Granite is a natural stone composed of several large mineral grains tightly packed together. The main components include Feldspar and Quartz with a mix of other minerals including Biotite and Muscovite. The minerals Feldspar and Quartz, which are the major components of granite, are harder than steel, this is why throughout human civilization, granite has been used as a building material The mica mineral called Biotite and Muscovite are more minor components of granite and give it a glittery appearance
Granite and marble are creations of nature that have a unique natural beauty that has been used in architecture throughout the ages. Since granite and marble are made by nature, each piece is unique and matchless. Customers who may not be familiar with these materials may expect the granite they order to identical to pictures of samples they have seen. Although sample stones are intended to be representative of the material, the granite or marble quarried at one time may differ in color and veining from the sample. A single granite or marble slab will possess a certain amount of color
Marble is typically used for bathroom vanity tops and fireplaces. It is not usually recommended for kitchen countertops due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and acidic substances such as vinegars, ketchups, citrus beverages, etc. can affect it. Granite, however, is considered the second hardest stone. Most granite is not subject to etching by household acids or scratching by knives and pots or pans under normal use. Granite is a great choice for your kitchen countertops
Yes, when you come visit us you will have help in making these decisions from our in-house color specialists at no additional cost. Having installed thousands of kitchen countertops, we can share our experience to enhance your project with countertop color as well as tile selection, paint colors etc.
Granite which is crystalline in structure sometimes has tiny pits (spaces between the various mineral crystals). You do not see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite ages ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the function or durability of the granite.