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What Is Granite?

What is granite?

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Granite is a natural and widely occurring rock and mineral formation. To define what is granite it is a type of igneous rock formed from magma. Its name Igneous signifies that its formation takes place at the cooling of volcanic material close to the Earth surface. Granite can be found in large quantities in different textures. Sometimes, some individual crystals that are larger than the groundmass come together to form a particular rock type called porphyry.  

 Granite can be found in different colour shades ranging from light colours to dark colours (pink, dark, grey or black). The chemistry and mineral content of the rock accounts for the colour varieties.  Because of its strength and high durability, it is of high demand for use in so many products, ranging from gravestones; to kitchen worktops. Granite can withstand weather elements because of its strength, but yet can easily be cut and carved into any desirable shape and size. Granite, with so many useful applications has become an indispensable household product. 

To define what is granite you also need to take into consideration regional variations. There are different classification's schemes of Granite such as: regional classification has French Scheme, British Scheme, and American Scheme. These varied classification schemes are as a result of the contentious origin of this rock. Different classification scheme defines this gem stone by different means. However, the generally accepted classification which classifies the rock based on genesis or origin is the ‘alphabet-soup’ classification.

Because of its known rough and tough properties, long lasting quality and resistance to power, Granite has become famous and the next to diamond in strength. This is the reason it is used extensively in today’s kitchen. Cutting Granite can be achieved with a diamond stone or with the same stone. They are majorly found in neutral or dark colors. These have made it sought after for kitchen decoration. Kitchen worktops add monetary value to homes, bars, restaurants and offices. Granite stone has become the people’s choice for residential and commercial properties. They are highly rated than its counterparts because; 

• Granite can retain its value after a long time

• Granite has heat resistance properties

• Its surface when not in use is cool and as such can be used for the preparation of bakery items

• requires less time for cleaning because cleaning is easy (minimum maintenance required)

• Granite comes in variety of colours and textures

• does not change color after a very long time

• Because of its durability, Granite does not allow scratches nor cracks

• It is generally waterproof

The glamour provided by Granite products does not only end in the kitchen but also in bathrooms and any other place that needs hard work surface finishing. Using this stone for your surface finishing will not only increase the value of the building but will also make your living space useful. Granite is also useful in flooring and walling, building blocks, and paving stone.

Granite can be said to be a simple rock, but its uses are nothing in the range of simplicity. Adding to the above-mentioned uses, Granite is celebrated among climbers because of its strength and valued by caterers because of the beauty in using Granite plates for serving. In all, this stone is truly a multi-purpose stone. Now, when asked what is granite, your knowledge is as good as a first term geology students! 

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