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Granite Floors – So Hard Only a Diamond Wet Saw Can Cut It

When replacing the flooring in a building, it

is important to know all of your options before settling on one type. There are

so many choices, and each has its own pros and cons. Tile has been used as a

flooring material for thousands of years, and the natural stones are still

wildly popular.

What Is Granite?

One of the most popular stones for tile is granite.

Its stately beauty speaks of quality, value, and sophistication. Granite is

mined out of quarries all over the world. It is a metamorphic rock that is

saturated with silica. The silica reacts with oxygen and forms quartz. It is an

immensely hard surface that resists staining and heat, and comes in many

vibrant color combinations. Granite is so hard that only a diamond wet saw can cut

it.

What Size Are Granite Tiles?

Granite tiles are much thinner than a typical

slab of granite, and thus more affordable. The average tiles you will find at

most suppliers are 12x12 and about 3/8 thick. They come in a wide array of

patterns, colors, and grains.

How Durable Is Granite?

Granite is very durable and resistant to

scuffing, breaking, and scratching. It is also resistant to moisture. It can be

very smooth to the touch and therefore slicker, so be cautious where you use it.

There are specially made cobblestones and rougher surfaces more appropriate for

exterior uses. It is also very heavy, and may present problems when used on

walls. As long as properly attached, you shouldn’t have too many problems.

When installing granite tiles, use a cement mortar.

Be very sure the sub-floor and backing

are level and that there are no loose particles as this can cause the granite

tiles to crack when walked upon.

Installing granite tiles in any room is sure

to increase the value of your home, making it well worth the investment.

Request free tile estimates from pre-screened contractors in your area to insure

your granite looks the best it possibly can.

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