It’s hard to turn on any home improvement show and not hear about granite countertops. They are definitely one of the biggest interior decorating trends of the last decade, and for good reason too; granite countertops are long lasting, easy to install, and beautiful in any home. But how does that granite get from the ground to your kitchen or bathroom? In today’s blog post we are going to be looking at just that.
Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it is formed by magma or lava cooling. Granite is also an intrusive rock, meaning that it forms underground. Because of how it is formed, single viens of granite are almost always massive. Many mountain ranges, like the Sierra Nevadas, are mainly made up of granite intrusions that have been pushed to the surface. This makes granite not just popular among home improvers, but also with rock climbers. These granite intrusions also lack any internal formations, making the rock hard and dense – which is one of the reasons why it makes great countertops. Because of how granite forms, significant amounts of silica are inside and that’s what gives granite that sparkle. The granite also forms close to the surface of Earth’s crust, making it easier to remove than other rocks.
You might be asking yourself how the granite is removed from the ground. The simple answer? Explosions. Blast engineers plan out how big of a chunk of granite they need and drill small holes in an outline. Next, they carefully plant explosives in those holes. The explosions don’t completely separate the block from the ground, though; it just provides enough of a gap for chisels to be used. Once the blocks have been removed from the ground, they are loaded onto trucks and sent to stone cutting facilities. There, the large block are cut into slabs that are usually about 3cm thick. Technological improvements like diamond blades and more powerful saws have allowed the granite industry – which dates back to Ancient Egypt – to become cheaper and more efficient, a key reason granite is available in more homes and apartments these days.
Once the granite is in sheets, they are polished and treated. After that, they are ready for people to buy for their homes! Once a customer picks out a slab, installers cut it to the sizes needed, and attach it to the cabinets using silicone. The silicone, interestingly enough, contains the same elements that give granite that silica sparkle we mentioned earlier.
Cabinet Barn carries the best granite countertops Pensacola has to offer and was even featured on HGTV’s Beach Flip. If you are looking for more information about granite countertops or want to have them installed in your home, you can call Cabinet Barn at 850-458-6252 or visit their website, www.thecabinetbarnfl.com.