Granite is one of the most desirable building stones for commercial and residential projects that can be used outdoors and indoors. Granite pavers have a minimum thickness of 30mm, whereas Granite tiles have a minimum thickness of 20mm. Granite pavers’ applications include driveways, walkways, patios, stair treads, pool copings and more. Granite Tiles are used in indoor flooring, countertops, wall clads and fireplaces.
High traffic, weather fluctuation or heavy loads do not affect them if sealed. Sealing helps to block its porosity, minimising the chances of damage from moisture or stains. Granite driveways, pathways and floorings, hence last longer. Maintaining Granite floor tiles is quite simple. Washing with mild detergent and hot water is sufficient to keep Granite pavers and tiles clean. Just stay away from acids or cleaners laced with strong chemicals.
Choose dark-coloured Granite to create sophisticated spaces. Also, bold hues tend to get less dusty, which implies less frequent cleaning. Lighter-coloured stone makes your space look bigger and classier. However, the only drawback is dust or debris shows up too quickly on them. Our Granite pavers and tiles range is available in exfoliated, blasted and bush hammered finish. These finishes are suitable for both traditional and contemporary setups.
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Granite stone is an igneous rock formed of molten lava, rich in chiefly two minerals, quartz and feldspar. Granite is the most common intrusive rock in the Earth's continental crust. It is a result of magma with a high amount of silica and alkali metal oxides that slowly cool with time and solidifies underground.
2. How strong is Granite material?
Granite is one of the most durable and robust products in the natural stone family. It is majorly used for doing outside paving jobs like driveways, pathways, and landscapes where heavy footfall is anticipated. The strength of Granite lies between 6 and 7 on Mohs scale of hardness. This implies it is relatively strong.
3. How strong are Granite tiles and pavers?
After diamond, Granite is the most resilient natural stone on the planet. Granite pavers and tiles are suitable for paving driveways, pathways, and outdoor areas. They do not break easily under pressure or weight and resist extreme weather conditions. Therefore they are used in government, commercial, and residential projects.
4. What all finishes do Granite tiles and pavers come in?
Granite tiles and pavers come in a variety of finishes like exfoliated/flamed, bush hammered, honed, sandblasted, leather, etc. Stone Depot supplies Granite tiles and paves in your desired finish.
5. What are the standard sizes available in Granite tiles and pavers?
The most popular size of Granite tiles and pavers are 600x400mm, 600x300mm, 800x400mm. However, we can supply custom sizes based on your requirement.
6. What is the standard thickness of Granite tiles and pavers?
The standard thickness of a Granite tile is 20 mm. For Granite pavers, the standard thickness is 30 mm. We also supply Granite Pavers in custom thickness (50 mm/60 mm/80 mm/90 mm) as per the project requirement.
7. Can Stone Depot supply Granite tiles and pavers in custom size?
Yes absolutely! We supply Granite pavers and tiles in custom sizes according to your project specifications.
8. Is pool coping available in Granite?
Yes, pool coping in Granite is available with us. We offer Granite pool coping in Bullnose and Dropface options.
9. What all colour options are available with Stone Depot in Granite tiles and pavers?
Since it is a highly used product for different paving projects, we have a wide range of Granite tiles and pavers. From muted grey and beige to bold black and red, our Granite color assortment is endless. Connect with one of our sales representatives to explore our offerings.
10. Does Granite have high colour variation?
No, unlike other natural stones Granite does not have a high colour variation. However, a few colours do have a little variation depending on the minerals deposits in the rock.
11. Do cobblestones come in Granite?
Since ancient times, pathways, pavements and landscapes have been made with Granite cobblestones. They are among the most resilient stones that require very little maintenance. Additionally, Granite cobblestones look elegant and give a rusty character to the space.
12. Does the colour of Granite fade in the Sun?
Absolutely not! Granite tiles and pavers tend to last for 100 years if properly maintained. Even though Granite is less porous, we still recommend sealing the tiles or pavers before installation. This prevents water seepage into the pores and retains the natural colour of Granite.
