Form and Function: How Natural Stone Becomes a Countertop
Having a natural stone countertop is literally having a slice of the planet in your home. The journey from quarry to kitchen is a transformative one, and involves several steps. In this blog, we will sum up how granite goes from a hunk of earth to a beautiful and luxurious element of interior design.
Granite is found in the continental crust, made from magma that has cooled underground. It makes up a large portion of all of the continents. In order to extract granite from the earth, a quarry, or large man-made hole is created using drills or explosives. Portions of the granite are removed from the quarry using cranes and other machinery.
From there, the granite is transported to a factory to be processed. Diamond blades are used to cut the granite into smaller slabs, and then other special tools are used to polish the slabs. The next steps are done either at the same factory, or at smaller stone fabrication companies like New Stone Age.
Once a slab is chosen by a customer, the space it is needed for is measured, and the granite is cut to fit these measurements. An edge is applied to the countertop, and it may be polished further to the desired finish and sealed. The granite is then ready to be installed, and secured using silicone caulking.
From the crust of the earth to holding up your breakfast, granite makes the journey from an unrefined rock to a polished stone surface. It can be used not only for countertops, but also for vanities, furniture, window sills, fireplace surrounds, vertical surfaces, and more.