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About Granite

Overview

Granite is a coarse or medium-grained intrusive igneous rock that is rich in quartz and feldspar. Granite is formed from magma that has cooled and solidified over a long period. Intense pressure compresses the minerals together that form granite rocks. Did you know that the shifting of the earth’s plates have also helped form granite? On the Moh’s scale, granite has a rating of 7. Scientists estimate that the Earth’s newest piece of granite is 750 million years old.

Characteristics of Granite

Granite qualities include strength and durability. This unique and elegant natural stone is one of the oldest, hardest, and strongest stones available. A truly beautiful natural stone that comes in a wide spectrum of colours and patterns. This stone symbolises strength and longevity within any space. Granite comes in a variety of finishes including gloss, matte or brushed finishes. Each finish is optimised for a specific application. For example, placing a flamed or brushed granite in a bathroom is ideal for showers because of its slip resistant qualities.

Characteristics of Granite

Granite qualities include strength and durability. This unique and elegant natural stone is one of the oldest, hardest, and strongest stones available. A truly beautiful natural stone that comes in a wide spectrum of colours and patterns. This stone symbolises strength and longevity within any space. Granite comes in a variety of finishes including gloss, matte or brushed finishes. Each finish is optimised for a specific application. For example, placing a flamed or brushed granite in a bathroom is ideal for showers because of its slip resistant qualities.

Applications

Granite is used in a large number of construction projects because it is extremely hard rock and it can withstand mechanical stress and resist weathering. It also is extremely durable and has been for: tabletops, stairs, for swimming pools, walls, flooring, counter tops, vanities, arches and ceilings. Granite is ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications as it requires little maintenance wherever it’s placed. It is suitable for high traffic areas. 

Care + Maintenance

Granite can be cleaned with warm water and a few drops of mild dish detergent. Wiping the area clean with a microfiber cloth will avoid superficial scratches, though generally, granite does not easily scratch. Avoid acidic cleaners because they may damage the finish on granite flooring, counter tops, etc. Stains that sit on granite can cause discolouration the longer they are allowed to stay. However, using a mild talc powder and water can allow you to form a paste over a stain. Cover the area with plastic wrap and tape down the edges. The paste forms a moisture barrier in order to “lift” a stain. Once the stain dries, wipe with a sponge. You may have to repeat the process a improve the reults.