Granite is the oldest igneous rock in the world, believed to have been formed as long as 300 million years ago. For those who’ve forgotten your high school science classes, igneous rocks are formed from cooling lava or magma.
Granite is also what’s called a “plutonic” rock, meaning that it forms deep underground. Granite is the main component that makes up the earth’s continental crust.
The white mineral grains that you see in granite are feldspar, which is the most abundant rock on the planet, comprising around 60% of the earth’s surface.
The word “granite” comes from the Latin word “granum,” which means “a coarse grain.”
Granite got its name because of the grain-like patterns formed by its densely packed crystals.Granite has a density of around 162 pounds per cubic foot. That’s more than two times heavier than the same volume of water.
Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world, second only to diamonds. In fact, granite is so tough and durable that the pedestal that
the Statue of Liberty stands on is made from granite. Granite was also the reason for the first commercial railroad in the United States — the “Granite Railway” of Quincy, MA.
Blue hone granite, taken from the island of Ailsa Craig, near Scotland, is used in the manufacture of curling stones—those odd stone discs with handles used in the sport of curling.
The highest granite mountain in the world is Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas. At 8,586 meters, Kangchenjunga is the third-highest mountain in the world, behind Everest (which is limestone) and K2 (which is gneiss). Mount Rushmore is also sculpted out of granite.
Granite has a density of around 162 pounds per cubic foot. That’s more than
two times heavier than the same volume of water.
Granite stone is beautiful, durable, and a great material for kitchen counter-tops, bathroom remodels, and other uses around the home. But did you know that granite counter-top care and maintenance is also easy? It is if you have the right tools for the job!
Granite Worktop Installation
Stone such as granite and marble is a natural product formed over millions of years and is subject to variations in tone, colours and markings. The granite and marble products can also show slight cracks, veins and what you the customer may call imperfections – these are a natural occurrence in the stone therefore you the customer must expect and accept the fore mentioned thus no claims by you the customer can be made relating to this.
We always ask the customer to choose their own granite slab by visiting the stone yard as they are aware of the shades , pattern fishures etc. We then work with the chosen slab and let you know if we have any issues working with the slab.
Please note that some granite are fragile and have Net Backing in them for extra security and thererfore removing them is not recommended as its affect health and safety. Hence we DO NOT polish the underside of the granite/marble, unless customer ask for it as these incur additional cost.