For all your granite needs in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and nearby areas, consult the experts at Tri-State Stone of Newark and West Long Branch.
Get to know your Granite
Granite originated many thousands of years ago when lava or magma slowly cooled and hardened within the underlying continental plates that make up the earth’s crust. It is, in fact, one of the most plentiful of all basement rocks that lie below the earth’s sedimentary surface and forms the central cores of many of the earth’s mountain ranges – which is why granite is so readily available in many countries.
Granite comes in a wide range of colors and with different degrees of stippling, depending on its specific chemical composition and the different percentages of minerals combined in that particularly slab – usually a combination of varying amounts of mica, feldspar and quartz. These give rise to the wide palette of white, buff, beige, pink, grey and black granites that are commonly found, as well as the characteristically coarse to medium porphyritic markings and striations for which granite is known and admired.
Characteristics of granite
The words most often used to describe granite are hard, tough, durable, dense and heat resistant – all qualities which make it an ideal construction stone and particularly suitable for use in the kitchen and outdoor living areas. It requires very little maintenance and can be used in any number of your home improvement projects. Granite is a hardworking material that is ideal for high-traffic areas such as your bathroom and kitchen because it will maintain its original appearance for years and, once sealed, is stain and scratch resistant.
Granite slabs can be cut to different thicknesses, according to your personal preferences and the edges can be finished in a variety of ways – rounded, half-rounded, mitre-joints, etc.