How Granite Is Formed
Granite is an igneous rock formed from slowly cooling magma which forms interlocking crystals as it solidifies. Considered an intrusive rock, formed from magma deep in the Earth, granite makes it’s way to the surface over millions of years. The slower it cools, the larger the individual crystals will be. Predominate minerals include Quartz, Feldspars, and Mica, but you may also see Garnets, Tourmalines, and Zircons.
Granite is popular because it is both tough and beautiful. It’s ability to be polished coupled with stunning color variations like white, gray, pink, violet, green and blue allow for infinite design applications.
Care & Cleaning
Clean your Granite regularly using a mild dish soap and warm water. Vinegar or ammonia based cleaners may dull the surface. Beware using abrasive cleaners which can scratch the surface creating permanent damage that may not polish out. Some commercial cleaning products contain chemicals that may strip the sealer or discolor your stone. Avoid staining by wiping up spills as soon as they occur. If you have staining, please advise what has stained your granite so we can give you the proper solution to clean it.
Proper sealing protects your granite and prevents stains. Does your granite need to be resealed? Splash some water on the most used area of your countertop to test. If the water beads, your granite is protected, but if the water runs, you need to reseal.
Natural vs. Engineered
Natural Stone or Engineered? This is a decision ultimately left to the homeowner. If the energy and feel of natural materials is preferred, choosing hardwood flooring over laminate, and wool carpet over nylon, then granite over engineered stone is the natural choice. This homeowner will likely appreciate the inherent stone variations and interpret what some may see as flaws as beautiful characteristics only found in nature. The purity of granite being mined from the earth and fabricated using other stones appeals to those preferring natural materials.
Conversely, engineered stones offer incredible color options with consistent patterns. Some contemporary design styles lend quite easily to the look of engineered stone. Engineered Quartz is approximately 93% crushed quartz with the 7% balance being a mix of polymers, resins and glues. Warranties will vary by brand.
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Granite vs. Marble
Granite is the more durable stone. Appropriate for high traffic areas like kitchen countertops and flooring, granite has the same price range as marble, but is less porous.
Marble, for all it’s beauty, will stain easier and is susceptible to heat and acidic spills. Appropriate for less traffic areas like bathroom countertops and flooring, marble will dull over time. It is a natural material that will develop some character, but is worth the maintenance to create the right look and feel unique to marble. With proper maintenance, marble will maintain it’s beauty for many years. For more information on stone varieties, click here thestonecollection.com/material-types