Granite is a popular choice with San Antonio homeowners due to its extreme durability. It is available in large slabs (typically for use in counters) and in smaller, individual tiles (which may be used in both counters and flooring).
While granite can be a bit pricey, we at Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio think its natural beauty and toughness are hard to beat in the tile category. If you’re considering granite tile for your floors, here are a few things to know before you buy.
What is Granite?
Granite is a natural stone that is produced by the slow cooling and crystallization of magma in the earth’s crust. Granite, one of the hardest substances on earth, is an igneous rock made up of a variety of minerals like quartz and feldspar. These minerals produce the sparkly streaks often seen in granite.
Considerations when Choosing Granite Tile
- Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, each with its own unique natural design. This is part of what makes granite so beautiful and impressive.
- Granite is virtually impervious to dents and cracks from everyday use. It also handles drastic temperatures well, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor installation.
- Regular cleaning and maintenance is important to preserving the look of your granite floors. If a spill occurs, try to wipe it up with a damp mop as soon as possible. Regular sealing is also advisable, particularly if your granite is coming into contact with a lot of water (like in a kitchen or bathroom). Because granite is porous, water and acidic substances can etch the surface and dull its usual shine.
- Granite and other natural stone options are on the pricier end of tile flooring. In addition, the cost of resealing your granite can add up over time. Though granite may not be the right choice for homeowners on a strict budget, it can be a considered a good value for its long-lasting durability and exceptional beauty.
Ready to choose the right granite tile for your San Antonio home? Give Floor Coverings International of Northwest San Antonio a call – we’ll bring our full selection of product samples to you!
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