Granite is an igneous rock, which means that it is formed through a solidification of magma or lava. Granite formations are commonly found in areas that have volcanic activity. As such, this highly sought after stone is usually imported to this country for our use as a magnificent finish in our homes. Ottawa consumers count on suppliers of granite in Ottawa to import fabulous pieces with which we adorn our homes and buildings. Granite importers and suppliers, such as Interstone Ottawa, have built trusted relationships with the exporters and the fabricators they deal with. The process of getting granite in your home could start in a faraway place you may never get a chance to visit. Interstone Ottawa can bring that distant feel home to you for your enjoyment.
Where Does Granite Come From
Granite is formed beneath the earth’s crust. A formation of feldspar, quartz, and mica makes up this extremely hard natural stone. Other minerals involved in the rock’s formation give it the brilliant colours and patterns that make every piece unique. Massive rock formations are mined in quarries. Those rocks are processed in fabrication plants to make it a suitable size before it is shipped out. Granite has been around for thousands of years. It comes in a wide variety of colours with infinite designs. There are no two slabs that will be identical due to the natural formation process of this amazingly beautiful rock. Interstone imports gorgeous slabs from around the world.
To make a slab of granite in to a granite counter top, it has to be fabricated. Specially trained and certified fabricators know exactly how to cut and finish the slab to make it fit your project space with minimal seams. The professional fabricators’ specialized tools and skills make the installation fee worthwhile. Cutting granite takes time and patience, and of course can get very messy. If you happen to make a mistake there is no way to erase it. Leave this part of the process to the experts to take care of this for you. Searching “Ottawa Granite Fabricators” can help you find the right fabricator for your needs. Also you should ask family, friends, and neighbors who they went with, did they like them, and why. We sell slabs to most of the fabricators here in Ottawa.
The installation of your granite countertops is also a task better left to the pros. Granite typically weighs approximately 6 kg per 6.5 square cm. This means that an average countertop of 3 cm thickness and 2.5 meters’ length will weigh at least 68 kg. This task should not be taken on alone. Having the right tools will ensure that the job is done correctly. The most important step in the installation of granite countertops is ensuring the correct measurements have been taken. Since most counters are longer than the average slab length, it may be necessary to have seams. Seams should be carefully planned to occur in an area of the cabinet where there will be a lot of support for the joining pieces. This is crucial as if the seams are left with inadequate support, over time they can separate, and one side could lift higher than the other leaving your counters uneven, and unattractive.