Granite is defined feldspar-bearing igneous rock. It is quite common, with a glossy appearance mainly because of the feldspar contents and it is very hard and dense just like all igneous rocks. It has many variations and it has many constructions and decorative applications due to its durability and elegance.
There can be situations that need to use granite sealers for building material. Longevity, cost, and functionality are some of the factors to consider the usage of that rock and how much of it is needed. To assess such a necessity for a certain situation, we must identify the advantages and disadvantages.
The Advantages / Pros
Granite is available in various colors and patterns that are attractive.
It can prevent water leakage.
It is resistant to the spread and growth of allergen and bacteria and also resistant to water and moisture, making an ideal hygienic countertop.
It can have a shiny appearance when polished, making it require easy maintenance.
Its sturdy surface can withstand frequent physical contact.
It is suitable for flooring that can last for a long period due to its durability.
Its color hardly ever fades, especially the ones with neutral tones.
It is resistant to stains as long as it is sealed similar to that of countertop application.
It maintains its elegant look while being resistant to abrasion.
It can withstand very high temperatures due to its igneous composition.
It can be used on applications where other building materials can fit or harmonize perfectly.
The Disadvantages / Cons
Granite is very expensive due to the many processes it had to undergo to be obtained and prepared, from quarry mining to expert polishing and even transportation due to its weight.
Installation of granite for building a structural piece requires professional help and can take time to complete the process.
Flooring made granite can get cold during the winter season but not colder than marble.
Fragile objects can break when dropped on the granite’s surface due to its hardness and definite absence of cushiness.
Highly polished granite tiles can be slippery if wet and can be a hazard if not practically strategized its placement.
Any crack or scratch, for some unnatural reason, can be expensive to get repaired with a possibility of color alteration.
The quality of granite can be determined to chance since it is a naturally occurring stone. However, this problem can be felt more on the manufacturer or seller rather than on the consumer.
Grout lines might be difficult to clean and perhaps they require the majority of the time in granite maintenance.
Its weight affects the overall load of a structure and its installation procedures.
It may have a variety of colors and patterns but not as much compared to vitrified tiles.
During shaping and customization, the sharp edges can cause injuries, which require more time and effort in handling them.
If it is used on staircase trades as grooves, it may collect dust that can be difficult to clean.
How you perceive the advantages and disadvantages of using granite helps you decide whether to pursue it or not. Along with that perception, you can base your choice if the structure you are trying to build with is designed to last long, can perform its function and is cost-efficient.