No pun intended, however, the origin of granite is something we take for granted. This beautiful, sturdy rock, that so many Missouri and Kansas customers choose to customize their home with, comes from some pretty incredible beginnings.
Formed beneath the earth’s surface, this natural stone takes millions of years to form through certain types of volcanic activity. As magma spews from the volcano, it slowly cools and combines with other minerals to create a “crystal appearance.” These compressed minerals combine with internal forces to create patterns that are so exquisite and unique that no two pieces of granite are alike.
Granite takes up to 30 days to extract from its original location. The process of extraction is very complex because of the goal to remove the stone while not causing any damage to the existing area. Starting with an outlined section of rock, measuring 99-feet long by 29-feet high and 23-feet wide, a flame is used to burn long narrow channels to separate the sides from one another. Holes, 23 feet deep, are drilled along the backside and bottom if this enormous piece. Explosives are then placed into the holes, after which an explosion is set off and the section becomes detached. Using drills, pegs, plates and wedges, the section is cut down to a “block” 10-feet long, 5-feet wide and 5-feet deep. Each block weighs 45,000 pounds.
The blocks are then transported to a location where they are cut into slabs. Cutting a slab takes about three days. Each slab is checked for fissures and other surface issues as resin is applied.
The result of all this is three types of granite finishes: highly processed, honed and flamed.
Highly processed granite creates a shiny surface that reflects light, attracts more attention to the stone and, because of its sturdy finish, repels stains.
A honed granite surface has a duller, matte finish. The stone is smooth and makes for a great working surface.
Flamed granite is exposed to the highest of all the temperatures. This high heat causes the stone’s grains to rupture, which causes color changes. The result of this type of finish is a rougher stone texture with a more natural, faded appearance.
Granite exists in nearly every region of the earth. Currently, Brazil is one of the largest producers, along with China Italy, Spain, India and Africa.
Depending on the region the granite originates from, the color differs, based on the type of minerals located under the ground. This is good news to Missouri and Kansas customers who desire to create a unique, custom look for their kitchen.
For more information on which countertop works best for you, contact Gaumats International today at 816-847-8228.