A very hard, crystalline, igneous rock. Composed mainly of quartz with other minerals such as feldspar, iron, gneiss and other natural materials that give the varieties their unique color and patterns.
Granite comes from many countries around the world such as Brazil, India, Africa, Spain, as well as Canada and the USA.
The hardness of granite makes for an ideal countertop surface. Granite is nearly impossible to scratch. While some man made surfaces can scratch and become damaged under hot cookware, granite is extremely heat resistant.
Granite is not only one of the most bacteria resistant surfaces available it is typically not affected by citric acid, coffee or alcohol. It will not typically stain under normal use and proper maintenance. Use of a stone sealer on an annual basis is recommended.
Because if it’s strength and durability granite is also ideal for exterior applications such as grill tops.
Commercially it is well suited for wall cladding, paving and curbing.
We stock over 75 varieties of granite in our warehouse for full slab viewing. Please call for an appointment to visit our facility.
The following is useful information when selecting granite for your kitchen countertops:
Granite being a product of nature is subject to a range of variation in color and grain movement. The production of granite slabs begins when a block of stone is cut from a particular area of a quarry. The block is then cut into unpolished slabs. The slabs are then sent through a polishing line that utilizes diamond pads to bring out the color that Nature has given a particular stone. A typical block will yield 30 – 40 slabs. The slabs are marked so they remain in sequence as they are polished.
When viewing material at Phillipsburg Marble Company you will be looking at the current lot of material that will be used in fabricating your countertops.