What is granite composed of?
Granite is comprised of feldspar and quartz, and is
a common mineral that is probably as old as the earth. It
is formed when liquid magma slowly cools, resulting in a substance
almost as hard and durable as a diamond. The hardness and
density are the result of its solidifying under extreme pressure
within the earth.
up the various colors in granite?
The various colors of granite are caused by different metal
oxides that contaminate pure forms of quartz and feldspar.
Some are variegated in color, the result of major disturbances
such as earthquakes that occurred eons ago. The size of the
crystal in granite also varies. In general, the slower a granite
cools, the larger the crystal. And the faster it cools, the
smaller the crystal. This process actually is not unlike growing
crystals on a string. Granite of the same name can vary depending
on when and where it was quarried.
Does all granite
have the same hardness?
No, granite varies in hardness. Most of the time, they are
half as hard as diamonds, the hardest natural stone, (That
is why diamonds must be used to fabricate granite products.)
Certain colors can be harder than others. Marble, for example
is only a fraction as hard as granite.
How does granite
compare to other surfaces used for counter tops?
Granite is simply the best work surface available. Its polished
finish won't wear off. Unlike synthetic Corian and other laminate
surfaces, granite will not blister, scratch or crack. It can
take a hot pot without the use of a trivet. And its cool polished
surface is ideal for rolling out pastry dough.
How hot is
too hot for granite?
Frying pans that have accumulated large quantities of cooking
oil or pans used for frying should cool away from granite.
Hot oil is very viscous and may stain the stone, especially
lighter colors. An appropriate sealer, factory applied, is
the best insurance against stains.
Granite is a beautiful, durable and cost
competitive solution for kitchens, baths and other applications.
They are an investment that homeowners will never regret.
With deep, iridescent colors, granite offers the elusive beauty
created only by nature. It adds character and warmth to kitchens,
baths and other areas of the home that cannot be duplicated
in synthetic Stone Colors.