Quarry Queries – What is Granite?
Granite’s strength and durability have made it one of the most popular countertop materials in use today. Customers are always asking us about granite, its properties, how to care for it, and how it compares to other natural stone countertop materials. Today’s blog post aims to answer those questions.
Granite is made mostly from quartz and feldspar and is formed when magma absorbs minerals and then cools beneath the earth’s surface. These minerals are what give granite its natural color variations. Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world, and is resistant to heat and cold, abrasions and scratches, and almost all chemicals commonly found in the home. Although granite is ideal for countertops and vanities, it can also be used as a flooring material, fireplace face, or wall cladding – both indoors and out. When considering granite for flooring, select a flamed or brushed finish for wet areas, as high gloss finishes can become slippery when wet.
Granite is porous, and like most natural stone, it is recommended to seal granite upon both installation and then again annually to help prevent liquid absorption and staining. We source our granite directly from the manufacturers and we carry a wide variety of colors from all over the world including Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Madagascar, India, Ukraine, Italy, Angola and Namibia. No two slabs of granite are exactly alike and it’s always best to choose your specific granite slab in person to ensure it fits with your design aesthetic.
We welcome your questions and want to know, would you use granite in your home?