Unveiling the Marvels of Granite: 10 Fascinating Facts

Granite countertops are one of the most versatile, financially reasonable, and in-demand products when it comes to office and home renovations. But how much do you know about granite itself? Here are ten fun facts about granite that will make you appreciate the commodity even more!

Exploring Granite’s Geological Wonders

Fact 1: Granite is a type of bedrock called igneous rock, which means it was formed from cooling lava or magma, although some scientists believe it was formed through the process of granitization without the inclusion of a silicate melt.

Fact 2: Granite is harder than gold, silver, copper, aluminum, iron, glass and steel, but not as hard as topaz, titanium, emerald, hardened steel or diamonds.

Fact 3: Eighty percent of granite is believed to have been formed in Precambrian times, which is the earliest part of the Earth’s history, starting billions of years ago.

Fact 4: Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is carved entirely out of granite. Other major sources of granite are Yosemite National Park and the Chilean Andes Mountains

Fact 5: Granite has a density of ~162 pounds per cubic foot, which is over two times denser than that exact same volume of water.

Fact 6: The highest granite mountain in the world is Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas, which is the third highest mountain in the world at almost 9,000 meters high. The only mountains taller are Mount Everest and K2.

Fact 7:  Granite is found on every single continent on Earth.

Fact 8: Granite is often defined as a “dimension stone” that can be cut into specific lengths, widths, and thicknesses. This is one reason it’s so perfect for construction, renovation, and countertops.

Fact 9: What we call granite, rock experts may give a variety of names including alkali granite, granodiorite, pegmatite, or aplite.

Fact 10: Granite varies dramatically in color due to the variety of minerals that make up the stone. With colors ranging from deep reds to gold to green to gray to black, no two slabs of granite are identical.

Embrace the Beauty and Versatility of Granite

There’s a reason that people demand granite for their commercial and residential projects. With dynamic color options, a hardness and resilience that can’t be found anywhere else, and a naturally occurring beauty, it’s the top choice for every discerning homeowner and business owner for their counter tops, tables, custom pieces, and other design options. Contact us today to find out what we can do to meet your design needs!

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Affordable Granite Concepts is a premier granite installation and fabrication company located in Altamonte Springs. We offer one of the biggest selections of granite, quartz, and natural stone to the Orlando area at our 12,000 square foot showroom. We prioritize satisfaction, quality, and timeliness. Our ultra-fast granite fabrication process for custom granite countertops takes only 3-business days. If you’re in Central Florida, you can count on us to make your vision come to life at the best price!

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Customer testimonials

Gregory DavidGregory David
23:01 12 Aug 22
Went way over and above to take great care of us with our new granite kitchen tops! Andriza worked wonderfully with us! Her installers were great and even installed my under mount sink I bought! Highly recommend this team for any granite or quartz countertops. I couldn't be more pleased with them.
Paul DouillettePaul Douillette
22:31 04 Aug 22
Recently I remodeled my entire kitchen 8/02/22. I used Affordable Concepts for all my Quartz. I must admit that at the beginning there was a communication problem that was resolved. With the help of Walter and my account executive Sylvio all problems were resolved to my satisfaction. The fabricators were all respectful, dedicated and hardworking and the results are beautiful. Thank you all.
Alex DiBartolomeoAlex DiBartolomeo
01:58 13 Apr 22
From start to finish Walter and his team were beyond helpful. Helping pick out the perfect granite to handling every aspect of the install. Installers were kind, courteous and unbelievably professional. This company understands what customer service is all about and how to go above and beyond for the customer. If you are looking to update or remodel, Affordable Granite is the best company to go with.
Chris KraemerChris Kraemer
22:11 18 Nov 21
They did a great job every step of the way! From estimating all the way through installation. Great company!
18:51 02 Oct 21
Amazing quality and customer service! Lisandra went above and beyond even for our smaller scale project! We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We will definitely be back for any future stone work we need! Thanks again!