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Basic Information on Maine Granite

Granite Uses & Benefits

Granite is a common material for building in both interior and exterior settings. It has been used outdoors to construct bridges, monuments, and buildings. Indoors it is ideal for floors, stair treads, fireplace mantles, hearths, and countertops. Outdoors, it is perfect for steps, statuaries, posts, walkways, walls, and more.

Granite is a common type of igneous rock with a coarse to medium texture and is at least 20% composed of quartz. The primary reason so many people use it to build with besides the many different colors available is due to its hardness and durability. Since it is found worldwide, granite’s available color palettes include black, white, green, blue, grey, red, pink, and brown, along with other possible shades. Every piece of granite is unique with its color blending.

Granite steps and various structures are common for many homes. They may be included when purchasing the house or used to replace the existing stairs and walkways during an exterior renovation project. When used for walkways in the yard, granite is usually polished and smoothed out until it has a modern and clean appearance. The walkway is measured, a design picked, and a slab of the material is cut to size.

When used for exterior steps, typically in the front of a home or business, granite gives off an elegant appearance. It is shiny and stands out when compared to some other building materials. In an outdoor setting, one of the areas where granite is becoming more common is with monuments and statuaries.

Marble used to be the chosen material. The two can now be used together to create statues, animals, basins, fountains, lanterns, and centerpieces. Also, some more popular items are granite benches and tables in various sizes.

There are a few different reasons it has become popular as a material for building projects. It is versatile. It can be cut, molded, and finished in various styles to suit the environment.

Since it is so hard, it is also resistant to most scratches that can occur with softer materials. It’s a high-quality material for pavers. It can withstand heavy foot traffic without showing wear in both the short and long term.

Granite is a high-quality building material. It is spreading in popularity as it becomes more affordable and people see its potential. Laying pavers down, installing steps, or installing posts can make exterior surroundings completely different without draining the budget for renovations.

Granville Stone & Hearth, located in Holden, Maine, can help you choose the perfect granite piece for your project. Don’t put it off until tomorrow! Contact us today.

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