What is granite?
The main minerals in true granite are silicates, feldspar, and quartz. Exact and current extraction figures are not available, as data collection from many countries is difficult. Statistics from various sources indicate that the granite quarried in the countries of Brazil, China, and India comprises approximately 2/3 of the granite used worldwide. There are granite quarries in operation in dozens of countries, and it is one of the most popular natural stones on the market. New granite resources are continually being located and developed throughout the world.
Why choose granite?
At the top of the list is its extraordinary natural beauty. With the ability to choose from over 200 granite colors you are assured your countertop will be unique. Granite is by far the most durable of all surfaces used in counter top construction.
Hot pans can be placed on the surface without the worry of burning the surface. Granite can withstand up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, and disperses the heat throughout its surface area. Most household knives can be used to cut meat and vegetables directly on the granite surface. With proper care granite surface are virtually stain proof.
Granite is the only choice for preparation surfaces for world famous chefs, bakers, pasta and candy makers. The cost of granite is not as nearly prohibitive as you may think. Why settle for less when you have the opportunity to choose the real thing at an affordable price?
Out of all the different types of natural stone, granite is by far the most diverse. Materials vary from consistent / homogeneous patterns to random movement designs. Nature also provides us with a full spectrum of color options. The final appearance of the polished surface is determined by the specific composition and distribution of quartz, feldspars and other minerals. No two slabs are ever the same. Add in the different types of finishes, such as polished, honed, and leathered, the possibilities are endless!