Granite is a fairly common type of igneous rock that has a granular and phaneritic texture and nature. Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or gray in color, depending on the minerals present or their “mineralogy”. The word “granite” comes from the Latin granum, which means a grain, in reference to the granular structure of such a completely crystalline rock. Strictly speaking, granite is an igneous rock which has in between 20% and 60% quartz by volume.
Its structure is crystalline in nature, and tiles made from granite are very thick and strong. Granite tile strength is almost the same as that of a porcelain tile. Granite is an ideal option for kitchen countertops in India, and using granite tiles instead of solid granite can also save you lots of money and is the preferred option. With a granite countertop, you don’t have to worry about damaging the surface with knives or cookware.
Granite flooring or tiles is majorly used in areas where there is high footfall or traffic as this is a dense and strong tile. The granite glitter comes from the bond of quartz crystals present and the feldspar. Granite floors are highly resistant to spills or stains and scratches. It’s good resistance comes from the fact that granite is formed by cooling after previously being treated to extreme pressure conditions.
Granite comes in many different styles. Customers often want tile flooring that matches their homes’ existing décor and look. That means choosing tiles that come in specific colors and styles which will blend in perfectly.
Granite comes in a wide range of colors and patterns because it’s made during natural volcanic processes which puts it through a variety of minerals and temperatures. The most available colors include white, black, beige, brown, blue, and red and different shades of each.
In apartment complexes, granite is traditionally used in the common areas and as a kitchen countertop due to its ease to maintain and strong resistance to scratches and abuse.