What is granite?
Granite is a tough, durable rock composed primarily of three different minerals. These minerals are easy to see due to their different colors. The white mineral grains found in granite are feldspar. It is the most abundant mineral found in granite. The light gray, glass-like grains are quartz, and the black, flake-like grains are biotite or black mica.
Granite and marble. How are they different?
Marble is simply limestone that has been compressed and/or heated deep within the earth’s crust. Unlike granite, marble was never molten rock, but it may have been heated and squeezed enough for the limestone grains to bend and flow. Marble is also made up of only one mineral — calcite — a relatively soft mineral with a hardness of “3″. Calcite is a common mineral — all limestones and nearly all seashells are made of it, but it does not occur in granite. Because marble is made entirely of calcite, it is much softer than granite.
How was Elberton granite formed?
Elberton granite began 325 million years ago as a large, hot (1300 degrees to 1400 degrees Farenheit) mass of magma or molten rock. This magma originated when some of the earth’s crust melted — probably at a depth of about 11-12 miles. The magma rose upward and came to rest about nine miles beneath Elberton. There it cooled very slowly — taking more than a million years — and solidified into granite. That was more than 300 million years ago.
Since then, the granite has been pushed upward, and the land above it has been removed by erosion. The result is a granite deposit that lies just beneath the earth’s surface where it can be easily, safely and economically quarried.
How much granite is in the Elberton area?
EGA QUALITY REPORT:
The Stone Industry recognizes granite as one of the hardest of all natural stones. Elberton Granite has been a stone of choice for public and private memorials as well as countless commercial uses for almost 100 years. In 1969 the Elberton Granite Association contracted with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to run a blind test on samples of Elberton Granite as well as a few samples from other areas. The tests were done to determine the physical and mineral properties of Elberton Granite and how it compares with other granites. The results of these tests have been shared with the industry for decades.
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At United Granite we listen to our customer’s needs, provide professional and technical assistance, start and finish every job, on yime and on budget, deliver superb craftsmanship and treat employees with respect. We work to provide you with service you won’t find at the large home centers and prices that are competitive! Our business grows by happy customers referring us to their friends and family. We will not stop short of having every customer a satisfied customer ready to give us a referral! We can turn your kitchen into a masterpiece of form and functionality. Our manufacturing facility and professional installation services allow us to custom build countertops to fit any kitchen or bathroom. Whether you’re looking to upgrade kitchen counters to granite countertops, remodel a bath vanity, or design other unique solid surface applications. We offer the finest quality work at competitive prices.
The Process — How to get new countertops from United Granite:
1. Get a FREE Estimate
To get a cost estimate of your new countertops, use our EZ quote online or if you have a layout drawing with measurements, you can bring that in to our showroom or FAX it to us at (314) 534-0033, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Select your Material
Either using our web site or by visiting our showroom, select which material you wish to use for your countertops. We have samples of all of our Level 1, 2 and 3 colors. Full slabs of our Level 1,2 and 3 granite inventory are also available for viewing in our slab yard.
3. Sign a Sales Order
Once you have selected your material and decided on which options you desire, we require a signed Sales Order to put you on our calendar. We usually have a 1-2 week backlog of work, often longer during the summer construction season. In other words, from the time you sign up until we can actually start the work can be 1-2 weeks, so plan ahead.
On the specified Template date, our experienced countertop fabricators will come out to your location and create an exact “template” of your countertop to ensure the best possible fit. You will need to be all ready by this date – existing countertops, if any, will need to be completely removed – all new sinks, cooktops, and other appliances should be on-site for templates and accurate measurements.
5. Installation & Completion
We will install your new countertop on the specified Install date, which is normally 5-7 days after the Template date. During our walk through, we will explain proper care and maintenance of your new countertops.