Granite is a material that is, quite literally, as old as the Earth, and is formed from liquid magma, which is the molten rock that is found at the core of the planet. It is an igneous type of rock, one which has a chemical composition that is incredibly similar to that of lava. There are various different uses for granite, but it has most extensively been used as a dimension stone and as flooring tiles in public and commercial buildings and monuments.
This is because granite is so incredibly durable and resistant, as is evident by its history, and so these qualities make it the perfect choice when you need a material that is going to last through intense wear and tear. Thus it is especially the perfect choice for something such as tiles, because granite is able to handle the traffic that is consistently present.
Types of Granite Tiles
There are various different types and sizes of granite tiles that you can choose from, with the most common size being 12 square inches. The tiles usually come in boxes of ten, although this will vary as well, and they should always be stored vertically instead of horizontally, in order to prevent any cracking or damage.
Advantages of Granite Tiles
There are many advantages that come from using granite tiles, and this includes: durable scratch-resistant surface, endless patterns and colors, uniqueness with each and every piece, lasting value because granite will last you forever, will not burn when hot pots and pans are set on it, stains can easily be removed, harbors no bacteria or radon, and can be repaired easily if it is ever scratched.
Disadvantages of Granite Tiles
However there are also a few disadvantages to granite tiles that you need to take into consideration. For instance, not only must they be sealed properly in order to prevent their porous surface from absorbing liquids and therefore staining, as with all granite, but as well the grout that is used to join the tiles during the installation process must also be properly sealed to prevent spills and leaks from getting underneath of the tiles.
This can make for a lot of extra work, and if not done properly the first time, the granite tiles will all have to be removed and reinstalled. However at the same time, due to the fact that granite tiles tend to be quite large, there are thus less grout joints required here than with other types of tile, such as ceramic.
There are a few things in particular that you will want to remember if you are buying granite countertops, one which is that it is always important to ensure that the granite tiles you purchase are specifically intended for the use that you are looking for, because there are many different thicknesses and types of granite, each which has their own design and intention of use, for instance some granite tiles are designed only for flooring or decorative wall use and not for countertops, as they have not been put under the same conditions of heat and the use of sharp objects as those tiles which are actually intended for kitchen countertops.