13. Do Granite tiles or pavers need high maintenance?
Granite doesn't require high maintenance. Proper installation and sealing of the stone prevent damage or need for repair. You only need warm soapy water to clean Granite pavers and tiles or remove stains from them. Since the stone does not crack or break so easily, chances of maintenance get reduced to a large extent.
14. Will granite break under heavy vehicle pressure?
Granite is the hardest stone on the planet after diamond. Granite pavers withstand heavyweight and wear and tear without cracking or breaking. You only have to use the appropriate thickness and size considering the weight limit. Granite driveways or landscapes hence remain intact in spite of huge vehicle loads.
15. How much do Granite tiles and pavers cost?
The cost of Granite pavers and tiles depends on their quality, size, type of finish, and availability. Don’t forget to add the installation cost. Though Granite is low on maintenance, it requires periodic sealing which is an additional cost. As a wholesale supplier, we offer Granite at the best market price. Better quality commands a higher price. However, it is cost-effective when you order in bulk or wholesale quantities. To enquire about the cost or to know more about Granite, contact us on 1300 830 274 or write to us at [email protected]
16. Where all can Granite tiles and pavers be used?
Granite is a go-to product for all project needs. It can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. Granite pavers are commonly used across the driveway, landscapes, patio, alfresco, etc. Granite tiles can be used in indoor floors, stair treads, countertops, bathroom floor, pool copings, wall cladding etc.
17. Is granite tile or paver a suitable product for alfresco?
Granite is a sturdy and solid material. Tiles or pavers made of Granite are suitable for use in the alfresco area.
18. Can Granite tiles or pavers be used for doing a patio?
Granite tiles or pavers for doing a patio are an excellent choice. The product is durable and resilient. With great colour options, your alfresco project turns out to be amazing.
19. Can Granite tiles or pavers be used around pools and as pool coping?
Yes, Granite tiles and pavers can be used around pools and for pool coping. They have the highest slip rating and prove to be the right product choice in terms of strength.
20. Are Granite pool coppings long lasting?
Granite stone requires little maintenance and stands the test of time. Granite pool copings are strong and durable. They also offer one of the best grips. With proper installation, they can last for ages.
21. Can I use Granite tiles or pavers outdoor?
Granite is the most chosen option for outdoor spaces like driveways, patio, walkways, etc. This is because of the strength it exhibits. Granite tends to last for 100 years and can easily withstand wear and tear.
22. Can I use Granite tiles and pavers for driveways?
Ofcourse you can. Since the early ages, Granite has been the most suitable product choice in natural stone for driveways. Most of the driveways and walkways are usually done with granite pavers. Granite is among the toughest stones and can take heavy footfall with ease. We would recommend using flamed Granite for your driveway need. Granite tiles can be used in walls or decorative trims.
23. Can Granite be used for walling?
Yes, Granite can be used for walling. If properly sealed, the stone can minimise damage from water, scratches and stains. This makes it a perfect choice for interior walls. Granite does require sealing, but the process is simple and quick. It would help the stone retain its natural colour and will be damage-free for years to come.
24. Are Granite tiles or pavers a good choice for saltwater pools?
Saltwater generally has a minimal effect on Granite. It is a perfect choice for saltwater pools only if the stone is properly sealed while installing. Make sure you re-seal Granite tiles or pavers annually to prevent any damage from saltwater penetration.
25. Can Granite be used for stairs?
Staircases made out of Granite add elegance to your home. They are strong and meant to last for ages to come. The stone has a packed granular surface that gives a beautiful look and unique charm, hard to find elsewhere.
26. Can Granite tiles or pavers be put directly under the sun?
All the natural stones tend to get a little hot if put directly under the sun. You can look at lighter colour options available in Granite. Light or soft colours reflect light instead of absorbing light and do not get too hot under the sun.
27. Is Granite good for pathways?
Granite is the most suitable stone for pathways. The stone has high temperature and weather tolerance, making it perfect for pathways and walkways. It not only looks good, but it is also one of the strongest and toughest natural stones for outdoor projects.
