Granite, an igneous rock, makes up 70-80 percent of the Earth’s crust. It is formed deep underground from cooling lava or magma. Most mountain ranges are made up of large portions of granite. This stone type is also perfect for your home and garden. Keep reading to learn why you should choose granite.
Granite has a high density of about 162 pounds per cubic foot. That’s more than two times heavier than the same volume of water. Granite’s density makes it one of the hardest substances in the world, second only to diamonds. Granite is perfect for outdoor spaces because it stands up to wear and tear from extreme weather.
Granite varies in color due to the variety of minerals that make up the stone. Depending on these minerals, the color can vary from bright blue to deep red to black. Plus, since granite is a natural stone, no two pieces are identical.
Granite is a popular choice for countertops, but it can be used in many other ways, too. Outdoor sculptures and fountains carved from granite will stand up to extreme weather changes without having to be covered up or stored indoors in the winter. Granite is also a great option for kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs and fireplace surrounds.
Are you interested in adding granite pieces to your home? Check out our online ideas gallery to get inspired for your design.