January 31, 2022

Granite – Where Does It Come From? How Is It Made?

The beautiful Granite Worktops that you have chosen have been on quite a journey to get into your home. In this blog we are going to look at this journey, where it is found and how it is formed.

What is Granite?

The grains are large enough to be visible on a Granite worktop due to it being a light-coloured igneous rock. It is formed by the slow crystallisation of Magma that is below the earth’s surface.

Granite is composed mainly of Quartz and Feldspar. It also has small amounts of Mics, Amphiboles and other materials. Granite can sometimes be given a red, pink, grey or white colour due to its mineral composition. It has dark mineral grains visible throughout the rock too.

Due to Granite being natural stone, it is formed from molten rock which is then cooled under pressure, it makes it incredibly hard. The exact conditions it is formed affect the type, colour and patterning of the stone. This, therefore, means that each Granite quarry produces different kinds and/or qualities of Granite.

Where does Granite come from?

Granite comes from deep within the earth. At the beginning, Granite was a molten rock, also known as Magma. This has taken millions of years to cool, harden then work its way up to the surface of the earth.

In some events such as earthquakes or tectonic plates shift, heave the Granite up to the surface. Many of these are then found in pits, or quarries, where they can be retrieved and put to use.

This is why Granite is desirable for Kitchen or bathroom Worktops due to it being an extreemly heavy material. Thanks to advances in technology, Granite is more and more accessible around the world.

How Granite is extracted

Granite is formed into slabs, then, using different methods, it is cut and extracted. These methods include mining companies who cut and extract the Granite slabs from the ground, called quarries. When the Granite is extracted, mining teams use large equipment such as extractors and cranes to dig slowly around the deposits.

When the Granite has broken free, it is moved onto trucks. They could also be processed on site depending on the mining company. Granite slabs are then polished to remove any dirt and then sent to the fabricators.


Why choose Rowe Granite Kitchen Worktops?

Rowe Granite have over 50 years of experience in supplying and installing Granite Kitchen Worktops and surfaces throughout the UK. We have a great supply of samples for you to choose from and a wide selection of Granite to choose from.

If you have any questions through our worktop journey, then please don’t hesitate to ask. Our friendly and helpful team will be able to assist you with questions about stock, design etc. Contact us now for your free no-obligation quote. We have an excellent reputation for customer service.

We also stock Quartz worktops and Marble for you to choose the right work surface for your home.

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