Granite is one of the hardest and most common rocks on our planet. Few decorative stones (such as quartzite) can compete with it for its hardness and durability. Because of its resistance to external conditions - moisture, frost, abrasion and sudden changes of temperature - granite is often used for construction.
This igneous rock has between 20% and 60% quartz by volume, and at least 35% of the total feldspar consisting of alkali feldspar, although commonly the term "granite" is used to refer to a wider range of coarse-grained igneous rocks containing quartz and feldspar. Granite hardness depends on the ratio of feldspar to quartz. Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or gray in color, depending on their minerology.
- Hard (Mohs 7)
- Resistant to scratching
- Resistant to UV rays
- Resistant to extreme temperatures
- Resistant to ice and freezing
- Resistant to erosion
- Hard to chip or damage
- Acid liquids can cause stains
- Can be used in high-traffic zones
- Requires sealing every 12-24 months
What is granite used for?
- Kitchen worktops
- Bathroom vanities
- Wall cladding
- Patios and outdoor flooring
- Exterior wall cladding
- Fireplace surrounds
- Swimming pool tiling
- Spas and wet rooms