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
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
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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