Today, the main use of granite is in the construction industry, where decorative stones are needed. In terms of usage, granite can be analyzed in two categories:
- Granite slabs,
- Use of granite paving stones.
The areas of use that fall under this category are examined below.
What are the Uses of Granite?
Granite Sheet Usage Areas: It is possible to see granite in flooring and wall cladding, steps, columns, fireplaces, kitchens and bathrooms in the interior of the buildings, and in the exterior of the buildings, in the exterior cladding. It is also used as parquet on exterior floors, as well as in the production of many decorative items and tombstones. The use of granite is increasing in public environments and/or production facilities where hygienic conditions are required (such as hospitals, airports, bus terminals). Granite shards are utilized as mosaics or in the production of artificial marble. Granite is especially used in works that require meticulousness in terms of both pattern (decoration) and durability.
Areas of Use of Paving Stones: Paving stones can be used mainly in cases where functionality and aesthetic concerns are taken into consideration. The stones used as paving stones can be classified as membrane stones, tile-type parquet and palladium. Paving stones are mostly made of hard and siliceous stones such as granite, andesite, trachite, rhyolite, etc. as they are used as floor coverings in walking areas where there is heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Since they are resistant to chemical substances, they are used as floor and wall coverings in factories, workshops and similar places. Again, cobblestones are preferred on slippery floors because they form a rough surface by breaking from natural weakness planes through impact. In addition, different colored cobblestones are combined together and used as decorative facade cladding. The use of cobblestones dates back to ancient times. Due to the ease and simplicity of production, they were produced and used in large quantities by manpower using hammers, ploughshares and similar tools in ancient times. For this reason, cobblestones are indispensable materials in the restoration of old buildings today. In developed countries, cobblestones are used extensively in the parks, gardens and landscaping of large cities, as there is a tendency to bring people closer to nature and to use artificial materials less.