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The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has recently been added to Marble Renewal's growing portfolio of prestigious clients.

The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has recently been added to Marble Renewal's growing portfolio of prestigious clients

Despite significant competition, Marble Renewal was commissioned to restore the lobby, lift and main foyer floors of the famed property.

Marble Renewal's approach was for a thorough renovation of the existing Balmoral red and absolute black granite, which had not been restored in over 3 decades. Rather than simply re-coating the stone, Marble Renewal used its own innovative resurfacing process based on hi-speed diamond polishing, a complete natural process, keeping to the brand image of the hotel. This included minimal disruption to guests and reception desk personnel alike during the 4 month project.

The end result was a granite finish that matched the elegance and luxury of the hotel.

"It is without hesitation that I can recommend Marble Renewal as a reliable and trusted contractor at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Greg and his team have done a wonderful job in restoring the substantial amount of natural stone in the hotel's main lobby. We were pleased with their level of flexibility as it related to working around the needs of a busy operation. Almost all of the work was carried out by night and we found the Marble Renewal team to be noise conscious and sensitive to the the needs of our staff and guests. Best of all, they were tidy workers and made sure to leave the work environment in a presentable condition at the end of each night in time for the busy day ahead. Any major project like this one involves a significant investment. Greg laid out the quotations well so it was easy for us to see how and where the investment was going. Despite some early challenges, he honoured the contract and completed the job right to the end. This showed a strong business ethic which is something our organisation values."

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Testimonial, Tony Coveney, Director of Rooms

Marble Renewal. A name you can count on.

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10 Arguments for Natural Stone

We have all heard it before: the often-asked question of stone or no stone. Why should I build with natural stone, ask developer and architects. Tell them! You will find some excellent arguments on this page.

  1. Natural stone fascinates

    Natural stone is a natural product, whose individual properties are determined by the type of bonding of the materials comprising the natural stone. Natural stone holds an outstanding position among all building materials: components of natural stone are unique specimens, which can be combined with each other and with many other materials. Natural stone is no uniform industrial product, but shows the history of its origin.

  2. Natural stone is ecological

    Natural stone as a building material is found naturally in virtually finished form. No energy is needed for its actual manufacture. Energy is only consumed for quarrying and processing, but the share is small compared with other building materials. The stone is extracted mostly from relatively small quarries with major blasting operations. The unused stone waste can be used directly for filling in the parts of the quarry where stone has been extracted or for other practical uses. Nothing is lost in the complete cycle of natural stone quarrying, processing and the return to nature.

  3. Natural stone is environmentally compatible.

    As a natural building material, natural stone contains no pollutants that are damaging to health. Natural stone can be used safely in food areas. It is incombustible and it is also a class A building material. Natural stone also requires no auxiliary chemical substances such as protective coatings before it can be used as a building material.

  4. Natural stone is varied

    No other building material has as many different colours and structures as natural stone. Various surface finishing processes make variety virtually unlimited. Developers and architects therefore have a broad spectrum of choice, which allows matching to any desired appearance or ambience. Natural stones are often chosen for their good visual and technical qualities. Natural stone is available in a variety of different colours, structures and textures. A suitable natural stone is available for virtually any requirement imposed on a building material.

  5. Natural stone is individual

    Natural stones are quarried in large blocks and cut to desired size by natural stone fabricators. The size of the natural stone slabs is limited only by the size of the rough blocks and not by standard dimensions specified by production. The size can be adapted individually to meet planning requirements. Any desired shape can be provided, not only square or rectangular slabs. Modern processing machines allow inlay work in natural stone. The variety of the stones and the individual processing and design possibilities highlight the uniqueness of the building material.

  6. Natural stone ages well

    Whereas many building materials become unsightly over the course of many years, natural stone retains a natural patina, which is not detrimental to its beauty. Many natural stones are like good wine: they only attain their full elegance with advancing years. Natural stone can also be cleaned easily and inexpensively. Even centuries- old floor coverings of natural stone can be resurfaced, polished and restored to their original condition with the expertise of Marble Renewal®. The lifetime of natural stone is extremely long. With the right planning and construction, buildings and natural stone have been known to survive for many thousands of years.

  7. Natural stone is three-dimensional

    Any desired solid stones can be produced as well as slab sizes. Milling grooves and flutings in the stone surfaces can create interesting light and shade effects. Such processed slabs radiate strength and solidity when mounted on a façade. Solid components like moldings, frames and pillars permit an aesthetic structure.

  8. Natural stone is attractively priced

    If the total costs of a building material are considered over a useful life of 30 years or more, independent investigations show that natural stone is no more expensive than comparable synthetic building materials. The relatively high investment costs are offset by the long-term maintenance costs and long life. The cost of cleaning and maintenance of natural stone is low.

  9. Natural stone is physically practical

    Natural stone has very good thermal conductivity and a large heat storage capacity. Natural stone as façade material absorbs the heat radiated by the sun and prevents unwanted heating of the building. Tests show an energy requirement of 100-150 kWh/m² for multi-story buildings with stone façades, in contrast to an energy requirement of 300-700kWh/m² for the necessary heating and cooling of glass façades.

  10. Natural stone is durable

    The high-pressure resistance values of many natural stones have given the material a reputation of being an everlasting building material. Natural stone is also the most durable material with the lowest abrasion values for floor coverings. Coverings of granite or similar hard stones show hardly any signs of wear even after decades of use in domestic situation.

Source: Stone Report, Germany

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