How Is Granite Mined?
Posted - 05/07/2012
Granite countertops have been all the rage in kitchen and bath renovations in the last decade. Granite became popular in construction projects when global sourcing became feasible, making the material more affordable.
Granite mining is a capital-intensive industrial process. It requires exposing the deposit so that the reserves can be targeted using cast mining. Extraction of the deposit is accomplished through drilling and hammering until a large block is isolated from the granite deposit. Large cranes move the block from the quarry pit to a processing site where the block is cut and sliced into more manageable sizes. The granite pieces are stowed in containers for worldwide shipment. The pieces are processed further by stone fabricators who cut up the material into usable pieces before polishing, edging and finishing for the consumer market.
With granite, no two pieces are alike. Granite used to be available in black and brown only. With global sources, there are now many colors available, each slab carrying its own unique vein design. This has made it easier to incorporate granite in any design for most rooms in the home or office. With endless choices, it is wise to consult a professional granite countertops company who will be able to show samples to suit your design. These industry experts will advise you on the best use of granite in your project as well as present similar projects to give you a better idea of the finished design.