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Do You Know Where Granite Countertops Come From?

July 22, 2020

Before a stone countertop becomes part of your kitchen, it starts its journey across the world deep in our planet. Granite rock forms the base of all land continents on earth so that it can be mined from anywhere across the globe. The majority of the world's granite countertops are quarried in Brazil, Italy, India, and China, with each region having its specific characteristics.

Before a stone countertop becomes part of your kitchen, it starts its journey across the world deep in our planet. Granite rock forms the base of all land continents on earth so that it can be mined from anywhere across the globe. The majority of the world's granite countertops are quarried in Brazil, Italy, India, and China, with each region having its specific characteristics.

As an igneous rock, granite is found in the mountains where some locations produce a higher quality stone – making the rock in those areas perfect for kitchen countertops. Since granite was once molten lava coexisting with other minerals, it's this combination that produces a wide range of colors. These mineral compositions give the rock a red, pink, grey, or white color with dark mineral grains visible throughout. There are also many other types of extraordinary granites that include colors like blue, green, black, and gold.

When mining granite, explosives are used to carve out large chunks from the quarry walls. Diamond saws cut the granite down for easier movement, and then into slabs. Even smaller sections of granite are cumbersome; a 10-foot by 5-foot piece that is 1 inch thick will weigh about 750 pounds. After a basic polish is applied, the granite slabs are ready to go out to the showrooms.

We encourage you to stop by our stone yard on Logan Street, where you can browse and choose one of these beautiful and unique slices of our earth's crust to make a part of your home. Please call our office at 502-315-5110 to reach one of our team members and make an appointment.

 

 

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