Granite – A Beautiful Building Block

Granite is a type of rock found across the world. However, there are some particular spots that manage to produce Granite of such a quality that it is fit enough to be made into many beautiful items, particularly, kitchen countertops.

Granite forms naturally over time, thanks to the slow crystallisation of magma below the Earth’s surface. It is composed mainly of natural quartz and feldspar with subtle amounts of mica, amphiboles and other organic minerals.

So if you have Granite work surfaces or other Granite accessories, you now know that at one time they were molten lava..

For those who love the different colours and patterns within this beautiful stone, these nuances come from the different minerals found within each slab of granite. These compositions can give speck, flakes or veins of colours, including blue, green, black and gold.

The majority of the world’s granite countertops are from quarries found in Brazil, Italy, India and China. But the penchant for using Granite for Kitchen worksurfaces is a very British & American thing. With some types of this stone being worth many thousands of pounds.

Strength and Durability

Granite is widely considered to be one of the most durable natural stones because of the way it comes into being – many thousands of years in production (thanks to mother nature).

The stone itself is so hard it is said to rival that of diamond.

Coming into fashion

In the 1980s, Granite could be found in the homes of the rich and famous but because of the cost, it was completely aspirational for average homeowners.

This gave rise to the fashion for “lookalike” laminate counters, which weren’t very durable. but “did the job” looks wise.

However because of the demand, technology had to keep up & by the late 1990’s, many companies had sprung up, with the capability to mass-produce granite. This meant Granite worksurfaces and pillars / features began to become popular in middle-class homes.

The only real issue now is for professional fitters to find & access quality products, which is of course to import from Brazil, Italy, India, and China. 

But what if it gets damaged

Yes that is a a worry for such an investment.

That is where we come in.

Contact us for a quote on professional damage repairs. info@MasonsStoneAndHomeRepairs.co.uk

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