Granite

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All stones are natural products and will vary in colour, intensity and veining from one slab to another and within individual slabs. The photographs on this website are provided as an indication only.  Viewing of our extensive stock of slabs is highly recommended.  


Granite has been used as a building material since ancient times. It is one of the oldest and most durable building products available. It has become the material of choice for today's luxury homes because of its enduring beauty, and because no synthetic material can yet compare to its elegance and performance. 


Products made of this stone will not depreciate with time and will continuously add value to any property where they are installed. Regardless of its finish, granite creates an immediate impression of elegance, and is considered a definite plus to any home.


Its unique variations in colour and veining make each specimen a natural work of art. It is cool to the touch, and presents an image of classic grace and beauty. 


Granite is believed to have been formed as long ago as 300 million years, being an igneous rock (formed from volcanic activity), it differs from marble, limestone, and travertine in that those are sedimentary stones composed mostly of calcite, a relatively soft and common mineral derived from animal skeletons and shells. Millions of years of compression and heat below the earth's surface turned them into stone. Granite is one of the hardest stones available.


Granite is drilled and blasted from the quarry in large blocks, cut into slabs by a gang saw, and polished to uniform thickness by automatic polishing machines. The size of the slabs will vary from quarry to quarry, but are rarely more than 10 ft. long. It is cut and fabricated into countertops using diamond saw blades or drill bits. 


Physical Characteristics

Granite is crystalline in structure, so it always has tiny pits or spaces between the various mineral crystals. They are not visible prior to polishing, and usually remain unobtrusive on finished pieces once the surface is highly polished. Granite also contains natural fissures that may appear to be cracks, but they are not structural defects and will not impair the function or durability of the material. They occur naturally and are considered to be part of the beauty of stone. 


Colour and Pattern

Customers who are less acquainted with the material may expect the granite ordered to be identical to the sample they were shown. While the samples are intended to represent the quarry's product, each slab may differ slightly in colour and veining. Indeed, even a single granite slab will have colour variations from one end to the other. This lack of predictability gives the product its unique character and adds an element of nature. Therefore customers who prefer surfaces that are perfectly uniform in colour and pattern and that are totally free of blemishes, we would recommend an engineered stone.


 

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