Granite Slab in the GTA
What constitutes a quality granite slab in the GTA? What are the factors to consider when buying
granite and the applications that it can be used for? What are the general measurements of a slab
when buying your chosen selection of granite?
Does the colouring of a sample slab change depending on the size of
granite being purchased? If you want to
learn about granite slab uses for GTA homes then the following will address
these questions and ask why granite is a popular choice in comparison to other
stone-based materials for household or commercial use.
The composition of granite is an igneous rock formation that
is composed of potassium feldspar, plagioclase feldspar, and quartz; differing
amounts of muscovite, biotite, and hornblende-type amphiboles. This particular mix of minerals makes granite
a very tough and durable substance while also maintaining an attractive surface
complexion and composition. Granite has
been a popular material used throughout human history and more recently has
been adapted for use in modern buildings for both internal and external uses. Its use in the arts world for sculpture
should also be noted as it is a favoured material for its versatility and
beauty. A granite slab is usually
referred to as material that has been cut from mined granite rock and roughly
measures between three quarters of an inch thickness to one and a half inch
thick. The reason for cutting granite
into slabs is to make the material both easier to work with and transport. On average, the length and width of granite
slabs are 112 inches long and 65 inches wide.
These slabs can weigh up to 12.8 lbs per square foot for three quarters
of an inch thickness and up to 18 lbs per square foot for the thicker one and a
half inch slab. When shopping for
granite slabs, always inspect the full slab based on the colour and pattern you
have chosen from a smaller sample size to make sure there is no extreme
variance in the design or colour.
Because of the size and weight of these slabs of granite, there is a
high risk of injury involved with them and only professional and trusted
fabricators should be employed to work and fashion them to the client’s needs.
The main applications for granite slabs are usually in
residential or commercial construction due to the durable nature of this
naturally-occurring stone material. Its
physical appearance can vary due to the mix of melded minerals that exist
within it (quartz, feldspar, biotite mica and amphibole) and can come in
various hues, shades and tones. Because
of its dense nature, granite lends itself a pleasing shiny and glossy complexion
and is less prone to liquid staining over time even though it is a porous
material. To reduce liquid damage, it is
recommended that fissures in granite slabs should be sealed using either a
resin with hydro-repellent or a resin with epoxy, as both of these techniques
will extend the life of the slab. The
popular applications for granite slabs in residential construction are
generally kitchen countertops and flooring but it can be adapted for use in any
number of residential areas due to its versatility.
Granite Slabs Versus
When examining the benefits of using granite slabs in
comparison to other stone materials available in the marketplace, there are
is exceptionally durable and strong and rated a 6 on the MOHS scale of hardness.
- It is
highly resistant to acidic foods and less prone to staining and
- It has a
high heat resistance.
- It works
well both indoors and outdoors.
need only take place once every two years depending on use.
- It is extremely
pleasing to the eye due to the patterns and designs that are its natural
Consider choosing a granite slab as your natural stone of
choice for your next renovation project. Contact a GTA distributor today to get