Q: I love the look of granite and want to know more about its properties, quality, etc.
A: Granite is composed of several minerals such as quartz, silica, mica, obsidian and feldspar. People like to use granite due to its beauty and resilient properties. Slabs of granite consist of unique crystals, color variations and depth. What’s more, the stone is famous worldwide as it never loses its color and brilliance.
Granite is the first choice for countertops in many parts of the world, including in countries like the US, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Norway, Sri Lanka and Italy.
There are several factors that you need to consider when purchasing granite for you home. Here are a few of the most important:
- Consider Location: You should take special consideration for the area you wish to have granite installed. Consider some important factors such as moisture levels, foot traffic and slip resistance. There are several varieties in granite tile including brushed, polished and flamed. The polished granite stone makes great countertops. However for tile flooring, you should remember that it tends to get slippery when wet. If you want to purchase all-purpose flooring, honed flooring is the best. Exteriors will do better with brushed or flamed granite tile where tile could be slippery when wet.
- Color Variations: Color variations are natural and bring beauty to the stone, if you are looking for uniformity I would suggest an alternative material. Granite comes in a wide range of colors from white to black and about everything in between. You can view the array of colors at Global Granite.
- Granite resists heat, scratches and stains. You will want to make sure and seal your granite based on the manufacturer’s instructions. A clear impregnating sealer like Stainproff from Drytreat offers some of the best protection available and will carry a 15 year warranty if installed by an accredited applicator.
- Leave it to the Pros: Granite or any natural stone has special considerations for installation and is a labor intensive process, I’d recommend leaving this one up to the pros.
Overall granite is an excellent choice when it comes to flooring, countertops or about any other creative place you might decide to install so don’t be scared to think outside the box. We at ACo would be happy to help you consider the ins and outs of any ideas you may have so don’t hesitate to contact us at ACo today! We look forward to meeting with you!