What is Granite?
A granular crystalline rock, consisting essentially of quartz,
orthoclase feldspar and mica. It is the size, distribution
and precise chemistry of these minerals which give the granite
One of the most durable stones available, granite takes excellent
polished and thermal textured finishes which are unaffected
by exposure to the weather.
Granite can be worked to achieve every type of finish from
traditional hand tooled, flame textured, shot blasted, acid
washed, or honed to highly polished mirror finishes.
Granite is a much more dense and harder wearing material
whilst having the same aesthetic qualities as marble. Its
use is for the same range of applications as marble however,
more suitable for certain uses.
It is always recommended for use in commercial situations
such as public areas or high traffic floors,
hotel and office reception desks, domestic
kitchen tops and of course exterior cladding to
protect and enhance the appearance of buildings.
The fact that granite will not burn when subjected to severe
heat lends its use for restaurants and hotel hot food buffet
tops and can also be made to contain heating elements. It
is now widely used in domestic kitchens
for the same reasons.