What on Earth? The Story of Granite

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According to Webster’s dictionary:

Definition of granite

1.       A very hard natural igneous rock formation of visibly crystalline texture formed essentially of quartz and orthoclase or microcline and used especially for building and for monuments

2.       Unyielding firmness or endurance

Why do we use granite for monuments or, more aptly in our case, countertops?  Webster sums it up nicely… granite is enduring and beautiful.

Granite is the most abundant rock - making up to 70-80%, in the continental crust.  Granite is an igneous rock (born of volcanoes) with grains large enough to be visible by the naked eye.  It is formed by the cooling and crystallization of magma beneath the Earth’s crust, occurring over a long period of time.  Within granite is found quartz and feldspar, mixed with smaller amounts of mica, and other various minerals.  The smaller minerals are what give granite its infinite variety of colors.  The force of gravity and tectonic earth movement are what give granite its texture and pattern.

Granite is anywhere people want strength and beauty.  Granite is used for countertops, floor tiles, paving stones, stair treads, building veneers, and monuments.  Granite is known as a “dimension stone.”    Dimension stone is natural stone or rock that has been selected and finished (trimmed, cut, ground) to a specific shape or size.  When deciding on which dimension stone to use, color, pattern, texture, and surface finish are all taken into consideration.

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Granite Facts

1.       Granite is the oldest igneous rock, most of which was formed as long as 300 million years ago.

2.       Granite is also known as ‘plutonic rock,' meaning it was formed deep underground.

3.       The white mineral in granite is feldspar.

4.       The word ‘granite’ comes from the Latin, ‘granum,’ meaning ‘coarse grain.’

5.       Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world, second only to diamonds.

6.       The base of the Statue of Liberty is made from granite.

7.       The third highest mountain in the world, Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas, consists mostly of granite.

When deciding on materials for a new kitchen, think about granite countertops.  Millions of years, countless minerals, and forces beyond imagining all came together to form something functional and beautiful for your home.