It is suitable for either exterior or interior use. Granite can provide your space with an unmatched luxury and elegance.

Its usual applications are flooring and roofing but may also be used for countertops.

Slate is extremely long lasting and weathers the elements well. Sandstone was once widely used for building houses.

Marble has multiple applications ranging from buildings to monuments to sculptures.It is a firm and compact stone with a harder body than marble. These holes can either be filled with matching cement, epoxy, or resins, or left unfilled providing a more rustic look. The granite is then sorted or cropped to the required size, which makes it a desirable product for building with. Below is a selection of projects which incorporated our granite. The style of the stone had to mimic that of the rest of the building which was achieved by using cropped granite and selected granite. The end result is remarkable and ties in nicely with the rest of the historic building.

Granite Building Stone

Some cut granite building stone. 8″ thick, 16″ depth (mortar bed), 12″ long with rock face.

Construction of a traditional granite wall in a house would not have a cavity and the wall would be solid. The reduced thickness of granite stone walls means the building has high thermal mass and consequently its temperature stays warm in winter and cool in summer. The architecture in this building utilizes thick granite to help offset the large amount of glass which would otherwise result in a widely fluctuating temperature. In this case hammered granite was built with a random rubble wall style. We selected the granite in order to meet a 150mm width of granite facing. Here, hammered granite was used to build a cement bound masonry wall. We also supplied some boulders to use as rockery stones which you can see above the wall. The random sizes of the granite makes for a natural feel to the granite wall. Hammered granite comes in randomly broken lumps of granite approximately 100-450mm in size. We can for extra cost select this to a finer grading – for example, if your wall was 1500m wide we could select to that dimension. We split (crop) the stone to either 100-150mm or 100-200mm width. This also makes the stones more square in shape. This is a great product for buildings with 100mm bed depths.

This instead used the silver granite colour. Any chance to take few pieces of bigger/smaller pieces for fish tank decoration? Come see us and you can take the couple of stones you need. The stones are random but range within in the sizes you are looking for, you might just have to more selective picking them. Truck delivery is €120 so works out expensive for only 1 bag! Looking for stones to place as borders in garden. Need a crane on truck to lift over garden wall. Granite is typically severe in appearance and is the archetype of the perception that stone is durable through the ages – with good reason, as many of the oldest stone antiquities are granite, often little changed from the day they were carved. It might be argued that the true art of the stonemason was complete when the working of granite was mastered 4, 000 years ago. Because of its familiarity, the word granite has also entered our vocabulary as describing something immovable, enduring, hard. Granite is probably the most widely available stone on the planet.

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Another reason for granite’s popularity is its ability to be applied to almost any building stone use, from paving to cladding and statues to ashlar. Furthermore, it can be highly polished and, even better, will retain the polish for many years even under extreme weathering conditions.

To the uninitiated, almost any rock of igneous (or lava) origin is called granite and little differentiation is made by the stone industry other than to call particularly dark versions ‘black granites’. Stones such as gneiss, diorite and syenite are included in the broad trade classification, but are not what a geologist would consider truly granite and for the purposes of this article have been ignored. The highest quality granites are recognised as those with very little variation from veining, spotting and other features.

However, some of the rarer examples featuring large porphyritic and rapakivi textures are much sought after. Recovery rates might be reduced considerably in those resources that exploit what are effectively core stones, where the outer regions are weathered to a point where low strength is potentially problematic. It is not only the enduring qualities of granite that make it desirable as a building stone but also the uniform nature and potentially massive size of the blocks available because of the continental scale mode of formation of granites.

It is said to have taken just seven months to carve from a single block of granite. An unfinished obelisk weighing more than 1, 000tonnes remains in one of the quarries.

It was abandoned after a crack was identified but it reveals how such great pieces of stone were produced. Reputedly 14 stonemasons held a dinner on top of the column before the statue was put in place. In recognition of that, a meal was served on top of the column again a few years ago when the column was renovated. Scottish granite is still used, although in nothing like the quantities of years ago. Nevertheless, low cost imported granite setts and paving has transformed many urban landscapes and, as polished slabs, has become ubiquitous as worktops in commercial and domestic kitchens.

Granite can take a high polish or be given a textured finish (flamed or dolly punched, for example) that will normally be expected to last for decades, at least, and potentially centuries.

When considering the excellent physical, chemical and mechanical properties of granite, more than for any other stone, the final choice depends on aesthetics rather than build quality. Granite is the engineer’s favourite stone group because of its high strength in all directions, low water absorption and excellent durability. Other areas of experience include the investigation of all types of building finishes, specialist advice on remedial treatments and the preparation of advice for potential and actual use in litigation or arbitration. Being trained in industrial roped access (abseiling) allows him to get close to the problems with external building envelopes quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. He has also authored chapters for two books on building stone and is currently engaged in other book projects in this field.

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Building Masonry Steps With Largest Stone– How to Install Stone Granite.

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It is suitable for either exterior or interior use. Granite can provide your space with an unmatched luxury and elegance. Its usual applications are flooring and roofing but may also be used for countertops. Slate is extremely long lasting and weathers the elements well. Sandstone was once widely used for...