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(HomeGarden247.com, July 12, 2012 ) Danville, IN -- Granite countertops are one of the more trendy items one can have installed in the home. Whether building a new home or remodeling an existing home granite countertops provide a look of prestige and elegance. While most appreciate the appearance of granite countertops, few people know where granite comes from or how it finds its way to the kitchen or bath.
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The first step to creating a beautiful granite countertop begins with finding quality granite. Geologists prospect for granite by conducting core samples in the earth to locate rock formations where granite exists. Granite mines exist around the world and 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.
After locating the granite, the mining operation to extract the granite 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 the granite is excavated and taken to the quarry, it is sorted by color and transported to a processing plant. At the processing plant the granite blocks which will become elegant countertops are again sorted for imperfections, such as foreign material or stress cracks. Once inspected the granite is prepared for processing.
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 new kitchen countertops by 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 a home, will add value to the property and provide years and years of pleasure, but the journey the stone takes from the earth to the home is an arduous one.
Surface Encounters is improving the world one surface at a time; their customers include homeowners, architects, interior designers, kitchen/bath retailers, builders, designers, mill working companies and cabinet companies. Visit http://www.granitecountertopsdanville.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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