Happy Holidays from Your Friends at Northstar Granite Tops!

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We here at Northstar Granite Tops wish you a very happy holiday season! Are you going to be spending it with your loved ones this year? Going on a tropical vacation? Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have fun and that you are surrounded by the people you love the most.

Of course, we almost always have our mind on one thing around here: granite! In this blog, we’re going to give you a brief rundown of the differences between amateur granite, real granite and commercial granite, plus how it’s made.

Did you know the planet Earth is the only planet in our solar system that has granite on it? There are three different “types” of granite too.

Amateur granite: This is what most people would refer to as granite. It’s a light-color rock with coarse grains and a seemingly random arrangement of minerals. But geologists would refer to this kind of rock as “granitoid.”

Real granite: One of the granitoids, it has a quartz content between 20% and 60%. Alkali feldspar predominates this rock (rather than plagioclase feldspar). Feldspar is a mineral that forms colorless or pale crystals.

Commercial granite: This is the all-encompassing term for any stone that is used for buildings or other similar purposes (like statues, monuments or gravestones). It can refer to any stone with hard minerals and big grains.

We hope you learned a little something from our blog today! And for all of your granite needs, give Northstar Granite Tops a call at (320) 963-8677 or request a free quote online. We’ll be happy to talk to you about granite and all of its amazing uses! Plus we can give you more information about how we can install the granite countertops of your dreams!