Granite Countertops

Granite is one of the hardest rocks that there is. Not only does granite add elegance to a home, it is extremely durable, easy to maintain and will remain brilliant for decades with proper maintenance. Most Granite is only 90%-95% stain resistant, so the odds of it staining are very unlikely. Although we still do recommend you seal you granite countertops every 2-4 years as an extra precaution.

Granite is a natural stone that took Mother Nature millions of years to create. Granite is an igneous rock made up of silica, quartz and feldspar. It is formed by the cooling volcanic magma. Magma, the molten rock on which the Earth's continents float, is actually composed of different molten elements. The different pressures and temperatures that are found deep within the earth is what harden granite.

Geological prospecting is used to find places where granite exists. There are granite quarries all over the world. Many of the stones we supply are quarried from Brazil, India, Italy and Canada. Granite is formed ov­er millions of years from compressed molten rock under the Earth's surface.

When the granite has been found in the earth, a quarry is made around it to help extract it from the earth. The main ways that granite is removed from the earth is through sawing, drilling and blasting. The blocks of granite are extracted in a uniform shape so that each block is roughly the same size. Each block can weigh an average of 50,000 pounds.

Once the blocks have been quarried, they are shipped to different manufacturers around the world.  From there these blocks are cut into slabs. Since granite is one of the hardest rocks, the only thing that can cut granite is either diamond cutters or a saw made of granite itself.  The process of cutting granite into slabs is simular to a loaf of bread being be cut into slices. Granite blocks can be cut into an average of 120 slabs at a time. The slabs are usually cut between 2cm and 3cm thick. The average time frame to cut a single block is 3-4 days.

Once the rough slabs have been cut they get fed thought a large bed polishers. The bed polishers have 7-10 different diamond grits that move back and forth on the granite to create a smooth finish. Once the first polish is complete the slabs get flooded in resin and put into a large vacuum machine. This machine helps pull the resin through the stone. At this point the slabs are put into a 50 tier bake oven where they can be baked for up to 8 hours. Once the granite come out of the oven it goes through the polish stage again. The resin that is baked into the stone helps give the stone more sheen and luster. Another advantage to this is resin is not porous so it does not absorb moisture, there for it acts as a more permanent sealer.

Once the slabs are finished being polished they are shipped in containers all over the world to wholesalers and granite shops to be viewed and sold to customers.


Granite Slabs In Stock:


  • Antarctica Granite
    Antarctica Granite
  • Bordeaux River Granite
    Bordeaux River Granite
  • Fantasy Brown Granite
    Fantasy Brown Granite
  • Fantasy Brown Granite
    Fantasy Brown Granite
  • Forest Blue Granite (Close Up)
    Forest Blue Granite (Close Up)
  • Forest Blue Granite
    Forest Blue Granite
  • Golden Palha Granite (Close Up)
    Golden Palha Granite (Close Up)
  • Golden Palha Granite (Close Up)
    Golden Palha Granite (Close Up)
  • Golden Sand Granite
    Golden Sand Granite
  • Lapidus Granite
    Lapidus Granite
  • Mardi-Gra Granite
    Mardi-Gra Granite
  • Moon Yellow Granite
    Moon Yellow Granite
  • Museum Granite
    Museum Granite
  • New azul Aran Granite
    New azul Aran Granite
  • New Caledonia Granite (Close Up)
    New Caledonia Granite (Close Up)
  • New Caledonia Granite
    New Caledonia Granite
  • New Venetian Gold Granite
    New Venetian Gold Granite
  • New Venetian Gold Granite (Close Up)
    New Venetian Gold Granite (Close Up)
  • Persian Pearl Granite
    Persian Pearl Granite
  • Silver Fox Granite
    Silver Fox Granite
  • Verde Butterfly Granite (Close Up)
    Verde Butterfly Granite (Close Up)
  • Verde Butterfly Granite
    Verde Butterfly Granite
  • White Ice Granite
    White Ice Granite
 


Granite Samples:

 

  • White River Granite
    White River Granite
  • Black GalaxyGranite
    Black GalaxyGranite
  • Persian Pearl Granite
    Persian Pearl Granite
  • Diamond Arrow Granite
    Diamond Arrow Granite
  • Giallo Antico Granite
    Giallo Antico Granite
  • Cosmic Black Granite
    Cosmic Black Granite
  • Golden Jade Granite
    Golden Jade Granite
  • Kashmir Gold Granite
    Kashmir Gold Granite
  • Titanium Granite
    Titanium Granite
  • Labradorite Granite
    Labradorite Granite
  • Vyara Gold Granite
    Vyara Gold Granite
  • Persian Pearl Granite
    Persian Pearl Granite
  • New Venetian Gold Granite
    New Venetian Gold Granite
  • New Azul Aran Granite
    New Azul Aran Granite
  • Juparana Florenza Granite
    Juparana Florenza Granite
  • Galactica Blue Granite
    Galactica Blue Granite
  • Saphron Granite
    Saphron Granite
  • Silver Fox Granite
    Silver Fox Granite
  • Minotaurus Granite
    Minotaurus Granite
  • Vyara Granite
    Vyara Granite
  • Blue Pearl Granite
    Blue Pearl Granite
  • Caledonia Granite
    Caledonia Granite
  • Forest Blue Granite
    Forest Blue Granite
  • Ice Brown Granite
    Ice Brown Granite
  • Golden Crema Granite
    Golden Crema Granite
  • Typhoon Bordeaux Granite
    Typhoon Bordeaux Granite
  • Juparana Bordeaux Granite
    Juparana Bordeaux Granite
  • Sierra Nevada Granite
    Sierra Nevada Granite
  • Vanilla Granite
    Vanilla Granite
  • Verde Esmeralda Granite
    Verde Esmeralda Granite
  • Black Mosiac Granite
    Black Mosiac Granite
  • Volga Blue Granite
    Volga Blue Granite
  • Azul Aran Granite
    Azul Aran Granite
  • Brown Fantasy Granite
    Brown Fantasy Granite
  • Fantastic White Granite
    Fantastic White Granite
  • Glacier Waters Granite
    Glacier Waters Granite
  • Moon White Granite
    Moon White Granite
  • Sequoia Grey Marble
    Sequoia Grey Marble
  • Taj Mahal Quartzite
    Taj Mahal Quartzite
  • Verde Marinace Granite
    Verde Marinace Granite
  • White Piracema Granite
    White Piracema Granite
 

 

 

 


VI Granite & Quartz Countertops
3575 Shenton Road (Behind Budget Auto Centre) Nanaimo BC, V9T 2H1     Tel: 250 802-2518    Email: bill@vigranite.ca

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