Natural stone is beautiful and increases your home's value, but do you know where it comes from? With natural stone, you don't just cut a piece off and have it on your doorstep. It’s an intricate process that includes art, science, tradition and technology. If you are interested in granite slabs for sale you can learn more about how natural stone is transported below.
Over 5,000 years ago, the Egyptians discovered the Aswan quarries, which are known as the red and black granite as well as limestone. This was primarily used for structures that became historic pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Cheops.
The ancient Greeks took notes from the Egyptians, and built the Temple of Artemis. This temple had over 100 marble columns and steps. As a result, the Greeks are known to be the first to use marble in residential areas.
During the Renaissance Period, Michelangelo started the idea of adding design to marble. People were fascinated by the way it looked and began to use marble for table surfaces, thrones, public bathrooms and gardens.
Today you can find natural stone countertops, tiles, fireplaces, walls and more! It comes out of quarries from around the world and can be transformed into your new favorite piece in your home.
There are two types of quarries, open-pit and underground. Today the methods have advanced tremendously! They require less manpower and are not as dangerous as they once were. The techniques are known as; blasting, jet-burner channeling, diamond-wire saw, wedges and feathers. It’s common to use more than one method to remove a block.
Quarries can be found all over the world, from Italy, China, Spain, India, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Once the blocks of stone are cut out they will be moved to a processing plant where they will get cut into slabs. Once the slabs have been cut, they are sent through a polishing machine and it can have a variety of finishes from rough to smooth textures.
A stones size can vary, but if one is being used for countertops the most common size is 7 feet high by 7 feet wide and that would total to 490 cubic feet. To put that in perspective, it would weigh 165 pounds per cubic foot, which is over 40 tons. Yeah, that’s heavy!
To transport the blocks, holes will be put into the end of each block and a boom is used to move the block onto a truck. Then the next step is to transform it for your home.
If you have been looking for granite slabs for sale there are three different types of finishes you should consider. There is polished, honed and brushed. Polished in the most common and makes natural stone shine, honed is perfect if you want a matte look and brushed is great if you want your natural stone to look “natural.”
Once your natural stone is set in place, you are going to need a cleaning solution that does not have any harsh chemicals or solutions.
At Firenze International we have granite slabs for sale along with a wide selection of beautiful and durable natural stone! We have over 100 years of experience in this industry and would love to bring you the perfect natural stone. Contact us today!