Granite.. Some Interesting Facts

We are often asked “what is the difference between Granite and Quartz wortops”. Well this mini blog (Part 1 of 2 Interesting Facts) highlights some of the lesser known, but interesting facts about Granite.

INTERESTING GRANITE FACTS

  • Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or grey in colour, depending on their mineralogy.
  • The Granite worktops you may be thinking of installing have taken over 4 BILLION years to form. Thats a mighty long time – from molten magma cooled deep within the earths crust to kitchen worktops, no wonder they last so long!
  • By definition, granite is an igneous rock with at least 20% quartz and up to 65% alkali feldspar by volume. (By comparison Quartz worktops contain 93% crushed quartz)
  • The word “granite” comes from the Latin granum, a grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of the rock.
  • The classic look of the Granite Worktop, which gives the visual appearance of salt and pepper, comes from a light background that is populated with darker crystals
  • Generally the colour of granite is determined by the minerals present. Likewise the colour of the granite is also dictated by the speed at which the magma has cooled.
  • Granite is currently known to exist only on Earth, where it forms a major part of the continental crust.
  • Granite is a very versatile material, used not only for kitchen for worktops. It is used in many areas of commercial buildings as a construction stone, as well as gravestones and memorials. For many years, granite memorials became a major status symbol in Victorian Britain.
  • Aberdeen in Scotland is known as The Granite City because it’s built from local granite.
  • Granite is one of the rocks most prized by climbers, for its steepness, soundness, crack systems, and friction.

Wonder what interesting facts Quartz worktops have to reveal, read Part 2 now Quartz – Some Interesting Facts

If you are interested in having granite worktops and would like to learn more about the colours available, do not hesitate to call Donna on 01565 300065 or email us at enquiries@cheshiregraniteworktops.co.uk

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