How the Granite Industry and its Uses Have Changed
Windsor is considered one of the major granite centers in all of Ontario and even Canada. As a result there are many granite supply and contracting companies that are advantageously centered in Windsor. The granite industry is strong in Ontario and has resulted in many long-term jobs while creating a large amount of revenue for the province. The development of the industry in Windsor and other granite centers across Ontario has led to Ontario gaining solid international reputations in the granite markets.
Granite is a high quality building stone that is naturally scratch resistant and able to withstand high stress loads. Originally, traditional granite construction uses focused more on the high load bearing characteristics by being the main component in structural design for buildings and homes such as columns, floors and in some cases walls.
The attractive colors and textures of granite have caused a decline in its use as a structural component (where it can be mostly out of sight) and its use as an interior building and accent material has increased. Granite is a luxurious building material and as such has become almost exclusively used in applications where it can be displayed proudly and as the focal point of any room.
Granite Uses Today
Granite has a reputation of being one of the most versatile and durable building materials. Rarely does a material combine beauty with durability the way that granite manages to do.
The benefits of granite include:
Available in many different colors and textures
Can be polished or unpolished resulting in many different looks and styles
Conveys high status and elegance
The most common place that we see granite is in the kitchen. Granite is a naturally porous material which is susceptible to spills which will stain unless it is properly sealed and protected. Once a sealant is applied, it provides a finish that acts as an impenetrable barrier against germs and most stains. Polished granite is a very popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops, kitchen island surfaces and table top surfaces. Polished granite offers sophisticated beauty, uncommon durability and the ability to fit into any existing décor.
The strength, impressive nature and durability of granite also make it a very popular floor tile choice. A floor that is tiled in rich granite is both exquisite and long lasting making it a great investment in style and grandeur.
Granite Care and Maintenance
After the initial sealing and finishing of granite, it does not require much else to maintain its original appearance. Sealants typically last around 10-15 years, at which point, it is wise to reseal the granite to protect your investment. Spills -- especially acidic liquids such as vinegar or lemon juice -- should be cleaned relatively quickly () using mild detergent and a cloth while the use of abrasive cleaning agents should be avoided.
By being aware of simple precautions when caring for granite, you can help ensure that your investment endures and remains as attractive as the day you bought it.