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Granite Countertop Installation and Repair in London

Did you know that pricing granite is not a big secret and you can usually get an estimate right over phone. Know that we service all areas of Michigan, including London, MI. So after our phone conversation, one of our trained templators can come to your home to verify the measurements and start process of getting new granite countertops installed in your home.

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Should you install dark or light countertops? Dark colors are quick show dust but look very elegant. Light colors are more likely to stain but brighten the area and make the room look bigger. Consider that Abella’s other customers in London, MI have almost split this answer in the middle with about 50% choosing light tops and 50% choosing dark, so whatever you choose there is no right or wrong answer.

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

What is Specific Gravity

The Specific Gravity is referring to the weight of a material and is measured in grams per cubic centimetre. Assuming a natural stone has a Specific Gravity of 2.7, it means that its weight is 2.7 grams per cubic centimetre, or 2700 kg per cubic metre. The Specific Gravity of natural stones is usually around 2.5 to 3.0, depending on the density and kind of the containing material.

What is Bending Strength or Flexural Strength?

The Bending Strength (or Flexural Strength) measures the force a material can resist when bended. It is measured in N mm-2 and shows the forces applied to a material in the moment of failure.

What is the Young’s Modulus or Modulus of Elasticity?

The Young’s Modulus (or Modulus of Elasticity) describes the limit for small strains of the rate of change of stress with strain a material is able to support. Many natural stones have a Modulus of Elasticity of around 50 Gpa (which translates to 50.000 N mm-2, depending on the stone), with pure Quartz reaching a Young’s Modulus of 71.7 GPa.

What is Mohs Hardness?

The Mohs Hardness describes the scratch resistance of the surface of a natural stone (or indeed any other mineral). The Mohs Scale is not defined by forces or applied pressure, but rather by definitions. It goes from 1 (softest material) to 10 (hardest material). The surface hardness of Quartz, for example, is defined as the value 7 in the Mohs Scale. Granite usually has a value of around 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale, which means that is can be scratched using pure Quartz. The values and their corresponding minerals are: Talc (1); Gypsum (2); Calcite (3); Fluorite (4); Apatite (5); Orthoclase Feldspar (6); Quartz (7); Topaz (8); Corundum(9); Diamond (10). According to graniteland.com

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