28. Can Granite be used outdoors in colder regions?
If properly sealed, Granite can withstand extreme climate conditions, whether hot or cold. It requires re-sealing on the surface periodically. Nonetheless, it withstands freezing temperatures quite impressively. With minimal pores on its surface, there are fewer chances of water absorption and freezing. Hence Granite can be used outdoors in colder regions without worrying much.
29. Can I use Granite cobblestone for driveways?
Undoubtedly, Granite is the best option among all its counterparts to be used as cobblestone for driveways. Its density and robustness are matchless. The stone does not break under heavy loads of vehicles or pressure. Granite cobblestone driveways stand the test of time effortlessly.
30. Why to choose Granite paving over concreting?
Concrete is a cheaper option. However, if you are looking for a stone that can outlast its lifetime, Granite is the option to choose. Granite tiles or pavers, if installed properly, can withstand the harshest weather conditions and last longer with minimum maintenance.
31. Are Granite driveways better than Bluestone driveways?
Since, Bluestone is a little more porous, it requires slightly more maintenance. Granite driveways last longer and need less maintenance. Also, Granite comes in a variety of colours, giving you options to create beautiful variations. Bluestone generally comes in blue and grey shades with minimal to no colour variation. Otherwise, both the stones are durable and hard-wearing enough for driveways.
32. Do Granite tiles or pavers require sealing?
Yes, being a natural stone product, it's highly recommended to seal it. Make sure you apply sealant on all six sides of Granite before installation.
33. Can Granite tiles or pavers get stained?
Yes, being a natural stone Granite is also prone to be stained. If they are used as pool copings or in pool surrounds, you might not want to spill beverages over them. In case it happens, Granite tiles or pavers are likely to be stained. Sealing Granite is the key to avoiding the situation. Also, clean up spills immediately to prevent permanent stains.
34. What is the best way to clean Granite tile flooring?
The best way to clean Granite tile flooring is using mild dish soap and warm water. Alternatively, you can use a microfibre mop to clean the surface. Also, you can use a light pressure washer to remove dirt or debris from tiles or pavers.
35. How can you remove stains from Granite paving?
If a proper sealing process is followed during installation, there would be minimal chances of Granite getting stained. In case it happens, the best way to remove stains from Granite paving is to scrub with a mild detergent and warm water. For details, head to our blog – Maintenance and care tips for Granite Pavers.
36. How often should you seal Granite floors?
Seal the stone during the time of installation. This would help Granite to resist moisture and stains. Half of the job is done with sealing. After this, you would only need to re-seal the stone every 2-3 years or earlier, depending on the area of application and exposure to saltwater or extreme wear & tear.
37. Can vinegar damage Granite?
Too much vinegar on the surface will dull the Granite and weaken the sealer. Avoid using too much of it. For easy cleaning, warm water with mild soap solution does the job, or simply use a dry mop to clean the surface.
38. Will application of sealant darken the Granite tile?
A typical impregnating sealer is recommended for Granite tile. It does not darken the stone or change its colour. Choose your sealer wisely after discussing the same with your landscaper or tiler.
39. How many coats of sealant do Granite tiles need?
Typically, 2 coats of sealant do the job of maintaining the colour and keeping it stain-free. You must perform a water-test between the coats to check if the sealant has been applied effectively. If not, you might need another coat of sealant.
40. How do I know if my Granite floor needs to be re-sealed?
On the corner of the Granite floor pour regular tap water and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe the water with a dry cloth, see if the stone has darkened. If it has, your Granite floor needs resealing.
41. What colour grout is best for Granite floor tiles?
It is always recommended to pair light colour grout with grey granite stones and dark colour grout with dark/black granite stones. This would elevate the look of the tile and easily blend into the background.
42. Does application of sealer darken the grout?
The grout sealer might make Granite one or two shades darker but it won't change the colour of the grout.
