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.
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.
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.
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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