Granite comes from around the world, Brazil, Italy, Africa, India and more. Granite is formed over millions of years from underneath the earth’s surface, also described as metamorphic rock.
The main difference is that granite is a highly dense material composed deep inside the earth’s core where as marble is formed from sediments under the seabed. Both solidify into stone after millions of years but the mineral composition of the two stones makes Marble and Granite react differently to various chemicals and household cleaners. Because Granite is a denser material it is much more scratch resistant as well as heat and stain resistant therefore recommended for kitchens, flooring, etc..
Granite is a natural stone that comes from across the world and it has many variations, therefore there are many aspects that may affect the class or the price of the stone. Granite that is rare is from a higher class.
Granite is virtually scratch resistant as well as heat resistant. Granite is the second hardest material next to diamonds. Diamonds will scratch granite as well as other granite if it is dragged across the surface. Granite is formed by extreme heat therefore it is also heat resistant.
Granite may chip or crack but only in cases of severe abuse with a hammer or impact tool. In any case, the chip may be fixed with granite dust and epoxy, however severely damaged granite may not be able to be fixed and the only option may be to replace it.
Granite needs to be sealed once a year for a darker stone and twice a year for lighter stones to keep the stain resistance as well as the shine and luster. Sealing granite is easier than polishing furniture, simply spray it on and wipe it off. Keeping your granite clean is also easy, and virtually maintenance free.
Granite, which is crystalline in structure, almost always has tiny pits (spaces between the various mineral crystals). Granite sometimes also has fissures, which are a result of the immense heat and pressure that formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of the stone and will not impair the durability and functionality of the stone. A product of nature cannot be expected to look manmade. Applying a sealer to the surface may minimize the appearance of such characteristics.
Because Granite is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no longer than ten feet long, you may need a seam in your countertop. Seams are done when two pieces of stone are joined together, the crack is filled in with an epoxy mixture that matches or blends in with the color of the natural stone. The seam is made to be uniform with the flow of the stone and to be minimal to the eye. Customers have found that the beauty of the natural stone outweighs the concerns of the seam.
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