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Granite Countertops

Granite: Next to the diamond, it is the hardest and strongest of the natural stones.

    • Resists staining and scratching better than any other natural stone
    • Beautiful in foyers, bathrooms, libraries or kitchens or as an accent with other natural stones
    • Made up of mainly quartz, feldspar and mica
    • Mother nature produces a variety of rich colors each
    • with their own distinctive characteristics

Granite is the number one choice for high use areas, such as a kitchen countertop, because it is extremely dense and durable.


Granite Slabs

  • Slabs are solid pieces of stone that are used for countertops, backsplashes, wall and surrounds.
  • More expensive than granite stone tile.
  • Granite is the most popular slab for kitchen counters for hardness and durability.
  • Seams in slabs are possible and can be visible depending upon the application and layout.
  • Edge Treatments
    • You will have a choice of edge treatments for slab. Some edge details are simply the edge of the slab rounded or cut in different styles such as a bullnose, bevel edge, or ogee. The other type is called a laminated edge where there are two pieces of stone laminated together to form more of an overhang. With the laminated edges you will see a seam.

Nothing makes more of a statement than a beautiful granite slab. Known for their durability and longevity, granite slabs come in an abundance of colors and stone types.

All granite slabs, begin their existence as giant pieces of rock that are removed from large quarries and are then cut into slabs. Each slab has its own shape and characteristics. Veining, crystallization, irregular markings, shading are all considered normal aspects of granite and add to its authentic look. No two slabs of the same type of stone will look exactly the same.

In some slabs you will see markings that may be mistaken for imperfections. For example, “inclusions”, particularly inherent in granite, are mineral spots that are darker or lighter in color. Fissures, often times mistaken for cracks in the stone, are not. Also, please be aware that the veining direction may not be consistent throughout the slab. These are not defects, but rather a natural part of the beauty of the stone.

If the area where you are installing slab requires more than one piece of stone, seaming is necessary. The placement of seams in a slab countertop is dictated by the size of the slabs, density of the stone and the layout of that area. For example, the same type of stone slabs installed in two identical layouts will have different areas of seaming due to the size of the individual slabs. Slabs with more pronounced veining will increase the visibility of the seams.

Even after the polishing or honing process at the manufacturers, no granite slab will have a perfectly smooth surface. There may be small chips or pits that are sometimes apparent in different lighting conditions. Different lighting conditions can also cause faint “cloudy spots” to become visible when viewing your countertop or wall from different angles.






Granite Tile



Tile Sizes
    • 12”x12” is the size typically installed on countertops.

 

Tile Edges

    • There are two types of edges for granite tile.
      • A polished bull nose edge that has a rounded or curved appearance.
      • A polished straight 90 degree edge.

 

Selecting Grout for Granite Tile

  • Granite grout lines are typically done with unsanded grout and are usually much thinner than ceramic tile installations.
  • Design Options-grout can match, contrast or coordinate with your stone tile. Remember, grout will outline each tile creating a visual picture frame. If you want to highlight the beauty of your stone and make the grout less noticeable, select a grout that is close in color to the stone. A contrasting grout color, either darker or lighter, will enhance the appearance of the grout lines creating a checkerboard effect.
  • Grout darkens as it ages, so sealing is recommended. Remember that grout colors can change slightly from the sample in the design center to the grout installed in your home based on the temperature and humidity when the tile is installed.
 

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