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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.

Granite Slabs

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.

Granite Slab Applications

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 Other Materials

When examining the benefits of using granite slabs in comparison to other stone materials available in the marketplace, there are numerous considerations;
  • Granite 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 scratching.
  • It has a high heat resistance.
  • It works well both indoors and outdoors.
  • Resealing 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 complexion.
Consider choosing a granite slab as your natural stone of choice for your next renovation project. Contact a GTA distributor today to get an estimate.