the world and will search for it with quality control in mind.
Our consultation services involve individualized and personalized contact with each and every customer from the initiation of a project to its finish. Your salesperson will be with you through the process and will answer all your questions and deal with any problems that might occur. You will be given a specified time period for delivery and completion of your project.
Quotes/Estimates for your slab will depend on the grade and type of slab chosen and any other attached services.
Installation – Your salesperson can recommend expert installers through our distribution channel, or you can also provide your own. Installations can be tricky with certain materials, so you want the best installers available.
Service – Follow up services are available for any problems that may occur with your project. Whether a retail or wholesale project, we are there to help you resolve any issues that may occur before, during or after your project.