Granite bench tops

If you require the best quality granite benchtops in Melbourne, at Stonemasons we have the finest granite slabs and tiles available for residential or commercial projects. Whether you are newly building or renovating, our granite products can help you enhance the beauty and luxury of your interiors or exterior.

  • Marbles

  • Granites

  • Dolomites

  • Bluestone

  • Quartzite

THE BEST MARBLE AND GRANITE SUPPLIERS IN MELBOURNE

Granite is a very hard natural stone that is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. It is one of the hardest natural stones available, surpassed only by diamond and some quartzites. Granites are organically formed over millions of years beneath the earth’s crust, from quartz, feldspar and mica. Other variable minerals present in the environment naturally determine it’s colours and patterns. A common characteristic of granite is small shiny flecks, giving a speckled appearance. Quarries are located all over the world, here at Stonemasons we’re proud to offer some of our favourites.

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  • Granite Slabs for Sale in Melbourne

    People always brag about granite home accents because of its toughness, durability, aesthetics, style and hard-wearing features. If you are dreaming of building an impressive gourmet home, you can’t go wrong with granite materials. At Baasar Stones, we have a wide selection of granite slabs for sale in Melbourne, sourced from the best quarries in the world.   

  • Types of Granite Available At Stonemasons:

    Patagonia Granite: This Patagonia Granite stone comes with a creamy white background and a combination of grey, black and yellow crystals, giving your home a dramatic and gorgeous look.

    Prada Gold Granite: This is a unique type of granite stone with an impressive blend of peach, grey and golden shades. It offers a classic look to interior and comes with a number of positive qualities such as beauty, durability, practicality and resistance to heat, stain and water.

  • Viscount White Granite: Viscount white granites have a mix of grey, white and black colours, making it a perfect choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. These products are of optimum standard, and offer unrivalled durability and sustainability for many years to come.

    Nero Fantastico Granite: These granites hold an inexplicable dark façade with bold white veins and dots running all over. The small dots over the black surface resemble the night sky dotted with twinkling stars, making your home look visually appealing and giving it a unique texture.  

  • Via Lactea Granite: This type of granite slabs in Melbourne comes with a honed finish, featuring thin, white veining that flows all over its black background. They are perfect for bathroom countertops, kitchen countertops and many other outdoor applications.

    Titanium Granite: Titanium granites look very bold with the stylish movement of white, black, brown, ivory, cream and gold veins flowing throughout.

More About Granite

Granite is one of the naturally occurring hard rocks. Its structure is granular and crystalline. Granite usually contains other minerals, such as feldspar, mica and quartz. Its grains are easy to spot, giving it a very attractive look, especially when used in homes or business buildings.

Granite has plenty of uses. It is one of the few stones that is used across the word in architecture. As a durable and hard material, granite can withstand a lot of pressure and resist the elements and abrasion. Most importantly, it can be polished to look even more magnificent.

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Granite Applications

Today, granite is often used to enhance the appearance of an office building and home interiors. You can often see it used for:

  • Kitchen benchtops – granite benchtops are very popular solutions found in modern kitchen designs. Thanks to its durability and resistance, it can sit in the kitchen for many years. The colour variations allow it to be incorporated with different wood types.
  • Bathroom vanity basins – another common use case of granite is found in modern bathrooms. Vanity basins constructed of granite are a perfect and beautiful addition for any bathroom. Its elegance, durability and lasting quality make it very popular.
  • Installation

    Stonemasons has an experienced team of artisans ready to undertake any installation, regardless of scale or complexity. Stonemasons can also clean, grind, polish and replace or repair broken stone. We can also rejuvenate lost colour and veining of stones that have weathered from exposure to the elements outdoors.

FAQ

Granite and Marble are 100% natural stone quarried from the earth, while Quartz is a synthetic man-made material made to mimic natural stone.

Granite and Marble have similarities, they come in many colors, each slab being unique. They are both durable, resistant to heat, scratches, and stains, they also have many differences. Granite and Marble are both relatively easy to maintain, they should both be sealed during the fabrication process prior to customer installation.

Granite and marble (along with marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) also have many differences. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures. It is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, onyx – start out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies (lithifies) into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus. When it comes to care and maintenance, Marble is not quite as tough as Granite and Quartz – it is a porous material and is more susceptible to stains, chips, and scratches.

Quartz, being a man-made product, has, in most cases, a uniform appearance in comparison to granite or marble. Quartz countertops are engineered from approximately 93% natural quartz, blended with advanced polymer resins and colorfast pigments to create an elegant, durable work surface. In a quartz countertop you may have small pieces of quartz, granite, and even recycled mirror particles or colored glass. These materials are all mixed together with the resin, poured into a large block mold. Vacuums and Vibration help to press out the air, then the quartz blocks are “baked” in a special process using heat and pressure. Once the quartz block is baked, it is loaded into a gangsaw to be sliced, you can liken this to a bread slicer slicing a loaf of bread. Then the slabs are polished on one face and prepared for shipment. Once at the stone fabricator, the quartz slabs can be finished with any custom countertop edge, based on customer preference. Quartz countertops come standard in a polished finished, and can be customized with a honed finish as well. Additionally, some quartz manufacturers offer a leathered finish for some colors. 

Although typical application of marble is for the bathroom vanity tops, Jacuzzi tops and fireplaces, it is possible to use it in the kitchen. However, due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and is affected by acidic substances, such as vinegars, ketchups etc, we don’t usually recommend it. Moreover the high-gloss of the marble countertop can be partially lost as many chemicals etch its surface. Granite in turn is considered the second hardest stone, its polish is not subject to etching by household acids, or scratching by knives and pots and pans under normal use. It is also not affected by typical kitchen heat such as hot pans. 

No, it is not necessary to seal stone, however we do it to most natural stone countertops because the sealer provides great benefit at little cost. In 99% of the cases if you clean up after meals you will never have a stain. Mineral surfaces like granite are generally not porous, but some stones can absorb minor amounts of liquids, which rarely result in minor discoloration and staining. Although there are many good sealers on the market, taking simple precautions and performing regular cleaning can save trouble and cost. All marble and granite tops are sealed twice in our shop before they are installed. The impregnating substance penetrates the stone deep below the surface, making it quite impervious to alcohol, juices, soft drinks, cosmetics, cleaners, coffee, food and even oil. Over the course of time, and everyday use, the sealer wears out (10 to 15 years inside the home). For information on how to seal your countertops click here.

Quartz and Slate do not require sealing. Granite is also a very low porous stone and doesn’t require sealing after purchase and installation. Quartzite is similar to granite and should not require re-sealing before the 10-15 year timeframe. Travertine should be re-sealed on an annual basis. Sandstone and LImestone also require annual re-sealing but these materials are typically not used for countertops.

Like any solid surface, high impact blows can harm granite. Because of its crystalline structure, it can chip if subjected to hard blows with sharp hard objects. You should not stand or sit on your granite countertop. Unsealed, granite can absorb stains such as oil, which can ultimately cause dark spots or discoloration. Heat from pots and pans or burning liquids will not affect granite under normal circumstances. If you have a stain in your top contact your stone supplier, they can help you remove the stain by supplying you with a poultice that you can apply to the top to remove the stain.

In only cases of sever abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.

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