43. How to keep the colour of the Granite floor tiles or pavers intact after years of installation?
During the time of installation make sure you seal the Granite tile or paver. After every 3-4 years time frame, re-seal the Granite to keep its natural colour intact. Resealing also makes Granite tiles and pavers not be that effected from stain and moisture damage.
44. What happens to Granite if it is not sealed?
Since Granite is a natural stone, it is a little porous. If Granite tiles or pavers are not sealed, they are likely to get stains from water or liquid spills.
45. Can I use bleach to clean Granite?
Overuse or too much bleach may cause Granite tiles to look worn out. It also causes the risk of the sealant coming off. You should avoid using abrasive scrubs. The best way to clean Granite tiles is to use warm water with mild soap. For tough stains, we recommend using baking soda and water. Regular cleaning with water helps keep its shine intact.
46. How long after sealing Granite you can use it?
Generally, after sealing Granite tiles or pavers, the surface should be left to dry for atleast 24 hours. This period will allow the sealant to cure and bond with the surface pores. In the case of Granite countertops, they can be used after 2-3 hours of sealing.
47. How to perform water-test on Granite?
Granite stones are sealed to eliminate their porosity and chances of staining or moisture damage. Water-test is the best way to check if the sealing is accurate. After the sealant has dried, pour some water. If the stone absorbs water and starts turning dark, it indicates the sealant needs to be reapplied. If this does not happen, the sealant is intact.
48. What sort of life expectancy does a Granite tile or paver have?
Granite is the most durable and hard-wearing natural stone compared to its counterparts. If properly installed and cared for, Granite tiles or pavers can easily last hundred years.
49. What is the difference between Granite and Marble?
Granite is a metamorphic igneous rock made of quartz, feldspar, silica, and mica with a packed granular surface. It is less porous and among the strongest natural stones. Marble on the other hand is a metamorphic or sedimentary rock with a smooth and veinous surface. Marble is soft, porous, and luxurious-looking stone. Though marble is also considered strong, it is not as robust as Granite.
50. How does Stone Depot maintain the quality of the Granite?
We purchase our Granite directly from the quarry owners. At Stone Depot, we always ensure purchasing an “A” grade quality of Granite at wholesale price. We then pass on this benefit to our customers by offering them our products at the most competitive market price.
51. Why is Granite so popular?
Granite is available in abundance. It is the most durable and hard natural stone that mankind knows. Projects that use Granite last for ages. Granite offers one of the best grips, making it a safe choice for poolside and outdoors. The only thing that one should keep in mind is to ensure buying an 'A' grade quality of Granite paver or tile from a trusted supplier like Stone Depot.
52. Is Granite better than Marble?
Both the stones have their strengths. Granite is tough and lasts much longer. Marble is softer and chips or breaks easily as compared to Granite. However, Marble is popular because of its better aesthetic appeal and its property of making rooms appear bigger and brighter. Granite is preferred for paving outdoor areas like driveway, patio, walkways, alfresco, or landscape. Marble is used indoors, in decorative trims or walls.
53. What all grades does Granite come in?
Like other natural stones, different grades of Granite are available in the market. Customers can choose from standard to premium quality. At Stone Depot, we supply only premium quality Granite products.
54. Are Granite tiles suitable for paving?
Granite tiles are durable and hard-wearing. Our Granite tiles come in a thickness of 20 mm, making them suitable for paving outdoor spaces like patio, alfresco, or walkway. They also can be used for indoor flooring.
55. Can Granite be used for both residential and commercial projects?
Granite can be used in both residential and commercial projects. As a matter of fact, Granite has always been a popular choice among our customers whether homeowners, builders who do commercial buildings, landscapers, or contractors. We have also supplied granite for government projects.
56. How does Granite help the environment?
One of the most eco-friendly and sustainable natural stones as a building material is Granite. One of the most known benefits is that it lasts a lifetime before needing replacement, which not only conserves resources but also saves you money. No matter which area you've installed your Granite pavers and tiles keeping them clean is a breeze; there's no need for harsh chemicals. Other than these, you can use soap and water for cleansing purposes.
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