Granite Tile, Floor Coverings International Columbia EastGranite has long been a popular building material in Columbia. It’s a favorite for countertops, floors and other interior design elements. Whether slab or tile, the beauty and versatility of granite make it a solid option that will stand the test of time both in terms of style and durability.

Granite Tile: How It’s Made

Granite tiles can lend a sleek, modern style to kitchens and bathrooms, with an appearance akin to marble, but considerably more affordable. The most common method for producing granite tiles involves taking a large section of the stone and slicing it into layers. The surface is then polished for a nice, glossy finish, and the layer is cut apart into smaller squares to form tiles.

While tiles work great for flooring applications. Slab granite, or a single piece of stone, is popular for countertops. It has a more uniform look and is easy to clean without the grout lines. The benefits of slab also come with a higher price tag, however. For granite countertops or other slab surfaces, a section will usually be cut to perfectly fit the area.

The Look and Durability of Granite

Granite is a type of stone, but that doesn’t mean that your tiles need to be a dull gray. Granite is available in a wide range of natural colors and patterns. Granite itself is comprised of a number of materials forming a single body of stone. This usually includes a considerable amount of quartz, which gives granite the glassy twinkle it’s known for, with pieces of cut quartz shimmering underneath the polished surface.

“Granite” is only a few letters away from “gravel,” so we tend to assume that a granite tile is a bit like cork flooring or particleboard, mixed together with cement and then cut into sections. In truth, granite forms naturally. A granite tile is not a brittle piece of cement and rocks. It is a solid stone that has been formed by the earth over millions of years. In other words, it’s incredibly durable, which has made it a popular building material for generations.

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful, modern appearance with true black granite countertops, or a classic style with pink or light gray tiles for the kitchen or bathroom, granite slab and tile can be a surprisingly versatile, affordable and durable material for flooring, countertops, walls, and other interior design applications.

If you are ready to learn more about granite or other natural stone tile options, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East. We’ll bring all the options to you with a free in-home design consultation in the Columbia area to help you find the perfect tile for your next project.

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