Granite flooring can make a statement about your home that few other flooring materials have the ability to match. Granite is a beautiful natural stone that is available in a variety of colors and shades, many of which have veins of multiple colors running throughout. Much of the granite used in this country comes from Italy, but New England also has some beautiful granite available. Due to its weight, shipping costs, and the effort to extract it, granite can be somewhat costly. Depending on your budget, you may want to use granite flooring in a small area where you can show it off, for example, in an entry foyer or main-level powder room.
Granite flooring is installed using methods similar to ceramic tile or marble, and is pre-cut into tiles before arriving at your home. It may be a good idea to verify that your sub-floor can handle the weight of the granite tiles unless you are installing your flooring on a concrete slab. A good granite flooring mechanic can not only perform a basic installation, but may be able to create a mosaic by using a saw to cut the granite tiles into shapes.
Granite flooring is fairly low maintenance, but granite tiles, just like ceramic or marble flooring, can be cracked if a heavy object is dropped on them.