Granite is a common widely occurring type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock, which is granular and crystalline in texture.
This rock consists mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. Occasionally some individual crystals (phenocrysts) are larger than the groundmass, in which case the texture is known as porphyritic. A granitic rock with a porphyritic texture is sometimes known as a porphyry. Granites can be pink to gray in color, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy. By definition, granite is an igneous rock with at least 20% quartz by volume. Granite differs from granodiorite in that at least 35% of the feldspar in granite is alkali feldspar as opposed to plagioclase; it is the alkali feldspar that gives many granites a distinctive pink color. Outcrops of granite tend to form tors and rounded massifs. Granites sometimes occur in circular depressions surrounded by a range of hills, formed by the metamorphic aureole or hornfels. Granite is usually found in the continental plates of the Earth's crust.
Granite tiles are becoming more and more popular as people begin to recognize the durability and hardness of the material. What is great about granite tiles is that they can be used in a variety of ways such as for walls, countertops, and flooring. The appeal of granite is that it is beautiful, durable, and strong all at the same time, carrying the ability to withstand high traffic and use.
The thing about granite tiles is that you must take extreme care when installing the tiles. For instance, before considering this type of tile, you should put a heavy weight on the moisture level of the area, slip resistance of the tile, and foot traffic it will receive. Particularly helping if you are a do-it-yourselfer, granite tile is very heavy, so it can be a strenuous task. Consider hiring a professional, if you have any concerns about laying the tile.
Because granite tiles are made of natures own material, you should expect to find some variations in the color. Natural materials differ from manufactured materials, because you will never find a perfect match. The variations in color creates the overall beauty and popularity of the material, giving the kitchen a host of colors, meaning more ability to mix and match your kitchen design.
Before you begin laying the granite tiles, first ensure that the area you wish to install it is even, clean, and dry. If you place the granite tiles on areas that are wet, dirty, or uneven, you may damage the overall look or even the tile itself. Maintenance and cleaning should be performed with extreme care. When you have granite tiles, make sure, if anything is ever spilled upon it, that you clean it up immediately. Leaving anything upon the granite tiles, will be cause for having to replace the tile in a short period, in addition to affecting the natural beauty and finish of the tile.
You should also avoid, when cleaning the granite tiles, using any types of harsh or acid-based agents and cleaners. After cleaning, you should also be sure to rinse the material thoroughly.
Taking extreme care of your granite tiles can protect your investment, ensure that the tiles always keep their natural beauty, and protect the finish used on the tile.
Granite tiles often come at higher price than other types of materials. However, many homeowners will gladly pay the costs to have a beautiful and very durable material for any area of their home, particularly the kitchen. The costs of granite tiles generally run from as cheap as $30 a foot to $120 a foot, depending on where you buy it, the quality of the stone, and if you need installation with it. In general, those that sell granite tiles will have different tiers of pricing level. Several things can affect the price of the tiles. For instance, fashion trends, soft minerals, thickness, patterns, veins, color, and even the country the material came from.