Learn More about Granite Worktops
Granite is a very hard, crystalline, igneous rock primarily composed of feldspar, quartz, orthoclase or microcline accompanied by one or more dark minerals. It is visibly homogeneous in texture. It is the most common plutonic rock of the Earth's crust, forming by the cooling of magma (silicate melt) at depth.
The term "Granite" is derived from the Latin word "Granum" meaning "grain" because of its granular nature. Italian granito, from past participle of granire to granulate, to make grainy, from grano, grain.
Granite is the hardest building stone and occupies a prominent place among dimensional stones on account of its hardness, resistance to weathering, capability to take mirror polish, fascinating colours, textural pattern sand a natural stone.
The principal characteristics of dimensional granite also include high load bearing capacity, crushing strength, abrasive strength, amenability to cutting and shaping without secondary flaws, ability to yield thin and large slabs and - above all - durability. Due to its dense grain it is impervious to stain. Polished granite slabs and tiles have achieved a special status as building stones world over.
Granite is used as a building material in the form of granite tiles and granite slabs for wall cladding, roofing and flooring and a variety of other interior and exterior applications and especially for counter tops, Granite kitchen work tops and vanity units and is the most popular material for monuments and memorials.
Not all granites are "true" granites however for commercial purposes they are grouped together.
Not all black granites are the same.
Granite will scratch and chip when abused however it can be repaired!
Granite can stain however it is possible for them to be removed, it is one of the best products for kitchen worktops.
Not all granites need to be sealed.
Sealing granite will not protect from acid or alkali etching
Sealing correctly is not a five minute job. Take care and time and do it properly.
Granite sealed correctly will last for many years before "topping up".
Granite does not contain harmful radon gases.
Granite does not come from only mountainous regions.
Thin and long narrow lengths of granite can break easily.
Large cut-outs can dramatically reduce the maximum length of worktops
Granite is not expensive in comparison to other so-called quality materials, it could be considered as cheap.
Granite is not difficult to clean, mild soap and water is all that is generally required.
Granite is not man-made and does not come from a factory mould! Each piece is unique.