Granite Slabs – Toronto and Area
adds beauty and value to your home. Today's homeowners are discovering the many advantages of using natural and engineered stone slabs for countertops, fireplace surrounds, bathroom vanities, tub surrounds, wall accents, flooring, and more. Granite is particularly appealing; the natural elegance of granite gives any room a luxurious feel. And because each piece of stone is one-of-a-kind, using granite makes your home décor unique.
Advantages of Granite
Durability. Granite has been used for centuries in building. Some of Egypt's pyramids were constructed using granite bricks, for example, and Aberdeen, Scotland is known as "Granite City” because so many of the buildings are made of the stone. Granite is incredibly durable. A granite accent in your home will last a lifetime.
Beauty. The main reason that granite is in demand is its attractiveness. Polished granite catches the light in a manner that makes it seem almost luminous. And because there are hundreds of different types of granite, it comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, from silvery-white to deep black, and a complete range of shades between.
Heat Resistance. Granite is an igneous rock, which means that it can withstand high temperatures. Most countertops can be damaged if a hot pot or utensil is accidentally set down on them -- with granite this is not a problem. As well, the naturally cool temperature of a granite countertop is a perfect surface for rolling out pastry.
Ease of Cleaning. Granite requires very little maintenance, and cleaning is simple. Most spills can be wiped up with a damp cloth followed by buffing with a dry cloth to maintain shine. Stains are uncommon, but can generally be removed with a commercial cleanser or a paste made of baking soda and water.
Water Resistance. Granite is perfect for the kitchen or bathroom floor or counter because a properly sealed granite surface repels water. The stone is also resistant to bacteria.
Affordability. You may be surprised to learn that quality granite is comparable in price to other premium countertop and materials.
Traditional vs. Exotic Granite
There are many different types of granite;
be sure that you investigate all of the various possibilities. Toronto has some of the finest stone importers and distributors in the world. Independent importers often offer the best stone, chosen carefully from quarries in Italy, Brazil, Spain, and India.
Once you've chosen a reputable importer with a large inventory, be sure to visit their showroom to look at entire granite slabs,
rather than choosing from a small sample. Stone has natural variations, and you want to ensure that your granite will have a consistent colour and grain.
Traditonal granite colours and styles include shades of black, brown, and cream. More exotic variations feature dramatic patterns and graining, as well as colours such as blue, gold, and burgundy. Most will be available in both two-centimetre and three-centimetre thicknesses. Better stone specialists will be able to tell you about the various dos and don'ts of granite installation and care.
Visit a stone showroom today -- grace your home with the natural beauty of granite!