The stone is virtually maintenance free and requires no special finish to protect it, however it does need to be protected from water. In the event of remodeling, if excessive dust has accumulated on the product, use an air compressor to remove the dust or dry cloth if minor accumulation of dust occurs. Stone should […]
Yes, if a jobsite is more than 30-40 miles away, some design and budget details must be covered first. For large projects, a quote and a visit with a contractor will be provided.
Yes of course. The installation instructions are very detailed. Please feel free to call for guidance at any time.
Yes, 100% pure copper or pewter powder is mixed with a binding agent. It is applied by hand into custom molds, then naturally cures and hardens. After de-molding, the surface must be polished and buffed by hand to achieve the high polished finish, exactly like hot cast metal.
Yes. These mantels were produced during down time or were showroom displays. Some have an old or custom color, hearth, and a surround that cannot be matched, those come with a marble or travertine hearth.
It is best to modify all three dimensions on a straight line mantel. Curved or arched shelves are harder to adjust in width and I would recommend choosing a different mantel if the width needs to be adjusted.
Yes, there is a rush charge of 15%. Orders cannot be completed in less than 3 weeks.
Scagliola stone weighs approximately 3 to 4 lbs. per sq. ft.
Custom color and finishing are available.
Since each element is handmade, variation in the texture and color shading is created. The appearance of the stone is to be as natural as possible. Color variation is to be expected.
Scagliola is not a cast stone or poured concrete product; it consists of natural stone, marble dust, and chips of stone. Each element is entirely made by hand in Francois & Co.’s workshop in Atlanta. The technique of layering stone into a form requires experience and can only be done by hand. The polishing consists […]
Yes. Most installations are in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, and California. Installation includes project management and delivery of stone. Use of a stone mason is advised. *Be sure that the stone mason has worked with the particular stone ordered and ask to see some completed projects.*
Cold Cast Stone is a process that has been developed to form metal using powder instead of heat over top of Scagliola stone.
Standard mantels less than 90” in width weigh between 400 and 500 lbs.
Yes, but Francois & Co. does not copy designs by other companies.
No, however recommendations are available upon request.
Francois & Co.’s standard mantel offering consists of hundred of standard profiles, many in various standard sizes. However, if customization is required for specific project needs, Francois & Co. has the ability to make custom mantels. Please contact your local sales representative for details about customization.