The Stone of Pharaohs, Queens – and You?
It has had an illustrious past – and its future may just include you. Granite has long been the go-to stone for some of the great structures in history. The Red Pyramid of Egypt, built in the 26th century BC, was so named for the crimson colour of its granite surfaces. A much later pyramid, the Great Pyramid of Giza (a relative youth, built in 2580 BC) contains a huge granite sarcophagus. No slouch in the memorialization department, Queen Victoria built herself a granite sarcophagus at Frogmore Palace, where she rests in amused peace to this day.
But there was a problem with granite. For a long time it was simply too tough a rock to cut with any precision and so it was mostly used for rough exterior work. It was not until the Scots perfected a cutting and polishing technique that the stone became feasible for sophisticated inside use – like granite flooring in Windsor.
Granite Tiles Offer Flexibility
The flexibility of granite in the home has been further refined, with the development of the stone in the form of tiles. They combine the strength of traditional granite slab flooring, with beauty and flexibility. A blend of materials, tiles are hard to differentiate from the larger granite pieces. They come in a variety of colours, patterns and styles and are less costly than traditional granite flooring. They are also much easier to install, and can easily be placed to accommodate existing vagaries in the layout of the floor.
Granite slabs and tiles require relatively low maintenance. Again, that historical toughness is an asset; granite tiles are stain, scratch and burn-resistant and replace easily. Granite is vulnerable to abrasives like sand, grit and dirt and should be kept clean. Vacuuming is acceptable, but cleaning is just as effective with a dust mop. For wet-mopping, good old-fashioned soap will do the trick. Some cleaning products will dull a floor’s lustre and it is advisable to avoid anything containing lemon juice, vinegar, abrasives, or ammonia-based agents.
Finding the Best Dealer for Granite Flooring in Windsor
There are lots of companies eager to sell you granite flooring. There are a few things to bear in mind. Search out a specialist. If stone is its sole source of income, chances are the dealer is going to have greater expertise. A family operation will have a reputational motivation as well; look for a company with a track record. When you visit their showroom, make sure you are able to see the stone in sufficient size to give you a good idea of how it will look in your home; this is not a time to content yourself with tiny chips. Good stone flooring is costly and you’ve got to be certain you’ve got the shade and style that works best with your room.
Keep in mind that installing granite flooring is NOT a job for the do it yourselfer, so the "deals” that a big box retailer might offer you can really backfire. Find a dealer who can also look after installation, and is prepared to stand behind the quality of the work.
And then prepare to enjoy a floor that is fit for a king and queen!