The Marble Institute of America has released Stones of North America Version 2. Stones of North America is a comprehensive iPad app that gives design and construction professionals quick, easy access to detailed information about natural stones quarried in North America. Version 2 of the app includes 25 new natural stones, a MAPEI care and maintenance tab, and various programming updates to ensure proper functionality with iOS6.

The app features marble, granite, and other stones from more than 90 quarries in North America. Stones of North America gives architects, builders, designers, homeowners, and others shopping for natural stone an easy way to view and select locally sourced natural stone. Users can search natural stones by type, color, intended use, location, and distance from a project. Stones are displayed in vivid color and are showcased through stunning photos of their use in commercial and/or residential applications.

Technical specifications, physical properties, and details on recommended use make it easy to specify the right stone for any project.

Sophisticated mapping technology enables users to measure the distance from the stone’s quarry and processing centers to a job site for sustainable projects.

The MAPEI Care and Maintenance tab includes a comprehensive guide for how to care for and maintain all varieties of natural stone.

“Stones of North America 2 provides a thorough update and increased functionality to an app that was already a hit," said James A. Hieb, MIA Executive Vice President and CEO.  Hieb continued, “It is an ideal resource for professionals who specify materials for residential or commercial projects. I encourage all stone companies to Facebook/Tweet their design clients about the new app.”

MAPEI, an MIA member company, provided support for the development of the app.  “We are honored to help update this unique app,” said Diane Choate, Public Relations Specialist, MAPEI. “This is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art stone selection resource of its kind and we’re proud to partner with MIA to showcase the beautiful stones of North America.”

The Stones of North America iPad app is available for free download on iTunes. Look for news about version 3, which will include more stones and a companion website for broader exposure, soon.