It is important for a person to truly understand how popular granite has become today in terms of its uses as an ideal building material. Granite is a volcanic rock formed over long periods of time by enormous pressure and heat. Once extracted from the various quarries, the granite is polished to create a smooth surface.
There are two key basic characteristics to note when learning about granite pavers. First, granite has an obvious crystalline look that creates a rare beautiful effect to the eye, and secondly, its various natural attributes enable the use of granite in both residential and commercial buildings all over the world.
The use of granite for constructing walkways, patios or pool coping is a perfectly good choice for its ability to create an aesthetically pleasing effect to the person who chooses to use it. It is this feature of granite material that has enticed many people to use it in wall and floor foundations.
Granite Pavers and their Range of Colors:
Granite pavers are used in the construction of walkways, patios, gardens and pool coping. They come in a huge variety of colors that it is quite impossible not to find the desired color of choice.
The four most common colors used for granite paving include black, yellow, rose, and gray. However, the broader color spectrum consists of hundreds of different colors to choose from. Some of these colors include counter white, majestic mauve, chateau le Rouge, classic crimson, maple red, etc.
The three essential element minerals of granite (feldspar, quartz, and mica) differ in proportions when extracted from the quarry. The difference in proportions of these elements influences the color, texture, and structural characteristics of granite. This is important when choosing the type and color of granite for your specific needs.
Types of Granite Finishes:
Polished, Honed, Diamond 8, Thermal Diamond 10
POLISHED: The polished finish creates a shiny gloss to the granite in which color and gemstone stands-out.
HONED: Unlike a polished finish, the honed finished brings out the complete color of the stone, without a shiny mirror-glass finish.
DIAMOND 8: A honed finish, with the additional removal of stones in the granite that tend to leave a misty exterior look. This type of finish is generally adapted to darker granite colors.
THERMAL: By applying a high-temperature flame to the stone’s surface, a rough finish is created through a process in which the flames rupture crystals on the outer face. This type of finish is most suitable for walkways due to its high skid-resistant element.
DIAMOND 10: A thermal finish with a high-pressured water-jet treatment in which color and appearance of the granite is boosted. Such a finish is once again recommended for darker granite surfaces.
Black Basalt - Honed
The Effect of a Quarry on Granite Colors and Prices
As the excavation of granite continues from different parts of the world, the color variations of granite will continue. There could be some quarries that produce granites with rare colors while other quarries produce decorative granites.
As with any type of commodity, the price of granite is also influenced by the law of supply and demand.
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