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Granite: How Tough Is Granite Really?

Granite is a tough material, but how do we measure the hardness of granite, or any substance for that matter? The answer is Mohs scale of hardness which is used to measure mineral hardness based on one mineral’s ability to scratch the surface of other minerals. The minerals are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10; the higher the number, the harder the mineral. The strongest mineral, diamond, is a 10. Minerals that are lower down on the Mohs scale cannot damage higher number minerals. Granite is a composite, made of feldspar and quartz, with a hardness of 6 and 7 respectively. This makes granite a fairly tough material!

Looking at trend stone, we see a mixture of granite and other stones. Why is trend stone so much stronger than regular granite? The stones mixed into trend stone have minerals with a hardness of 8 or higher. As a result, trend stone is stronger, more durable and tougher than traditional granite.

Trend stone can withstand the force of a bowling ball dropped on top of it. Traditional granite will break given such force. This may seem like useless information, unless you bear in mind that scientists have equated the force of a frozen turkey hitting the ground to the force of a bowling ball being dropped on the same surface. Let’s face it, accidents happen – dishes, pots, pans, and food are bound to be dropped on your countertops over the years. So while traditional granite is great, trend stone is a stronger, and much more durable option. Visit one of our counter top specialists to learn more.