Granite Good for Pharaohs, Grantite Great for Burllington Homes
Granite has long been a favourite with builders. The
pharaohs recognized its enduring strength and, in fact, The Red Pyramid was
named for its crimson hue. Ancient temples in India also used granite and its
use became widespread in Britain as it moved into the industrial age. At that
time new steam-cutting techniques made granite popular for interior use as
well, particularly as flooring. Even the dead preferred granite. Queen Victoria
chose to be buried under a granite sarcophagus at her royal home of Frogmore.
Today, the lustre of granite has transferred from those regal beginnings to the
use of granite in Burlington homes.
Granite also has huge appeal for countertops
vanities, backsplashes and fire hearths. There is nothing that says you've
arrived better than granite flooring in your hallway – and no more durable way
to protect your high-traffic areas.
Granite Slabs and Tiles
Both granite slabs and tiles are used in kitchens and both
have their own advantages. There is perhaps nothing more majestic than a large
piece of uncut granite. It is unique, with ribbons of colour, crossed by
fascinating striations and speckles. It is tough, durable, and hygienic and
lends an air of worthiness to the kitchen.
Granite slabs are one of a kind and the patterns on them cannot be
matched but, if you are concerned with a uniform appearance, it may not be
suitable for your needs.
Strength, beauty and versatility come together in granite tiles
. Made from a
blend of materials, granite tiles are hard to differentiate from solid slabs.
They can come in a variety of colours, patterns and styles. They're less costly
than the slabs but they are also stain, scratch and burn resistant. Their
biggest advantage over the slabs is that they are easier to install, and can be
mixed to create a design.
Both the tiles and larger pieces offer solid protection
against damage, and are especially welcome in high-traffic areas. It is not for
nothing that Toronto's Bloor Street has recently taken a giant step,
transforming itself with durable granite walks. The wide stone pieces add
upscale lustre to what residents like to call ‘The Mink Mile' and have easily
weathered their first winters.
Inside or out – granite looks good, and wears well.
Cleaning Your Granite
Sand, grit and dirt can damage natural surfaces because they
are abrasives. But protecting your granite flooring is very simple. Cleaning
requires an old fashioned dust mop, with broom and wet mopping as needed. Your
retailer can recommend special cleaners for stone floors but generally cleaning
it with soap (not detergent) is fine. Again, stay away from abrasive cleaners
or ones with an ammonia base; they will dull the floor's sheen.
Countertops should be sealed. The sealing will make the
surface less porous, more stain resistant and further protect the stone's
original beauty. Professional help is advised for this infrequent task, as well
as checking the grouting, if you go the route of granite tiles. In the case of
both countertops and flooring, professional installation
Choosing granite for your Burlington home will provide a
return on your investment both physically and astatically!