Granite is a fantastic option for heavily used surfaces such as floors and kitchen counters.
Although recent and precise extraction figures are unavailable due to the difficulty in obtaining data from some countries, existing statistics show that two-thirds of the granite used around the world are quarried from Brazil, China and India. Out of all the natural stones, granite is among the most popular, and several dozen countries have granite quarries with an increasing number of quarries being found and built on a regular basis.
For years, builders have utilized granite for pavement and exterior cladding thanks to this natural stone’s intrinsic strength that allows it to effectively resist damage and weather elements. Additionally, granite is a durable street-curb material that has proven itself able to withstand decades of abuse from countless automobiles. Granite has also maintained its integrity against the corrosive snow-melting chemicals that are commonly used in cold climates. Thanks to these features, granite will probably hold its place as one of the top choices for modern-day architects.
Since granite ranks amid the hardest of dimension stones, the stone fabricating shops of yesteryear opted for limestone and marble instead of granite because they are more malleable. However, contemporary abrasives technologies and machinery are more economical and in greater supply, eliminating prior fabrication issues. In turn, residential granite use has sharply risen, specifically for interior projects. The bevy of dazzling colors along with this natural stone’s affordability, strength and lasting power make granite an immensely suitable countertop, flooring, and tabletop material.
Some man-made surfaces are highly susceptible to scratches, but the hardness of many granites’ mineral composition exceeds the hardness of the utensils that people commonly use on them, allowing these types of granite to effectively resist scratches. In most cases, granite can tolerate heat up to approximately 480 degrees Fahrenheit, or 250 degrees Celsius. Direct concentrated heat-source application is not recommended because granite can start to crack from the stress of strong thermal gradients. In terms of bacterial-retention, research indicates that granite surpasses the ability of most countertop materials.
Stones that are categorized into this group have an absorption rate that ranges from 0.05 percent to 0.40 percent. These figures show the pore volume that can harbor a staining agent is negligible. To increase these materials’ stain resistance, impregnating repellents can be utilized.
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