Stone Type | Granite
Granite is an igneous rock with grains large enough to be visible with the unaided eye. It forms from the slow crystallization of magma below Earth’s surface. Granite is composed mainly of quartz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica, amphiboles, and other minerals. This mineral composition gives granite a multiple colour choices.
The word “granite” is used by people who sell and purchase cut stone for structural and decorative use. These “granites” are used to make countertops, floor tiles, curbing, building veneer, monuments, and many other products.
In the commercial stone industry, a “granite” is a rock with visible grains that are harder than marble. Granite is the rock most often quarried as a “dimension stone” (a natural rock material that has been cut into blocks or slabs of specific length, width, and thickness). Granite is hard enough to resist abrasion, strong enough to bear significant weight, inert enough to resist weathering, and it accepts a brilliant polish. These characteristics make it a very desirable and useful dimension stone.
Our stone comes from major granite producing countries:
Granite comes in different finishes:
- Polished Finish – High sheen
- Honed Finish – Matt to satin with no sheen
- Leathered Finished – Textured