Granite is a form of igneous rock formed from hot, molten magma. The magma is forced between layers of rock by the pressure under the Earth’s surface which then cools and turns slowly into solid stone and crystallises.
The way colour is achieved is according to the proportions of its minerals. The colour range is from pink through to grey. Exceptionally slow rates of cooling allow for the formation of a very coarse-grained natural stone called pegmatite which is of similar composition to Granite. When cut and polished, the crystals formed from the minerals can be easily seen.
Granite is the best-known igneous rock. Many people recognise Granite because it is the most common igneous rock found at the Earth’s surface and because it is used to make many objects that we encounter in daily life. These include counter tops, floor tiles, paving stone, curbing, stair treads, building veneer, and cemetery monuments.
Granite is hard enough to resist most abrasion, strong enough to bear significant weight, inert enough to resist weathering, and it accepts a brilliant polish. Therefore, it has become the popular choice by our clients for cladding, landscaping and flooring projects.
The following finishes can be applied to Granite:
Textured – Bush-Hammered, Rock Face, Shot-Sawn, Waterblasted, Machine-Tooled, Sandblasted and Split Face.
Smooth – Circular-Sanded, Honed, Polished and Flamed
Granite is quarried in Brazil, China, India, Italy and Norway.
Below is a small group of example granites that highlights the natural beauty of a superior quality material.