What is granite ?

“Granite is a magmatic stone mostly composed of quartz and feldspath and accessorily of mica, which when shaped and polished may be used in ornementation.”

Granite is a stone of great beauty and versatility that is highly resistant to wear and extreme heat. Furthermore, its polished finish provides a natural barrier against stains and spills. It is the perfect material to fabricate kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace mantels, bath surrounds, shower bases and other decorative or functional furniture. It may be used indoors as well as outdoors since sunlight will not alter its appearance.

ORIGIN

The granites we use come from :

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Italy
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Norway

THICKNESS

Slabs are 30mm (1 1/4″) thick with a tolerance of ± 1 to 3mm.

 

dalle 30mm

Granite weighs 18 lbs per square foot.

BLOCK DIMENSIONS

Slabs average between 55″ to 82″ (wide) x 104″ to 133″ (long) depending on the size of the blocks quarried.

 

blocs carriere

SLAB DIMENSIONS

Slab dimensions may vary according to the colour and lot number.

 

A row a granite slabs at a sales center.

NATURAL STONE CHARACTERISTICS

Granite is and remains a natural stone with unique characteristics. It is normal to encounter certain forms of visual imperfections on occasion. Some granites may have : dark spots of various shapes or sizes, streaks, pinholes or micro-seams. These are all natural occurrences. The incidence may vary according to the type of granite, and may be more or less visible depending on the global lighting, but none of these affect the quality or the durability of the granite. These are simply distinctive marks for those who appreciate natural beauty.

These are a few examples of the type of visual markings on certain granites.

VEIN

veine

SPOT

pomme

MICRO-SEAM

microfissure

INCLUSION

inclusion