Granite has become very popular over the last thirty years, but its history dates back much farther than that. Granite has been utilized throughout civilization by ancient cultures, and more recently, on kitchen countertops. Many are familiar with the rock, but exactly where does granite come from?

How Does Granite Form?

Where does granite come from? Simply put: the earth. Granite forms from the slow crystallization of magma that flows and solidifies underground. Comprising natural quartz and feldspar with traces of other organic materials, modern-day granite was once molten substance. Essentially, modern-day granite was once molten material. Granite usually gives off a red, pink, grey, or white color throughout the rock. Rare granites include colors like blue, green, black and gold.

Granite is considered one of the most durable natural stones. Granite is incredibly dense and is as strong as diamonds.

Where Does Granite Come From?

Granite Quarry

Granite can be found worldwide, but granite distributors source the vast majority of the world’s granite from Brazil, Italy, India and China. Each region has its respective characteristics. Brazil is recognized worldwide for its quarries that produce some of the world’s most unique granites, known as Blue Fire, named after the blue and gold color it boasts. Italian granite is internationally known for its intricate patterns and soothing colors. The more obscure the color you want, the higher you will have to pay for it. Since the color forms naturally, some colors are much rarer than others.

How Durable is Granite?

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Granite is one of the most durable natural stones. Granite is incredibly dense and is as strong as diamonds. The magmatic processes that form these rocks date back to millions of years of extreme pressure.

Granite could be considered one of the cornerstones of civilization. Ancient Egyptians would etch hieroglyphics into granite slabs. Likewise, the etchings of the ten commandments are in granite slabs. Without granite, we would have never had this documentation for us to look back on and interpret.

Here are some of the more recent iconic granite structures:

Present Day Granite

Kitchen Granite Countertop

Today, granite is the most well-known igneous rock because it is commonly sitting on top of kitchen counters and bathroom vanities. Before the 1990s, granite would usually be found in the homes of the wealthy and was out of reach to the average homeowner. Many homes still had laminate countertops, which lacked the durability and strength that granite possesses.

Importing granite is a delicate process, and, if not handled properly, the material is more susceptible to scratching or chipping. Thankfully, transportation and carrier services have made it possible to import granites from Brazil, Italy, India, and China with proper securement and enough padding. This process gives you access to some of the highest quality granite in the world.

Thanks to modern technology, granite is now mass-produced and is a mainstay in homes. Currently, the average homeowner has access to a countertop material that:

  • Adds value to your kitchen
  • Is durable and is easy to fix if it does scratch or chip
  • Resists bacteria and dirt
  • Is easy to maintain
  • Is temperature resistant (both hot and cold)

 

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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!
ANKIT PATELANKIT PATEL
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!
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