What is it?
Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it’s formed when magma or lava cools and solidifies. It has a crystalline structure, which results in the sparkling crystals one can see in granite countertops or flooring. Depending on its makeup, granite tends to maintain pink, white, gray, or black color profiles. It is a popular construction material because it’s dense, strong, and visually appealing.
Interestingly, granite became a popular sculpture material after the invention of steam-powered cutting, because previously it was very difficult to work with. Granite is also a very popular rock climbing material because of its toughness and steepness. Half Dome, a granite rock formation in Yosemite National Park, is a world famous climbing destination. Granite not only has an interesting history, but it will add character and class to any Spring Branch home.
Granite Tile Pros
Granite tile is frequently used to finish bathrooms, or as a kitchen backsplash or countertop material. A major advantage of granite tile is its affordability. It’s a beautiful, natural stone that requires time and resources to source, process, and transport to Spring Branch homes, and therefore does tend to be pricey. Granite tiles cut down on the cost of granite dramatically, and can be a great option in place of buying granite slabs.
Granite tiles are also easy to replace. If they do happen to crack homeowners don’t need to worry about replacing an entire backsplash or countertop, which would require a great deal of money and time. Tiles offer the advantage of spot repairs.
Granite Tile Cons
Like all tiles, granite tiles are susceptible to mold and mildew build-up on grout over time. Although this isn’t something homeowners need to worry about in the short term it can become an issue over the course of many years. You can minimize build-up by spacing tiles closely together, which ensures less grout is exposed.
Granite is a porous rock meaning it’s susceptible to stains when exposed to moisture. We’d recommend that you use coasters under drinks to prevent the appearance of a ring stain and clean up right away if you do happen to spill. Many homeowners find granite’s porous nature to be a non-issue, and easily form a habit of cleaning up messes quickly and using coasters on granite tile countertop.
Here at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX we would love to help you find the right granite variety for your bathroom or kitchen. Our design experts are happy to discuss measures you can take to prevent mold and mildew build-up, as well as other tile options you might be interested in. We proudly serve the greater Spring Branch, Spring Valley, Jersey Village areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!
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