Formed deep in the earth, granite is the end result of tremendous heat and pressure applied over thousands of years. Granite is an igneous rock that is described as “intrusive”. Igneous stones such as granite are mainly formed through volcanic material such as magma. Underneath the Earths surface, liquid magma cooled and solidified. Mineral gases and liquids penetrated into the stone and created new crystalline formations with various colors. Granite is chiefly composed of 30% Quartz and 60% Feldspar. Due to its harsh origins and the lengthy process that suspends so many stabilizing elements within it, granite is an incredibly hard surface. There are different types of granite depending on the percentage mix of quartz, mica and feldspar. Black granite is known as an anorthosite. It contains very little quartz and felldspar and has a different composition than true granite. Fined grained granites are often more absorbent than others; however, they are all extremely durable. Unlike marble, granite is composed of different materials with different properties. Granite is chiefly composed of 30% Quartz and 60% Feldspar. These minerals are much harder than the calcite of marbles and for this reason granite will not scratch as easily as marble. Granite is very resistant to most acids and will not etch nor leave a dull spot on the surface, as marble does. Granite is probably one of the most popular type of natural stone that is used for counter tops, floors, sinks and showers. Its smooth polish brings a classically elegant feel to your home. Granite tile is a perfect for hard surface applications where durability and low maintenance is important, such as high traffic floors and tile flooring for commercial applications.
Pros of Granite
– Strong and durable
– Adds value to your home
– Easy to Clean – worry free surface
– Available in a huge range of colors and options
– Does not stain or scratch eaisly
Cons of Granite
– Very expensive
– Once scratched, can be difficult to remove
Granite Cleaning: Care & Maintenance
Granite requires some care and attention in order to maintain its original luster and appearance. Many stone tiles including granite are porous in nature, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation, staining, deterioration, etc. Special impregnating or penetrating sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. We always apply sealers to any granite applications. Warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth clean up most spills. Granite is a worry-free surface, requiring few special precautions. It is extremely durable, stain resistant and easy to care for. Hot pots and pans won’t damage it. It won’t chip, crack or scratch under normal use. Avoid the use of cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners also avoid vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners. With the proper care, your granite’s beauty will last for generations.