There was so much to see at the Surfaces convention last week! As I was walking around the flooring exhibitions, a sparkling stone slab caught my eye. I later found out that the sparkles within the stone were actually crushed pieces of recycled mirrors. Not only are they beautiful, the manufacture of the stone slabs helps divert glass waste from the landfill.
The slabs are actually made with engineered stones, or stones that are pieced together by hand. MS International is a popular manufacturer of sparkling granite slabs, and currently offers a one-of-a-kind sparkling, multi-colored slab. At the Surfaces convention they featured colors such as Rushmore, Sparkling Black and Ruby. They are capable of creating these unique sparkling slabs in any shade that's on the pantone color chart.
The sparkling granite slabs were initially created specifically for countertops, but have now become a popular surface for flooring. MS International's sparkling stone slabs have up to 8 times more flextual strength than floors made with natural stones. This means significantly less breakage. Sparkling stone floors are a popular choice for airports, malls and department stores. In fact, this type of sparkling granite can be found in McCarran International and the Atlanta airport.