One of the best materials for
kitchen and bathroom countertops, walls and floors, is granite slab. Beautiful
and durable, this natural stone adds value and elegance to any home. In Texas,
there are many suppliers of granite slab. Unfortunately, many of the stone
suppliers in Texas have their products on display in outdoor yards, and shopping
in the heat, humidity and wind can be both exhausting and uncomfortable.
Looking at stone in the dust or the hot sun can also distort the color or
appearance of the slab. The best way to shop for natural stone slab is to find
a premier stone supplier that offers a more reasonable shopping experience. Omni Surfaces
, for example, maintains a 50,000 square foot showroom that’s
both well-lit and fully air-conditioned. This type of venue allows you to find
the perfect piece of granite comfortably, and on your own time. But before you
shop for your ideal granite countertop, it’s good to know some basic facts.
So What is Granite?
Granite is an igneous rock that
forms when magma cools slowly beneath the earth’s surface. It features large, visible
crystals of quartz, feldspar and mica along with other minerals that give it
color, patterning and texture. It’s quarried in virtually every country in the
world, and with a "7” rating on the Mohs
, it’s one of the hardest and
most durable substances on Earth.
Throughout history, granite has
been used for monuments and great architectural works. Since the 1980s, technological
advances in extracting and processing have made quarrying more efficient, which
has led to greater accessibility and affordability of this luxury stone. The
stone is quarried, processed and then shipped to suppliers. Better suppliers
also pre-seal the stone. A common slab size is 8ft x 5ft with a thickness of
After you choose the slab you
want, the supplier will sell it to the fabricator of your choice, who will
shape it for your project, apply the finish and the edging
that you select, and install it.
With proper care, your granite surface
will stay beautiful. It’s heat-resistant, scratch-resistant and
stain-resistant. You can clean your stone surface with a damp cloth or use mild
stone cleaner if necessary. Periodically, you may need to reseal your granite
surface; this is a simple process that usually takes less than an hour and
helps to keep the integrity of the stone.
The Beauty of Granite
Granite is available in a
staggering array of colors and patterns. You can select a cream colored granite
with subtle gold flecks or a tan granite with slight grey speckles; these
neutral shades of stone will coordinate with any type of interior design or
décor. Or you might want to choose a granite countertop that will be a featured
element of design. A deep red exotic granite from Brazil with bold patterning
or a multi-striated purple and pink amethyst granite from Sweden could become a
stunning centerpiece for your kitchen.
Find an indoor, air-conditioned
Texas showroom near you and explore the advantages of granite slab countertops,
floors, walls, fireplaces, and design accents. Add beauty, value and durability
to your home!