Formed deep in the earth, granite is the end result of tremendous heat and pressure applied over thousands of years. Granite is an igneous rock that is described as "intrusive". Igneous stones such as granite are mainly formed through volcanic material such as magma. Underneath the Earths surface, liquid magma cooled and solidified. Mineral gases and liquids penetrated into the stone and created new crystalline formations with various colors. Granite is chiefly composed of 30% Quartz and 60% Feldspar. Due to its harsh origins and the lengthy process that suspends so many stabilizing elements within it, granite is an incredibly hard surface. There are different types of granite depending on the percentage mix of quartz, mica and feldspar. Black granite is known as an Anorthosite. It contains very little quartz and felldspar and has a different composition than true granite. Fined grained granites are often more absorbent than others; however, they are all extremely durable.
There are so many different materials to choose from when it comes to flooring, so why choose granet tile? To begin with, like marble, granite is also a natural stone with many colors. However, the similarities stop here. Unlike marble, granite is composed of different materials with different properties. Granite is chiefly composed of 30% Quartz and 60% Feldspar. These minerals are much harder than the calcite of marbles and for this reason granite will not scratch as easily as marble. Granite is very resistant to most acids and will not etch nor leave a dull spot on the surface, as marble does. Granite is probably one of the most popular type of natural stone that is used for counter tops, floors, sinks and showers. Its smooth polish brings a classically elegant feel to your home. Granite tile is a perfect choice for hard surface applications where durability and low maintenance is important, such as tiles for kitchen countertops, high traffic floors and tile flooring for commercial applications.
Cons for Using Granite Tile
Granite requires some care and attention in order to maintain its original luster and appearance. Many stone tiles including granite are porous in nature, excessive water may cause reactions such as oxidation, staining, deterioration, etc. Special impregnating or penatrating sealers are recommended to avoid these problems. We always apply sealers to any granite applications. Warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth clean up most spills. Granite is a worry-free surface, requiring few special precautions. It is extremely durable, stain resistant and easy to care for. Hot pots and pans won't damage it. It won't chip, crack or scratch under normal use. Avoid the use of cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners also avoid vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners. Let the professionals at Creative Tile assist you in choosing the proper products for cleaning and maintaining granite. With proper care, your granite's beauty will last for generations.
Creative Tile is a innovative San Diego based company fully equipped to handle all phases of Granite, Stone and Ceramic Tile Installations as well as polishing and sealing, residential or commercial. We have been serving San Diego County and Temecula since 1999 and pride ourselves in providing personalized, professional service to achieve a top quality product, on time and within the budget specified. Whether you are considering remoldling your kitchen or bathroom or just looking to update you home, there are so many options and different materials to choose from. The tile experts at Creative Tile can offer expert advice on installation of interior or exterior custom flooring, countertops, back spalshes, fireplaces, showers, kitchens, bathrooms, balconies and more. Get a custom Free Quote today!