Homeowners in the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD areas invest in granite tile to add value and beauty to their homes. Granite has been used in architecture for thousands of years. Today it has many uses including art, architecture, and even engineering. Granite is undoubtedly an impressive stone, but is it the best choice for your home? Floor Coverings International Howard County is here to help you make that decision. Read on to learn more about granite tile.
What Is Granite?
In geology, granite is classified as an igneous rock. This means it is formed from cooled magma. Igneous rocks can be formed in two ways: through fast cooling or through slow cooling. If magma is cooled very quickly, it will form a natural glass. But if it is cooled slowly, the different minerals in the magma will solidify separately resulting in a coarse-grained rock. Granite is one of these slow-cooling rocks, which is why its grains are visible to the naked eye.
In geology, granite rocks are defined as having a high concentration of quartz and feldspar minerals. But in the tile industry, the term “granite” is more general. Granite and stones similar to granite are all grouped under the “granite” name. These granite tiles come in a variety of colors including white, gray, blue, and purple. They are often speckled or have veins of contrasting color, though some are a more continuous hue.
Uses of Granite Tile
Granite is a very popular option for countertops because of its durability. This makes it a great choice for flooring in high traffic areas. Granite comes in two finishes: polished or honed. Polished provides a very elegant and formal look, and honed has a more natural look and feel.
With good maintenance you can expect your granite to last for decades. Granite is a porous rock, so it is important that it is sealed properly during installation and then maintained properly to avoid staining and damage. Use pH-balanced cleaning products, and avoid abrasive cleansers. Reseal your granite every two years, and polish a couple times per year to keep your granite sparkling.
Call the Experts
If you are interested in installing granite tile in your Columbia home, call Floor Coverings International Howard County and schedule your free in-home estimate. We proudly serve the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD areas. Using our mobile showroom, we will bring granite tile samples straight to your home.
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