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Granite Tile Information

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If you prefer stone floors that are natural, stain resistant, and durable, a granite tile floor is the perfect choice for you. Granite is one of the oldest building materials on earth; with a history that can be traced all the way back to Ancient Egypt. While there are many varieties of granite flooring available, the three most common components in granite are: tiny particles of quartz, feldspar and mica crystals. Some of these particles were once actually liquid magma which slowly solidified thousands of years ago. Time and pressure help make granite one of the hardest stones in the world, with a durability that exceeds marble and slate. Granite floors are stunning, easy to clean (when using manufacturer–approved granite cleaner) and can last a lifetime when properly installed and cared for. Installing granite tiles can also increase the value of your home. Elegance and value combined, it’s no wonder that the use of granite flooring has increased dramatically over the last 10 years.

When it comes to selecting granite flooring, there is no shortage of alternatives. As with any natural type of stone flooring, no two pieces of granite look exactly alike. Granite flooring can be purchased in different sizes and shapes in either large slabs or smaller granite tiles. Available colors for granite floors vary depending on the type of minerals the rock contains. Granite may appear as a solid color such as solid black, commonly called Absolute Black Granite, or can be grained with several different colors creating limitless color combinations.

Granite Tile Installation Basics

Granite, due to its low porosity, can be installed indoors or outdoors and can even resist freeze/thaw conditions. It is a common stone choice for kitchens that demand a floor that can handle the occasional dropped pot and pan without damaging. Though granite floors are stain resistant, it is not completely stain proof. Granite floors are often sealed during installation with a pH breathable stone floor sealer to help protect the floor and grout from stains, mildew and mold.

Granite flooring is very heavy, can be tricky to cut and install, and requires extreme precision and careful subfloor preparation. For these reasons, professional tile installation is recommended. Of course,™ has you covered in this area. To find professional stone and tile installers in your area simply search by your zip code using the locator tool at the top of this page. If you choose to go ahead and tackle this project yourself, we can help with that too.™ has both a Quick Do It Yourself Stone Installation Guide and a Full Stone Installation Guide that will walk you through installing granite floors from step A to step Z.

Granite Floor Cleaning, Care and Maintenance Basics

One of the main enemies of granite flooring is actually a component of the granite itself – quartz. We often track in tiny pieces of quartz (stone) on our shoes, which once ground into the granite by walking and moving objects across the floor, can create tiny scratches that may dull the surface. Granite floor repairs can be costly and may even alter the color of the floor. You can help prevent this from occurring by sweeping up dirt and debris daily and mopping your stone floor with some warm water a couple of times a week. Add in a manufacturer–recommended stone flooring cleaner when a little extra cleaning power is needed. Sealed granite tile should be resealed every year or two depending on the amount of traffic received. Always check with the manufacturer and follow their instructions for sealing granite flooring. For full granite care and maintenance instructions, visit's™ Stone Floor Care section.

Buying Granite Flooring

Now that you know the basics of granite flooring including origin, installation and maintenance, you may feel that granite is the solution to your flooring needs. Here at, one of our goals is making sure that you have the information and tools needed to make an informed and confident floor buying decision. We've provided a complete stone floor buyer’s guide as well as print–friendly stone buying checklists that you can have on hand when shopping. If you need help finding a stone and tile floor store in your area, simply search by zip code using the flooring professional locator tool at the top of this page.