Granite 101: Simple or Sophisticated

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What stone can look incredibly sophisticated or super simple and is one of the most durable stones for home use? Exactly, Granite.

History of Granite

Because granite starts as molten rock, we classify it as igneous rock, in comparison to metamorphic (Quartzite) or sedimentary rocks (Onyx or Dolomite). Igneous means that it is cooled down magma, and depending on the size of the magma chamber, it can take thousands or millions of years for it to form.

The time it took for the magma to cool down defines the size of the crystals – the longer the cooling (usually closer to the center of the earth) the more prominent the crystals, for example, Dallas White. The shorter the cooling period (closer to the surface of the planet) the less visible are the grains of the stone, for example Absolute Black.

Properties of Granite

For thousands of years, people have been using granite in interior and exterior design.

Thanks to its durability (only quartzite can be harder in some cases) granite is very low maintenance.

This natural stone is hygienic and perfectly suitable for food contact. It is acid resistant: such liquids as lemon juice or vinegar won’t etch the surface. Additionally, granite is resistant to high temperatures as well, so you can place a hot dish right out of the oven on your countertop.

Fine crystals form as granite cools quickly, leading to black granite such as you see here

Fine crystals form as granite cools quickly, leading to black granite such as you see here

Care and Cleaning

You may seal your natural stone countertops periodically and it is easily cleaned with water and soap. Please avoid using abrasive cleaners containing chlorine bleach or ammonia, neither is it recommended to leave oil spills on the countertop for prolonged periods. Natural stone is made for years to enjoy if taken care off properly.

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John Atkinson

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