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Monday, August 7, 2017

This blog post is part of a series of posts on using natural stone in your space, you can read the introduction here.

Granite is one of the most popular stones on the market, the majority of which is extracted from China, India & Brazil. At the top of architects lists, it’s resistant to abrasions, durable to weathering, and extremely strong.  Most granites are great for many interior or exterior applications, including floors with heavy traffic and countertops.  The only natural stones harder than granite are diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Granite is resistant to heat, scratches, and stains. As with any stone, however, sealing is highly recommended. Granite is commonly used to face commercial and institutional buildings and monuments. It is also a good material for fireplaces, steps, terraces, and pavers for public spaces. Granite is the traditional favorite for countertop installations due to its unique colours and patterns, durability and lasting value.  

Granite tile can be stained by grout during installation - especially the lighter coloured ones.  Sealing stone and tile before grouting will make the grout clean up much easier.  At the same time, the sealer protects against oil and water based stains. MORE Surface care options: Stone Enhancer, Premium Stone Enhancer. If staining has occurred, restorative cleaning may be required to bring your existing natural stone or tile surface back to looking new. Being able to identify the problem will help you to choose the right restorative cleaning product.

A very hard and durable stone with low porosity, Granite requires a relatively high latex content bond coat. Flextile 56SR, 61 are both suitable for most Interior installations, whereas Flextile 51/44 and 58XT Fast Set two-component latex mortar systems are recommended for Exterior applications. Granite may be grouted with Flextile 600/1600 Sanded Grouts or 500 Unsanded Grouts (for joints less than 3 mm only) or ColourMax Urethane Grout. Pre-sealing or application of Grout Release is recommended to prevent staining.

Explore some of our favourite granite products below

Granite slab: Blue Bahia

Granite Slab: Negresco

Granite slab: Netuno Bordeaux

Granite slabs: Persa Avorio

Granite slab: Roma Imperiale

Granite slab: Siena Bordeaux

Find more natural stone inspiration on our Pinterest board dedicated to natural slabs and tiles