Surface Encounters Fortville Installer Explains the Origin of New Granite Countertops
During a showroom tour the guide tells the amazing story about the journey of new granite countertops, from the quarry to the home
Consumers who visit the Surface Encounters granite countertops showroom enjoy learning from an expert who shares information about the granite excavating and manufacturing process.
The first step to creating a new granite countertop begins with locating the product. Geologists prospect for granite by conducting core samples in the earth to locate rock formations where granite exists. Granite mines exist around the world; however the United States has a large number of granite mines. The majority of these mines are located in the eastern part of the United States.
Once they find the granite, the mining operation to extract it from the ground begins. Large excavating machines are brought to the site and a quarry is built to hold the granite blocks while miners attempt to extract the hard granite from the earth. The granite is then removed from the earth with large saws and massive drilling rigs which cut the granite into large blocks. The blocks of granite are cut and removed in a uniform shape. The uniformity in the shape of the granite is important in the cutting and transporting process of these large natural stones.
Once excavated the granite is sorted by color and transported to a processing plant where the processing begins. The granite is inspected for imperfections, such as foreign material or stress cracks. Once inspected and sorted, some will be fabricated into new granite countertops.
Granite is one of the hardest rocks extracted for construction purposes and the only type of cutting edge that will cut the hard stone is a diamond blade or a granite blade designed for cutting such a large block. Large saws designed for this processing cut the granite into long pieces of 2 to 3 inches in thickness each.
At this point the granite is ready for order to be finished into granite countertops by natural stone fabricators like Surface Encounters (http://www.halfoffgranite.com/). Customers are given the color options available and when they have selected a color an order will be placed to the processing plant for the amount of material needed.
When the granite arrives to the contractor there is still additional work to be done. The contractor must measure the counter space and cut the granite to fit the homeowner’s specifications. When the contractor has finished cutting and polishing the granite countertop it may then be installed in one’s home.
Granite countertops, once installed in one’s home, will add value to the structure and provide years and years of pleasure, but the journey the stone takes from the earth to one’s home is an arduous one. Visit http://www.granitecountertopsfortvillein.com/ to learn more.
About Surface Encounters:
Surface Encounters has over 100 years accumulated experience fabricating and installing natural stone and granite countertops. Surface Encounters state of the art machinery ensures the highest quality finished product with satisfaction guaranteed. Surface Encounters is dedicated to improving the world one granite countertop at a time. Granite countertops will last a lifetime and never go out of style.
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