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What Geanite Is Used For


Granite is one of the most durable rocks there is.  It is really the most durable stone used in many cases like artistic and architectural applications, including outdoor sculpture. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) defined Granite as a "visibly granular, igneous rock generally ranging in color from pink to light or dark grey, and consisting mostly of quartz and feldspars, accompanied by one or more dark minerals".  This definition points out that "some dark granular igneous rocks, though not properly granite, are included in the definition."


Granite is used in many cases such as Antiquity like the Red Pyramid of Egypt (c.26th century BC), named for the light crimson hue of its exposed granite surfaces, is the third largest of Egyptian pyramids. Menkaure's Pyramid, likely dating to the same era, was constructed of limestone and granite blocks. The Great Pyramid of Giza (c.2580 BC) contains a huge granite sarcophagus fashioned of "Red Aswan Granite". For other uses we can name modern use like sculpture and memorials that we mentioned it above, for example, Life-size elephant and other creatures carved in granite, 7-9th century A.D.; Mahabalipuram, India. Then we can name jewelry, buildings, engineering and so on. Actually in buildings Granite can be used almost everywhere due to its high resistance, such as:
• Kitchen countertops
• Bathroom vanity units
• Coffee and dining tables
• Wall cladding
• Flooring
• Breakfast bars
• Bar countertops
• Shower trays
• Bath surrounds
• Garden furniture
• Stair cases
"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable for your condition, you unfasten yourself from what you really want, and all that is left is an agreement."
Other uses of granite rock can be summarized in countertops in kitchen, backsplash, building stone, tiles, granite paving stone, granite facing stone, granite memorial, granite curbing, granite monument and granite slabs. Now an example for each one of them can clarify your imaginations and best fit to your choices of using it.

Use Granite as a Building Material(that is to say for construction or creation material)

Granite is one of the most popular building materials known. It has been used since thousands of years ago in both interior and exterior applications. Granite dimension stone is used in buildings, bridges, paving, monuments and many other exterior projects. Indoors, polished granite slabs and tiles are used in countertops, tile floors, stair treads and many other design elements. Granite is a prestige material which can be used in projects to produce impressions of elegance and quality. Some interesting uses of granite are shown here.
For countertops: One of the most familiar uses of granite all over the world is in kitchen countertops.
For backsplashes: In addition to solid slab countertops, granite tiles can be used to create a beautiful and colorful and durable work station that gives energy.

For building stones:

Granite blocks for construction can be used unsmooth on all sides or finished on one or more sides. A combination of rough and finished granite surfaces would produce an elegant appearance. Rough-cut blocks are the least expensive and provide a rugged appearance. Finishing the blocks in buildings is expensive but yields a more refined appearance and you can enjoy it when finalized.
For paving stones: Granite paving stones or "pavers" makes a colorful and interesting way of paving a driveway or patio. The beauty of natural stone, combined with expert craftsmanship and design can produce a unique and lasting result. In the past granite blocks were often used to pave city streets. All the same, concrete and asphalt have replaced most of this work because of the lower material and construction cost.

For facing stone:

In large construction projects granite can be used in two different ways: 1) as a structural element, and 2) as decorative facing or veneer. Both of these are shown in the Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River at Washington, D.C., visible immediately in this bridge the water line in it, is the large rectangular granite blocks that were used in the piers of the bridge. The blocks are a structural use of granite. If you note to the pictures of the bridge in the internet or closely, you find that the visible surface of the bridge above the piers is covered with a thin veneer of facing stone to provide an attractive appearance.

For memorials:

Granite is the stone that most often used as a grave marker in the United States and many other countries. It is a durable, attractive material, especially when polished. Granite is also the rock type most often associated with "permanence" and long lasting features. This psychological association increases the appeal of granite as a memorial stone.
For monuments: The granite stone does not need to be quarried to be used. For instance, we can name Mount Rushmore; a granite monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota that is a tribute to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln that is carved directly into the mountain.

For slabs:

Projects begin with an idea and a rough piece of rock. If you have read this far you are definitely interested in granite. A trip to a local stone yard might inspire you to enrich your surroundings with some interesting granite features, then sit and enjoy the beauty and attractiveness of it.
And finally for memorials and sculptures: n some areas granite is used for gravestones and memorials. Granite is a hard stone and requires skill to carve by hand. Until the early 18th century, in the Western world, granite could only be carved by hand tools with really poor results.
After all mount Rushmore is granite! Granite makes the best sculptures which are placed outdoors. In the home, slabs are cut, ground and polished to become work surfaces, floor tiles and flagstones. Granite is very expensive as the labor necessary to work the stone is great compared to other types of stone.
Rajaraja Chola I of the Chola Dynasty in South India built the world's first temple entirely of granite in the 11th century AD in Tanjore, India. The Brihadeeswarar temple Brihadeeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built in 1010. The massive Gopuram (ornate, upper section of shrine) is believed to have a mass of around 81 tones. It was the tallest temple in south India.
A key breakthrough was the invention of steam-powered cutting and dressing tools by Alexander MacDonald of Aberdeen, inspired by viewing ancient Egyptian granite carvings. In 1832 the first polished tombstone of Aberdeen granite to be erected in an English graveyard was installed at Kensal Green cemetery. It caused a sensation in the London monumental trade and for some years all polished granite ordered came from McDonalds