What is Granite?
The word granite comes from the latin word ‘GRANUM’, a grain, in reference to the coarse grained structure of such a crystalline rock.
Granite is an igneous rock which is formed when molton magma slowly cools. Granite contains grains which are made up of quartz, feldspar and mica. Granite can range is colour from pink/white through to dark grey/black, depending on their origin, chemistry and mineralogy.
Granite is second only to diamond in hardness. It is for this reason that it has widespread uses as a construction stone, as well as for more domestic uses like tiles, wall cladding, flooring and of course, worktops.
Despite being fairly common throughout the world, the areas with the most commercial granite quarries are located in Spain, Brazil, India, Finland, Norway, Angola & Zimbabwe.
Granite is extracted from quarries in the form of a ‘block’. It is done use diamond wire cables and long drill holes to get the block free from the mountain side. These blocks can weigh in excess of 20 tons. From here the block is cut into slabs ( similar to slicing a loaf of bread! ).
Each slab is polished to bring out the beauty of its colours and features and is then labelled up with the corresponding slabs from the same block. The slabs are then be shipped across the world ready for manufacturers like us to transform them into beautiful kitchen worktops.