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Granite

Next to diamond, sapphire, and ruby, granite is the hardest natural product on earth. Once polished, natural granite will maintain its high gloss virtually forever. Normal use of kitchen knives, cutlery, and cookware leaves no scratches. Heat has almost no effect on natural granite, making it much safer than synthetic surfaces with polyesters and resins.

Granites usually are classified as igneous rocks obtained from molten masses or magmas. There is evidence that the origin of some granites may be attributed to regional metamorphism or pre-existing rocks. Rearrangement and re-crystallization taking place without a liquid or molten stage.

granite medallionGranite is classified in (3) different groups:

Fine Grain : Fine grain granites are those in which the feldspar crystals average about 1/16 to 1/8″ in diameter.

Medium Grain : In the medium grain granites the feldspar crystals average about 1/4″ in diameter.

Coarse Grain : The feldspar crystals, in course grain granites average 1/2″ and greater in diameter or several centimeters in maximum dimension.medallion entryway

Granite is used widely for kitchen countertops (in slab form). For a fraction of the cost you can have granite tile installed on your countertops and, with the proper grout color, it will be nearly identical. Granite tile on your countertop is a sensible alternative which will balance style and cost.  Granite tiles are also used often as fireplace surrounds.

At Tile Art we can also create a one-of-a-kind medallion for your entryway or fireplace to create a truly unique piece of art. All of our medallions are created from regular square tile and hand-cut to the desired pattern. We only create each design once so yours will be truly unique.