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History of Granite

historygranite.jpgWe need to explore the history of granite in order to completely understand the outstanding durability and strength of this natural material.

Granite is a stone formed from fire and consists of quartz, feldspar and mica. This stone was once a molten flowing mass much like lava, and as it cooled down it became very dense and hard. In fact, granite is second only to diamonds in its hardness. Because it is resistant to blistering, scratching, cracking and scorching, granite is the number one choice in natural stone for kitchen, bath, and commercial countertops.

Polished granite, with its high gloss, reflects light beautifully, adding elegance to any room or space. The high gloss finish will never wear off. Granite is easy to clean with just warm water and soft cloth.

Granites are quarried throughout the world in the form of huge blocks and then reduced into slabs. These slabs are then carefully crafted and fabricated by a fabricator to the form you desire. With technology and advancement in tool quality, diamond saws have reduced the time and energy necessary to quarry granite. This reduction has brought the price of granite down making it more affordable to homeowners and builders.

Granites have different patterns or veining. Many stones rarely change in their tight quartz-like appearance, while others have veins that swirl and change irregularly. Small samples cannot give a good overall picture of a high-movement stone, it is this reason that we recommend you view the slab prior to the selection or fabrication.

The term granite is derived from the Latin word “granum” which means ‘grain’ due to its granular nature while the Italian term for granite is formed from the past participle of “granire”, which means to granulate or make grainy.

Historic uses of marble and granite are still visible today, proving the durability and strength of these natural products. Palaces and chateaus can be found throughout Europe where granite and marble still stands the test of time. Historically used as a building material, but only available to the wealthy, marble and granite covered floors, walls, pillars, counters and walkways.

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