For most discriminating homeowners, Granite countertops are a beautiful and durable choice for kitchen countertops. These amazing stone slabs might be able to withstand acid rain, but using them as countertops first requires some work. Granite countertops continue their existence at the quarry. Giant granite blocks are chipped off a mountain to be delivered to factory.
Granite bits are first weighed and then specialists drill holes to attach and set off explosive cables to break the pre-measured parts from the mountain. The large blocks are then sliced into sizes which are somewhat more manageable (about ten feet long, five feet wide and five feet high). Even the smaller blocks weigh far more than 45,000 pounds each.You can learn more at flamed granite countertops las vegas .
The blocks are then sent to factories that produce a lot of different granite products including countertops with granite.
The factory begins the job with a ‘slabbing’ operation. The granite blocks are cut into slabs using a gang-saw which can cut the bocks into pieces that are less than two inches thin. Water is sprayed continuously while the blocks are cut into slabs, so that the blades will not overheat. Creation of slabs from a large block of granite can take up to 3 days. The slabs then are polished. Twenty polishing heads are built in to polish the slabs of granite-each head finer than the previous one.
High gloss granite countertops have to pass through all twenty polishing heads while medium gloss countertops only go through the first ten polishing heads. Some slabs, most notably those used for non-slip flooring, do not undergo polishing. Those slabs are flaming. A propane flame that has a temperature of almost 2000 degrees Fahrenheit is passed over the granite slab. Water is constantly poured onto the concrete to avoid cracking.
The propane blaze allows the quarks to erupt in the granite, producing a beautiful, rugged texture.
The slabs are then cut to fit in your kitchen counter after being polished, and are carefully installed. Fixture configurations are designed to match the unique needs of your kitchen-like the sink hole and the gaps in the faucet. Contrary to what other people say granite is not transparent at all, and does thus not contain water. Not only that, but the granite countertops are stain-resistant. These countertops do not require much maintenance, because of all this. In addition to re-applying sealants every few years, regular routine cleanings using a soft soap and water are all it requires.