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Granite Countertop Installation and Repair in Lima Center

Are you looking for a new granite countertop? Abella Stone offers a complete granite installation service in the Lima Center, MI area. From simply supplying materials to complete fabrication and installation, our fabricators are capable of handling any project. Give us a call or drop us an email to discuss your project.

Michigan Granite & Natural Stone Contractor in Lima Center

An outdoor kitchen and bbq can utilize natural granite for its countertops. Although you may have a color palette in mind, know that on bright sunny days, dark colors will be drastically hotter than light colors – sometimes even too hot to touch! Also know that in Lima Center, MI you should only install a SWR, severe weather rated, granite that can withstand the seasonal changes of our northern climate. Abella Stone can show you SWR granites from current our inventory at our full slab showroom.

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Definitions of Thermal Properties of Natural Stone (Shelby Township, MI)

What is Coefficient of Thermal Expansion?

The Coefficient of Thermal Expansion is the rate of expansion of a natural stone (or any other material indeed) when it is exposed to a defined rise in temperature. A low Coefficient of Thermal Expansion will reduce the probability of thermal cracking in cladding materials that are exposed often to huge changes of temperature with in short timespan. The Coefficient of Thermal Expansion is usually measured in figures like this example: 6.1 x 10-6 K-1.

What is Thermal Conductivity Coefficient?

Most natural stones have a Thermal Conductivity Coefficient of above 2, and often even 3 W m-1 K-1. Glass, for example, usually has a Thermal Conductivity Coefficient of about 1 W m-1 K-1. Less thermal conductivity, of course has advantages especially when using a natural stone as outside wall cladding material as it increases insulation and thus reduces energy consumption.

What is Specific Heat Capacity?

The Specific Heat Capacity is the amount of heat (energy) required to raise the temperature of 1 kg of a substance by 1° K. The specific heat capacity of most types of granite is somewhere around 750 J kg-1 K-1, while the average specific heat capacity of marble is about 880 J kg-1 K-1.  According to graniteland.com

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