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Don't Take Granite for Granted

It takes a long time for granite to make it this far. You already know that granite is beautiful, and that it's available in a stunning array of colors and patterns to match nearly every decor. It has remained one of the most popular kitchen and bath countertops in America for years because of its timeless good looks, but that's only part of why this stone is a smart choice for your home. If you're in the market for new countertops, here's the rest of the story on this high-demand, durable stone:

Granite slabs in large granite aframe

The Oldest Igneous Rock for Your New Renovation Did you know that granite is oldest igneous rock on Earth? It's true. Granite has been used in construction for thousands of years, but it's a lot older than that. The Dynamic Earth explains that this igneous rock was formed hundreds of millions of years ago. That's a long time to wait for a countertop, but it's worth the wait. Granite Has its Place in Popular History Your new kitchen or bathroom might be newsworthy, but some fixtures are a little more famous. For example, some parts of the pyramids in Egypt are granite, and so is Mount Rushmore, and the base of the Statue of Liberty, as are the Georgia Guidestones in Elbert Country, Georgia and the Amazonian Stonehenge in Brazil. Speaking of Georgia, its Stone Mountain has been dubbed as "the largest exposed piece of granite in the world" with a circumference of five miles at its base. Throughout the years, 7,645,700 cubic feet of granite have bee removed from the mountain. This is equal to one-foot-long paving stones stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole (12,444 miles). It's Found Around the World Ever wonder why there are so many different varieties of granite? It's pink or it's brown, there's black and there's gray, with a myriad of color combinations and patterns. That's partly because there's no single mine and no one part of the world where it's found in its natural state. Granite is made from three different minerals - Feldspar, quartz and mica. It's one of the most common igneous rocks on Earth. Just a few of the locations where granite hails from include the U.S., Spain, Brazil, Norway and India. One Mineral Mainly Determines the Color While you're looking at granite slabs and trying to choose the perfect color and pattern, you can thank feldspar for the range of choices. Mica doesn't have a tremendous amount of color variations. Quartz has a little more, but feldspar is the wild card. That's where your countertops get their pinks, reds, greens, and even some of the whites. The type of feldspar in your granite slab, and the amount that it contains, give you the wide range of choices.

Georgia's answer to Stonehenge is its guidestones.

Granite is the rock star of kitchen and bathroom renovations. It looks great, gives you lots of choices, cleans up easily, and lasts for millions of years and counting. And if you've wondered about radon, you really shouldn't. Every natural stone has traces. But according to the experts at radon.com you're about 100 times more likely to be at risk by planting flowers in soil in your yard. When you choose granite, you're definitely in good company with some of the greatest monuments and works of art in the world. What more could you want in a countertop? Ready to get started on your kitchen or bathroom countertop project? Request a free design consultation today.

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