Granite is a
When it comes to granite countertops, Oakville residents
will be astonished at the full range of colour and design on offer. Dealers in building materials who specialize
in stone can supply the homeowner with virtually any colour of granite
countertop in either solid stone form, or as tiles. The possibilities for
design are as endlessly fascinating as the stone itself.
Granite is an igneous rock formed from magma. Because it is so
common, and because it forms from melted components which incorporates other
materials in the process, its colour composition is often as distinct as its
origin. Granite is found all over the world, most notably Norway, Brazil, the
US, Canada and Africa. The latter in fact is the supplier of a visually
stunning variety known as Niagara Gold!
Uses of Granite
Granite has been used as a building material for century.
The Red Pyramid of Egypt, named so because of the light crimson hue of its
exposed granite, was built around 26 Century BC. The pyramid of Giza, a
relatively youthful structure of about 2580 BC by comparison, contains a huge
granite sarcophagus made of Red Aswan granite.
The Egyptians somehow where able to incorporate the stone into carved
columns, lintels and veneer, but it is not known how they managed to work the
stone. It wasn't until the 18th century that steam-carving came into
play, developed by the Scots. Soon, tombstones made of granite were all the
rage and, thousands of years after the Giza's pharaoh, Queen Victoria ordered
up a granite sarcophagus in which she could rest in amused peace.
now used extensively in commercial buildings and monuments. In its polished
form, it has become a popular choice for kitchen countertops
of its durability and hygienic qualities. The sheer variety of granite – coming
as it does from quarries all over the world, and in every colour from blue to
black to that lovely Niagara Gold – makes it a designer's dream to ‘pick up'
both a traditional or modern kitchen.
Granite is also relatively easy to maintain. When used in kitchens
sealing is recommended every year or two. Granite is slightly porous which
means that without sealing, spills can permeate the surface and mar the
appearance. Although the surface is highly resistant to citric acids, oils and
abrasives, a sealer will protect it even more.
Sealing should be done by professionals. However, day-to-day
cleaning is easy and requires nothing more than damp mopping. Good old
fashioned soap – not detergent – is sufficient to do the trick. Products that
can dull a floor's lustre – ones that contain abrasive or ammonia based
cleaners – should be avoided as well.
Contact a Specialist
Granite is an expensive stone that more than wins back your
initial outlay with its durability and the value enhancement of your home.
However granite countertops in your Oakville home are a serious investment and
you must seek out the assistance of a professional, both to determine what kind
and colour is best for your home, and then for the installation. Look for a
family-run firm with a history of working with granite. Visit the showroom and
see how big their stock is. Then take a deep breath – and begin the process of
beautifying your home with the stone of pharaohs and queens.