Same but Different

Natural stone is made from the earth and it’s extremely volatile environment. Stone can have different looks, with different designs and shades within the same stone. The thing that most people don’t quite know is that every batch of stone that is blown out of a side of a mountain, can vary wildly in looks from one part of the mountain to the next. For example the photo used with this blog is a side by side view of a granite stone called Ouro Brazil, even though it looks like two different materials, it is the same stone. The only difference between the left and right side, is that it was blown out from a different section of the mountain. When it comes to fabricating this material for existence, this definitely matters… say you want a kitchen remodeled and you need 2 slabs of Ouro Brazil, and lets say one of them gets damaged and we need to buy another slab, well, sometimes the material is there, but it looks different… that whole job is going to go on pause until we find a piece that matches somewhere. Sometimes (very rarely) a fabricator can get all the way to 96 percent done with an entire home remodel and the very last piece gets damaged, in that case we try and get another slab, and if it is unavailable, or if the material is a different shade, or it is just not going to match up, in that terrible small chance… we will have to scrap the whole job, and start all over. This is why Cascade Surfaces and Design stands above the rest and this is why we do field measurements and templates, to absolutely make sure that something like that doesn’t happen to one of our clients. We take pride in our work, and will continue to do so for the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding areas!

Quarry to Slab Yard.

Not everyone knows that natural stone like granite or marble come directly from the earth… and not only from the earth but from giant quarries. At the quarry they use dynamite to blow the stone loose from the earths mantel, (imagine it as a huge loaf of uncut bread) then they cut this huge stone into slabs (just like slices of bread). The whole stone is sometimes 80,000 pounds and each slab can be about 2,000 pounds. Then the slabs are sent to slab yards like EleMar and Pental Surfaces out of Portland, where they are sold to fabricators, like us. You are able to go to these locations and check out their different stones like granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, onyx and quartzite.. you can also look at quartz, even though quartz is manmade it is still a highly sought after material to use as countertops, or other projects around the house. Our photo is Carrara Marble quarried in Italy.


Here at Cascade Surfaces and Design we firmly believe in giving back to our employees. After one year of employment, we offer paid vacation, paid holidays and health benefits. We appreciate the work that our employees put in for our clients. They do so much to ensure that our clients get the best product and service in the Columbia River Gorge. Every employee here has the opportunity to grow with this business. We are planning more expansion so follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop on our future plans and job opportunities. Special thanks to Sky Morgan and the local Aflac team.