Undoubtedly granite is a fantastic material for crafting the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. Not only is it hard-wearing and resistant, in the right hands, a master mason can create something truly beautiful for your home.
But just how much do you know about granite? We thought we’d cast our keen eyes over the material, so you can discover what it is, where it comes from, and why it makes for the perfect kitchen countertop.
Origins of Granite
Let us start at the beginning: Granite is an igneous rock, which means that it’s formed from the solidification of cooled magma and lava. The compressed lava, mixed with minerals like feldspar and quartz, creates the crystal-like look we associate with hard granite, which can then be mined at quarries.
The name itself, granite, is derived from the Latin word for grain: granum. Not difficult to see why, when you look at granite up close, with its scattering of individual, multi-coloured crystallites packed solidly together.
Benefits of Granite
There’s a very good reason why today we use granite for flooring solutions and countertops – it’s durable. After billions of years forming underground, of course, you’d expect it to be. Even the Egyptians used granite when decorating their home, the fact that we’re still using it today shows just how much of a timeless beauty it is.
Not only is a granite countertop scratch-resistant and heat-resistant, but it’s also the sanitary option, as it doesn’t harbour bacteria in the way other options will.
Perhaps its finest attribute, and one we understand very well, is that granite can be easily cut into any shape you desire. So that elegantly sweeping kitchen work-surface you’ve always dreamed of can be yours.
Not only that, but each slab of granite is totally unique, which means no-one else on the block will have a countertop like yours. Even granite that comes from the same quarry will still bear its own markings and veins; granite from different quarries will look totally different, not just in terms of the crystallite placement, but also in colour, depending on precisely how it was formed.
Uses of Granite
It even has further functions outside of the home. It’s been used for construction (Both as a structural base and for decoration), roads, memorials, outdoor paving, and even as gem stones, which will come as no surprise given its prestigious elements. Possibly the most famous use of granite piece in the world is South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore monument.
So by choosing a granite countertop, you’re sure to be in good company. And we’d certainly be delighted to find the worktop that works for you. Simply contact our experts on 01704 228 574 and we’ll be happy to help make your dream kitchen a reality.