ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Granite, for the perfect finish to your home

Updated on September 16, 2014

Granite is by far one of the most popular forms of naturally occurring stone to be used in architectural construction and interior decoration around the world. Its coarse, granular structure and massive crystalline form makes it an obvious choice for parts of your home that need strong, hard, reliable surfaces and a sturdy, unshakeable foundation.

The Rock For Your Fortress

Granite melts at only very high temperatures (1215-1260 degrees Celsius) and has very high density. It has incredibly compressive strength, making it an ideal choice for construction of all kinds. In fact, Granite is an igneous rock, which means that it is moulded from the magma that spews from volcanoes during eruptions. In case you have forgotten your Geography lessons, igneous rocks are older, and far stronger than the relatively recent layers of sedimentary rock that lie on atop the earth’s bed. No wonder kings and emperors from as far back as the 11th century have been using this basement rock to construct their towering monuments and temples.

Chinese granite
Chinese granite

To this day, granite’s popularity as construction material is unparalleled – It is used pervasively as a dimension stone to tile the floors in public buildings and halls around the world. In fact, the city of Aberdeen in Scotland is the built almost entirely from granite sourced locally, and known aptly as the Granite City.

Move Over, Marble!

In fact, with acid rain becoming an increasing reality in all parts of the world, granite is slowly gaining ground over marble as the preferred choice for homes and buildings, as it is far more resistant to the eroding power of acid than the ubiquitous marble.

China’s gift

One of the most popular forms of construction granite is the Golden Yellow granite. This is by far the most oft used form of the crystalline rock, usually sourced from the country of China. It can be used for a variety of purposes, and is an ideal choice for interiors – be it your kitchen, your bathroom, living room or patio – practically any part of your home. If you are designing your modular kitchen, this will sit pretty on your countertop. You can also choose them to tile your walls and floors. You can also use them outdoors: for instance, they are a durable choice for palisades and can be used to pave your porch or line your kerbstone.

Brazilian beauty

Another attractive option among granite types is the Santa Cecilia variety. Also known as St Cecilia, Giallo Santa Cecilia or Amarello Santa Cecilia, this stone is sourced from the South American nation of Brazil. This is popular mostly because of its color and natural beauty. It has a speckled pattern that is dotted with black, gold and brown which make it look stunning and much in demand. Santa Cecilia granite is immensely versatile too for any kind of construction use – whether it is your kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, the portico or your floors. The light yellow color with honey and burgundy bursts makes it an attractive choice for interiors, adding warmth and color to your living space.

© 2013 Juana


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)