## Basic Things You should Know about Granite Stone

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Granite stone is one of the oldest, most durable, most respected and architect’s favourite building material. It is a natural stone that people have used for building and monument purposes for thousands of decades. Granite stone one of the hardest materials on earth. It is long lasting, durable, and available in a variety of colours and textures.

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Granite used as a building material in the form of tiles and slabs and is a modular element for flooring, internal and external cladding, steps, sills, etc., in houses, offices, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, temples and other public buildings. It is also used as kitchen countertop, wall dados, tabletop, sill and jamb of door-window as well as door-window frame, etc. It is also used in the monuments. If polished, granite will resist scratching and etching, making it an ideal choice for your kitchen. This natural stone is also beautiful in foyers, bathrooms, or libraries. For an artistic appearance, pair it with other natural stone.

###### Granite Steps
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###### Granite Slab
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Granite stone is a light coloured igneous rock. It is made up of several different minerals like quartz, feldspar and mica. Granite stone made from cooling magma in the earth. After it has been quarried, it will be cut into thinner pieces which are known as a granite slab.

###### Red Coloured Granite
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Granite stone comes in a variety of styles and colours. Its aesthetic properties mainly depend on where it was mined and the minerals that it has. The colours include many basic colours like black, brown, white, grey, etc.

Apart from its long life, granite has different properties like scratch and heat resistance, non-porous, bacteria resistant, etc. Granite is very strong and the hardest materials, you can use in your home. It comes second after diamond in terms of toughness and hardness. It is non-porous in nature as compared to marble stones and thus scratch resistant and also does not absorb liquids earlier and hence does not stain like marble. Granite stone contains pits and fissures, but these do not reduce its strength. In fact, these imperfections make granite even more natural and beautiful. When polished, it is very smooth and hence very easy to clean.

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Granite stone is easy to maintain. It does not require special equipment or specific products to keep the surface clean. In fact, all you need to do is wash it with a soft towel and some dish soap. If you want to maintain the beauty of granite surfaces, you need to clean them and treat them with care.

Granite stone is one of the most environmentally friendly materials for use in the home. It lasts a lifetime without needing replacement. Not only does its save natural resources, it saves you money as well. As it is a natural material, it does not eat up natural resources and also does not require any extra energy consumption unlike vitrified tiles or other synthetic floors or materials. Thus it is also considered as a green material.

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