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IceStone the New Granite?

September 25th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I walk through a lot of houses here in Dr. Phillips and Windermere and it seems like every house has granite counter tops now. According a an AP article, 40% of new homes included granite counter tops. Personally, I’m getting tired of seeing it everywhere. What used to be a luxury item that only the finest homes had is now mainstream. Besides, a New York Times article in July pointed out that granite counter tops emit cancer causing irradiation. The report is probably bogus but maybe it’s time to consider something different.

One alternative is the Cambria Natural Quartz Counter Tops and the DuPont Zodiac. They look a lot like granite but they look a little artificial to me and the whole allure of granite is that it’s a natural stone even with all the maintenance headaches. I think these products fall in line with Corian. They’re solid surfaces requiring little maintenance but missing the luxurious factor by looking artificial. Yup, Granite will see it’s demise like Corian has in recent years.

IceStone, on the other hand, is one cool alternative in my opinion. It’s made of recycled glass and concrete that provides an entirely different look. Best of all it’s friendly to the environment. Since it uses recycled materials, IceStone counter tops can be used toward getting LEED certification. It’s strong like granite, not as porous as marble, and heat resistant like stone. I like it.

Please, no more granite, maple cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Granite’s like a hit song on the radio where it’s good the first few times you hear it, but gets annoying after hearing it a gazillion times.

Tags: Green Homes · Home Staging · Homes of the Future · Luxury Products

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  • 1 Urbanslabs Daltile // Sep 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm


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    Santa Ana, CA—September 1, 2008—In an effort to support the California Department of Conservation, Eco Precast™ has announced the manufacture of Urbanslabs™ sustainable cement-based slabs now available for a variety of residential, commercial and hospitality surface applications. Crafted by hand, Urbanslabs™ consist of 50% recycled, post-consumer glass containers such as beer, wine and liquor bottles that are commonly sent to landfill and 10% recycled post industrial waste. This patent pending process contains no resinous binders.

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    Urbanslabs™ are manufactured using a proprietary cement matrix. Light weight 3/4” (2cm) and 1¼” (3cm) Urbanslabs™ are made possible by an advanced mix design and unique manufacturing process.

    Urbanslabs™ can be cut, bull-nosed, seamed and polished just like the fabrication of natural stone slabs such as granite. Urbanslabs™ can be utilized for a wide array of surface uses including countertops, bathroom vanities, shower panels, floor tiles, backsplash tiles, bathroom stall dividers, wall clad panels, outdoor living surfaces and for furniture tops.

    Available in seven colors, Urbanslabs™ coordinate with a variety of décor themes. Eco Precast unique surface-polishing process exposes the glass and provides excellent scratch resistance, while offering a refreshing new look to the industry. A Zero VOC sealer is applied to the Urbanslabs™ at time of manufacture to provide outstanding protection from stains.

    Urbanslabs™ offer an economical investment compared to poured-in-place and pre-cast concrete countertops, which costs hundreds of dollars per square foot installed.

    Urbanslabs™ are available in the following dimensions, 8’ X 3’ X ¾” (2cm) and 10’ X 5’ 6” X 1¼” (3cm). Custom sizes, colors and finishes can be created upon request.

    To locate a distributor or for technical questions, please call 714-954-0161.


  • 2 Rob // Nov 11, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Icestone is an interesting product. I would disagree though about engineered stone vs. granite, however. A lot of the ‘look’ in engineered stone, such as Cambria, has a lot to do with color. I agree that some colors have a much more artificial look, but many of the better colors are very hard to tell apart from Granite. Ironically, some of the more artificial engineered stone colors look a lot more like Icestone! It all just depends on what you are going for in terms of style.


  • 3 Urbanslabs Daltile // Apr 24, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Urbanslab Connecticut office 888-400-7600

  • 4 elizabeth // May 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

    is IceStone available in Canada (specifically Montreal, qc)???

  • 5 Brenna // Jun 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

    If you are still interested, the IceStone distributor for Montreal is SIP Distribution.


    Customer Service, IceStone LLC