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LAYING MARBLE AND GRANITE TILES Although marble and granite were prized building materials long before any of us were building, they fell out of favor in the early '60s and remained out of favor for a long time. But judging from my last few years of invoices, stone is back in style. What was only an occasional request ten years ago now makes up nearly half of my business as a tile contractor. Since these materials were ignored for so long, many contractors and suppliers aren't as knowledgeable as they might be. This can lead to problems because marble and granite are individual products of nature; they do not come off of an assembly line. They vary