Granite is an igneous rock, which means it was once molten and formed as it cooled deep within the earth. Minerals within granite typically appear as small flecks throughout the stone, once creating a “salt and pepper” look. Other types have veining similar to marble. Granite is a dense-grained, hard stone. Granite can be highly polished or finished in a variety of other ways.
There are over 300 colors of granite available today. Mines in Brazil and Europe produce most of the granite that is currently being sold. Granite is cut in 2cm and 3cm at the granite mine, and is shipped to stone yards that sell the granite. Variations in color and pattern can occur in granite, depending on where the stone has been “mined”. Dark colored granite tends to show scratches, while light colored granite may show stains if not sealed or cared for properly. Many of the exotic granite stones have a “grain”, meaning all pieces must be cut in the same direction to have a unified look.
Roman Marble & Granite strongly recommends that granite is selected before cabinets or flooring so as not to “compete” with patterns from either wood grain or flooring designs.
Most common uses for Granite:
Interior and exterior wall cladding, interior and exterior paving, residential & commercial counter tops, monuments, curbing, statuary, balance tables, and novelty items.
- Granite is nearly impossible to scratch. In most cases you will dull your knives before you scratch your counter top.
- Granite accepts hot pots and pans right from your oven/burner without a trace of scorching.
- Once sealed, granite will not stain under normal everyday use, if ever.
- Granite does not harbor bacteria.
- The granite surface is not affected by citric acid, coffee, tea, alcohol, wine.
Since all granites are made by nature, no two are the same. All slabs should be reviewed and approved for each project. Roman Marble & Granite guarantees that the granite used for your counter tops will all come from the same bundle, assuring that all surfaces will match in color and pattern.