Granite is an igneous rock of great beauty, one of the hardest stones known to man and is naturally formed deep below the surface over thousands of years. Granite is generally quarried directly from the mountainside, colour and veining changes based on geographical characteristics and mineral composition. There are many uses for granite such as: counter tops, pillars, monuments, building materials, flooring, and many other uses.
The finishing facility …
The quarried blocks are loaded on a truck and transported to the finishing facility; the facility may be close in proximity or may need to be shipped over seas. Once the granite block is delivered, it is then sawed into slabs with very large diamond saws.
The granite slabs are then placed under large rotating machines that use a series of diamond pads to polish the surface of the granite giving the piece a mirrored natural shine.
Once the polishing phase is complete several options are available depending on the specifications placed on the order submitted. The finished product may consist of a rock pitched (a rough natural finish), polished, sawed edge (smooth satin) finish, or a combination of any of the above. Other processes that are done at the granite shed include the drilling of vase or cremation holes, which is done with a coring machine. There are special diamond contour wire saws and many other specialty tools as well.