granite tile samples in GilbertGranite has been used in architecture for thousands of years; it was even used in Ancient Egypt. Today, it is a popular tile choice for homeowners in Gilbert, because of the beauty and value it adds to their homes. Read on to learn more about this tile from the experts at Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert.

About Granite Tile

The term “granite” is derived from the Latin word “granum,” which means “grain” or “seed.” This naming refers to the course-grained structure of granite. In geology, granite is identified as an intrusive, igneous rock. This means it forms from slow-cooling magma deep below the earth’s surface. Because of the slow cooling process, minerals can solidify at different temperatures, thus creating the large grains that are visible to the naked eye.

Granite tile comes in a wide range of colors, including white, gray, blue, and purple. The texture also varies with some tiles being a solid color while others have a mottled appearance. Because of this variation, granite can fit a wide range of designs. Choose from polished finishes that reflect light, or honed options with a matte surface.

Using Granite In Your Home

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Besides its stunning appearance, granite is also incredibly durable—being resistant to both scratching and cracking. This makes it an excellent flooring choice for high traffic areas, but granite can also be used on counters and walls. Choosing an application for this versatile tile ultimately depends on personal preference. However, keep in mind that granite requires higher maintenance than other tile options such as ceramic or porcelain.

It is important that granite tile is sealed properly during installation. Additionally, since it is a porous stone, we recommend resealing every two years to prevent staining and damage. When cleaning, use pH-neutral cleaning solutions or more specifically use products that are recommended for granite. Also, avoid abrasive cleansers, which can wear away at the protective coating.

Your Local Tile Experts

If you are considering upgrading your home with granite tile, call the team at Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert and schedule a complimentary, in-home estimate. Our design associates are happy to help you find the best product for your Gilbert home.

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