Granite is a natural stone – an igneous rock that has acquired its name due to the graining structure. The main composition of granite is quartz, mica, feldspar and amphibole minerals. Granite rocks are generally seen in gray, pink and white in colour. After the rocks are quarried they are cut into slabs and polished. Generally, granite slabs are found in 10-15 feet length and 5-8 feet width with a thickness of 10-25 mm. They are also cut into specific dimensions if required.
Granite is quite popular as a flooring material due to the various points in its favour. Granite is the hardest of natural stones and very durable (more durable than marble), so it gives good value for money. It is suitable for heavy traffic areas and can last a lifetime, provided it is cared for properly and it also adds to the value of the home. Granite has very low porosity and when sealed properly it is stain resistant, making it a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Moreover, it is heat resistant and scratch resistant as well. The beauty of granite endears it to many a home owner; the beautiful colours and patterns add to the charm. Another advantage of granite flooring is that it is bacteria resistant making it a good option for people who are prone to allergies. Granite flooring is easy to clean – sweeping and damp mopping regularly will keep it in good condition. Occasional polishing and sealing will enable to keep it in mint condition. It is an ideal flooring option for homes situated in warmer places as the stone itself is cold and feels cool underfoot.
Now, let me give you the disadvantages of granite flooring. Granite is heavy and needs professional help for installation. Unless the subflooring is leveled properly the installation cannot be perfect. Uneven subflooring would cause the granite slabs on top to crack. Moreover, the stone being heavy needs hardy subflooring to support its weight. Granite flooring is quite hard and does not have a natural give, making it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods for people with knee problems as well as for those with aches and pains in the back and lower limbs. As the stone is cold it is not considered a very good option in places with cold climates. The hardness of the stone also makes it easier for the occupants of the home to sustain injuries in case of accidental falls. Highly polished granite could be slippery as well. Agreed, granite gives good value for money – but, it is not all that cheap in comparison to some other materials. Also the limited range in colors and patterns may not be suitable for everyone.