Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What is Marcoat?

Mike Olivieri answers the question: "What is Marcoat?"

Marcoat is a thermal expoxy kitchen grout system. It is a two-part epoxy that is a hardener and a resin that you mix together and it hardens like seal. The way you install it is with caulk tubes. It has the consistency of honey and it pours in. You have to ground out the old sanded grout or even epoxy-based grout in order to install this. You cannot go over existing grout or it will fail. Stuart Dean is the manufacturer and they offer a five-year warranty on all installations and a two-year warranty on cook lines. The unique thing about this is not every contractor can install or buy Marcoat. You have to be certified through Stuart Dean and their training agency in Cleveland, Ohio in order to buy and install. You can only buy it through the manufacturer, so not any DIY person or even general contractor can just buy this stuff. We went through the training about 2 ½ years ago and we actually do corporate work for Stuart Dean themselves. They hired us out to do Cheese Cake Factories and Taco Bells and commercial kitchens, basically. Because you have to be a certified contractor through Stuart Dean, the best way to find a certified contractor in your area would be to contact the Marcoat division of Stuart Dean.   

Monday, March 25, 2013

What's Your Kitchen Personality?

Traditional butcher block, contemporary stainless steel or glamorous marble—find a kitchen countertop that matches your personal style here.