Granite is a natural stone that comes from large granite quarries. Granite, an igneous rock with the strength of diamond. Therefore, is used for building material for centuries. Such as countertops, floor tiles, paving stone, curbing, stair treads, building veneer, and cemetery monuments.
Granite mineral is composed primarily of quartz, mica, and feldspar as well as other minerals. These minerals is what give the granite its colors. Granite has tiny pits or spaces between the various mineral crystals caused by small black crystals found throughout the slab. These pits do not make the granite less durable and are common in all granite. In addition, granite also contains natural fissures, which are visible separations along inter-crystalline boundaries. They may appear to be cracks but are in fact, not structural defects and will not affect the structure or durability of the stone.
Granite Cleaning and Maintenance
Another great reason for purchasing granite is it is easy to clean and maintain. Furthermore, its beauty is incomparable to similar man-made equivalents. For all its strength, however, granite is not unbreakable, it can be chipped or cracked if struck with a heavy object. It can also be broken if dropped. Although granite is tough and resistant, it can be scratched by cutlery. Therefore, the use of a cutting board is imperative for protection against scratches on your granite countertops.
Purchasing Granite adds value to your home
Granite countertops is unique in its look, because no two pieces of slabs of granite are the same. Finally, purchasing granite in beauty and durability make these countertops attractive to real estate brokers and adds value to your home.
Granite finishes and textures
Polished granite countertops are predominately sold. However, you can purchase granite in natural stone countertops with a honed, leathered, antiqued, brushed, flamed, or velvet finish. These natural stone finishes may affect consistency, stain resistance, and appearance. Honing dark colors can lead to fingerprints, and water spots. Now available on select granite slabs is a choice between honed and glossy in our in-stock granite program. Be sure to ask your sales representative questions regarding the various natural stone finishes making sure they fit with your lifestyle and expectations.