July 5


4 Reasons Why Granite Is The Perfect Material For Hearths

By Brian McMonagle

July 5, 2017


There is nothing nicer in a home than a granite hearth.

Below are 4 reasons why granite is an ideal choice for your hearth.

1. Granite is Durable & Non Flammable

Any appliances that use fuel such as a fireplace and wood stove must have a hearth made of non-flammable materials to prevent a fire.

Natural stone often is used for hearths, but there are several types available. The most commonly used stones also are durable and heat resistant.

One of the most popular stones that fit all of the needs above is granite. Granite is a popular choice for hearths because it looks great and has with many styles and colour variations based on décor, durability and resistance to scratches and heat.

2. Granite can be Polished or Unpolished

Granite is a type of hearthstone, which is more expensive than limestone, but cheaper than marble.

As an igneous rock, it is hard and quite thick, as well as tough as it can get with fire, melting at 2219 degrees Fahrenheit.

Granite can be used with gas or electric fires and is resistant to strong heat, as well as possible scratches. It is one of the most popular stones for hearths because of its hardness and durability, coming in a variety of colours and patterns than other stones. Plus, people can choose to leave the stone unpolished for a more natural and rough feel, or have it polished so the surface is smooth and shiny.

3. A Granite Hearth is One of a Kind

Popular for many of the same reasons as marble, granite is versatile, distinctive, and beautiful. Just like marble, every granite slab is one-of-a-kind.

There are a ton of colours and patterns to choose from, none of which will ever be copied by nature. With its one-of-a-kind veins, swirls, and specs, there are plenty of pieces to use for every preference and decorating scheme.

A Granite hearth can also increase the value of the home. Price of granite comes from the source of countries such as the United States, India, Italy, China, Canada, and Germany. The use goes back to Ancient Egypt (in contrast to marble in Ancient Greece), making granite hearths one of the oldest industries in history.

4. A Granite Hearth is Long-Lasting

Any fireplace needs a strong, good hearth for support, as well as being a shield from heat to keep the floor safe from burning.

Using strong and incombustible materials for making a hearth for the fireplace guarantees protection for the home. By installing a granite hearth, your fireplace will stay in shape for a long time with minimal maintenance.

Finalising the hearth with an attractive and smart granite stone gives your hearth a special appeal to draw people’s attention.

Are you interested in a beautiful granite hearth for your home?
Get in touch with McMonagle Marble & Granite, Donegal today

Brian McMonagle

About the author

Brian took over McMonagle Marble & Granite from his father Cathal in 2009. A family run business McMonagles was originally a fireplace distributer. Brian’s innovative steps has now expanded the company to over 20 employees, International markets and into the leading marble and granite fabricator of the North West of Ireland.

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