Granite is an igneous rock formed from cooling magma. Granite is quarried throughout the world,
with colors and patterns that indicate the region and the geological conditions that created it.
Each granite slab is unique, with random and inconsistent patterns providing such a beautiful and
Granite has been used for thousands of years by architects and engineers in prestigious buildings such as palaces, churches and stately homes. It is the building material chosen when it needs to last a long time, look beautiful, keep its appearance without deterioration or maintenance.
Granite is very attractive, practical and hygienic (it is easily sterilised) - an ideal choice for
worktops. Features of granite include: it's tough, it has a glassy finish when polished which is
very durable and will last for many years, it's waterproof, highly scratch resistant, heat resistant,
keeps its colour and wipes clean easily.
Granite, which is crystalline in its structure, always has tiny pits spaces between the various mineral crystals. You don't see them on a larger piece because the overall appearance is polished and mirror-like. Granite sometimes has natural fissures as well, which may look like cracks, but are not structural defects and are a naturally occurring result of the immense heat and pressure which formed the granite eons ago. These characteristics are part of the natural beauty of stone and will not impair the function or durability of the material.
A product of nature cannot be expected to look manmade.
Today, granite has very many applications in the commercial and domestic world including: tiles, wall cladding, flooring, countertops, kitchen worktops and splashbacks, bathroom surfaces, pub bar tops, restaurant tables and counters, laboratory benches, fire places, waterfalls, planters, headstones and gravestones.
The main difference between granite and marble is that granite is a highly dense material composed deep inside the earths core while marble is formed from sediments under the seabed. Both solidify into stone after millions of years but the mineral composition of the two stones makes marble and granite react differently to various chemicals and household cleaners.
Natural stone is just that, natural. It is created from rock formations deep in the earth and consists
primarily of quartz. Granite is cut from a mountain and polished to a fine shine and cut to fit your
countertop. Each piece varies in color, pattern and can have natural fissures. Since each piece is
unique we recommend that you pick out the pieces you would like to use from one of our distributors.
This will insure that you get the look that you desire.
Since the stone is porous it will need to be sealed to maintain the shine and protect the stone from stains. Unlike natural stone manufactured stone is consistent in color and pattern, each piece is identical. Most manufactured stones come with a warranty and care guide.
No, Granite fabrication is a specialized trade that requires extensive training and practice in
order to produce high-quality results - not to mention the expensive diamond tooling and equipment.
City Granite employs fabricators and installers with years of training and experience. Granite is
very heavy, so safe handling is another concern that you need not worry about when buying from City Granite.
Mistakes are inevitable with DIY projects, and when working with natural stone, small errors can be VERY costly - you can easily exceed the cost of our installed prices with just one small slip-up or miscalculation. When you choose City Granite, you are guaranteed professional results from the initial design through fabrication and final installation.
No. Engineered Products are comprised of 95% quartz. The rest is basically dyes and binding agents.
They are manufactured into slabs at a plant.
CaesarStone high-tech quartz surfaces, has exceptional qualities that make it the ideal material for kitchen surfaces and bathroom vanity tops, areas that demand ease of maintenance enduring quality and good looks. CaesarStone possesses the following distinctive characteristics:
Comparative tests have proven CaesarStone superior to other surfaces including natural stone. CaesarStone
withstands exposure to tea, coffee, wine, vinegar, lemon juice, and most coloured spices, in fact, just
about anything found in a typical kitchen or bathroom. Just wipe and the surface is like new again.
This space age product is stronger than granite and is available in a variety of modern, vibrant colours, allowing you complete decorating freedom.