Granite has been a popular building material for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. The durability and classic style of granite makes it a great option for any Southlake home. Learn more about the pros and cons of granite tile in this article, and contact our team at Floor Coverings International Southlake for a free in-home design consultation when you are ready to get started!
What is Granite Tile?
Granite is an igneous rock formed under high heat and pressure. Unlike layered sedimentary rocks, like slate or travertine, it has a crystalline structure and is made of at least 20 percent quartz, which gives it the characteristic flecks of sparkle that many homeowners love.
Granite is commonly used as a building material, including countertops, backsplashes, flooring, and more. Homeowners have the option of slab granite, which is one seamless piece of stone, or granite tile. Slab granite is particularly popular for countertops, but can be quite costly. With granite tile, homeowners are able to get the look they love at a more affordable price.
Pros and Cons of Granite
Granite is extremely strong and durable, which is why it’s so commonly used on counters. It is heat and scratch resistant and, when properly sealed, it is resistant to water and stains as well. Unlike many natural stones, granite is not acid-soluble, meaning it is also much more resistant to acidic substances like vinegar and orange juice.
Every slab of granite is unique, and the stone is available in a wide variety of colors, from light pink tones to dark grey. Granite is also relatively easy to care for. It should be sealed every year or two, but it can be cleaned on a regular basis with a soft cloth and warm water. If you have granite tile, place the tiles close together to minimize grout lines, and consider tinted grout to achieve a more seamless look.
Because granite is so tough, it can be difficult to cut and install. Granite tiles can also be hard to match since every slab is so unique. If you need to repair granite tile, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to find a match. Keep additional tiles from the same order on hand in case repairs are ever necessary. Granite can also be costly, but granite tiles cut the expense considerably. If price is a concern, you can also consider granite-look materials at a fraction of the cost.
Our team at Floor Coverings International Southlake is ready to help you find the perfect granite tile for your Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Grapevine area home. Contact us for a free in-home estimate today!
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