A headstone is a memorial monument used to commemorate the life of a deceased loved one. There are many types of headstone monuments to choose from. Here at Katti-Ma Granite, a leading wholesale granite monument supplier, we give you a quick and easy guide to help choose a headstone for a loved one that has passed on. You can also download Katti-Ma’s monument catalog to explore more styles to choose from.
Headstones are usually classified into the following broad types; Uprights, Slants, Flat or Bevel Markers, Benches and Wings.
Upright headstone monument
This is the most traditional and also the most popularly used monument style. As the name suggests, it features a base and an upright die. A die sometimes also called a tablet is vertical and contains the surface upon which the memorial’s wordings are etched. The person’s name, dates of birth and death, family names and other elements like poems, quotes or artwork are depicted.
Upright headstones feature various styles of tops. The most popular top is a serpentine or SERP top. Other popular top styles are rooftop, oval tops, flat tops or rounded corner tops. Upright headstones are often paired with a matching vase or vases.
These headstones are available as both single uprights and also as companion uprights
Slant headstone monuments
These monuments are quite similar to upright headstones. But, where they differ is how the die or tablet is vertical only in the back. The front features a slope or slant. The slant may or may not have a nosing. When without a nosing, slants are called full-face slants. When a nosing is present, it is usually a 2’ nosing. The purpose of the nosing is to help provide extra surface area to etch additional words. In some cases, nosing is provided in a contrasting rock pitched or polish finish to build character into the headstone.
It is recommended that slant headstones be placed on a base and not directly upon the foundation. Like upright headstones, slants can also have tops in various styles, as described earlier.
Flat or Bevel Headstones
Often chosen as an affordable or minimalistic headstone, these are nothing but flat rectangular markers that are about 4 inches thick. They are placed horizontally on the ground. Bevel markers are slightly raised in the back, giving them a slope.
Bench headstones offer a very unique way to memorialize a loved one. They come in various sizes, often ranging from 36’, 48’ and 60’. They come in many styles as well. Some of the most popular bench headstones are pedestal bench, arm bench, monument bench and park bench.
Wing headstones are often chosen to celebrate the life of a loving couple that have passed on. They consist of two dies or tablets that are separated by a pedestal or plinth or other sculptures like a base or angel.
No family should have to go through the process of choosing a headstone for a little one that has passed on. Headstones to commemorate the lives of young ones feature granite sculptures that depict toys, musical instruments, teddy bears or angels. Children’s headstones are usually ordered on a bespoke basis, designed and built according to the grieving family’s needs.
Choose a Headstone Type that will be approved by your Cemetery
Not many people know that almost all cemeteries have restrictions and guidelines when it comes to the type of headstones they will allow in their cemetery. These restrictions vary from cemetery to cemetery. It is best that you contact your cemetery to find out their particular restrictions. Restrictions are usually applied to the following aspects of a headstone.
Headstone type – Not all headstones are allowed by all cemeteries. There are some cemeteries that only allow grave markers while most will allow a wide array of headstone types, like the ones we detailed earlier.
Headstone size – Cemeteries will list out size restrictions for both single and companion headstones. These are usually 24 x 12, 28 x 16, 18 x 24 for singles and 36 x 18, 44 x 14 for companion headstones.
Headstone material and colour – While most cemeteries do not have color restrictions, there are some that are quite particular about the shade of headstones they will permit on their cemetery. When it comes to materials, granite is accepted by all cemeteries when it comes to monuments.
Custom artwork – Some cemeteries have specific restrictions on things like types of artwork, photo memorials made out of porcelain and so on. If the headstone you choose has art or other elements that is not found on a traditional headstone, it is best that you seek the cemetery’s approval beforehand.
Do you have to buy a headstone only from the cemetery where your loved one is buried?
The answer is no. Federal law gives you the right to buy your headstone from any vendor of your choice, whether or not they are affiliated with the cemetery. Cemetery owners will however try to talk you into buying headstones from memorial companies that they own or are only affiliated with them. They do this by either imposing installation fees on 3rd party vendor headstones or by trying to simply insist that you buy your headstone from their memorial services. You can however quote the federal law and exercise your freedom to work with any vendor of your choice.
New Caledonia, also known as Canadian Brown or Caledonia granite is a very popularly used granite stone across the world. Sporting a subtle and neutral array of white and grey speckles, it’s no surprise that this granite is as popular as it is, capable of seamlessly blending into and complementing modern kitchen and exterior architectural landscapes. But what if you love the New Caledonia granite but want an earthier brown color to replace the neutral greys? That’s exactly what’s on offer with Costa Dakota, an exclusive New Caledonia brown granite from Katti-Ma Granite.
Costa Dakota – A New Caledonia Brown Granite
Costa Dakota features a unique pattern that disburses speckles of gold, brown, yellow, black and sometimes red and pink, in a chaotic yet beautiful pattern. The result is a visually stunning surface that is earthy, warm and vibrant, capable of lending a great amount of character to any architectural landscape. Be it indoor as a kitchen countertop or outdoors on wall cladding, Costa Dakota enhances the feel and appeal of its space.
Though the aesthetics are far more strikingly apparent than what you will see in the grey New Caledonia granite, Costa Dakota still remains neutral in whatever environment it is immersed into. This gives it a versatile use case scenario for both modern and classical construction styles.
Costa Dakota granite is extremely durable, making it a practical choice for indoor and outdoor applications. The stone features low porosity and high-heat resistance, making it a perfect kitchen countertop candidate to house even the busiest of stovetops. Outdoors, installed as wall cladding, the granite will last decades without cracking, chipping or excessively fading, thanks to its natural robustness and resilience to the elements.
It should be noted that Costa Dakota has a very high score on Mohs hardness scale.
Featuring very closely packed pores, Costa Dakota is one of the least porous granites in the world. This translates to very easy maintenance, especially when used as kitchen countertops. Any quality granite sealant will protect the gloss of this beautiful granite for years at a time.
Katti-Ma Granite has the ability to provide Costa Dakota granite in a wide range of finish styles. Our most popularly requested finish styles are polished and leathered finishes. We also offer honed and flamed finishes.
As mentioned earlier, the low maintenance requirements and high-heat resistance make Costa Dakota a great kitchen countertop material. It’s also very popular as wall cladding for the same reasons, when exposed to sun and rain. Its low water porosity also makes it an excellent building material in wet areas such as landscaping around bathtubs, swimming pools, shower areas etc.
Consistency & Variance
Unlike New Caledonia granite which features rather significant variance on the stone’s surface over even 2,000 to 3,000 square feet of coverage, Costa Dakota provides a uniform pattern presentation for much larger coverage areas. This makes this New Caledonia Brown granite an excellent choice as brown natural stone of choice for applications that require widespread surface area coverage.
Our Costa Dakota Granite Projects
Below are just a few of our landmark Costa Dakota projects, featured from all over the world. Primarily used as wall cladding by our customers, Costa Dakota has been able to infuse style, sophistication and prestige into our customer’s buildings and architecture.
Wholesale New Caledonia Brown Granite from Katti-Ma Granite
With over 40 years in the business, Katti-Ma Granite has the ability to supply this stunning New Caledonia Brown Granite to any port in the world, in 30-45 days. Mined from our own quarries and marked and cut into rough blocks or slabs with great care, Katti-Ma can be your natural stone supply partner capable of providing you with a constant and quality supply of this unique brown granite.
Our customers feature builders and construction companies all over the world from countries such as USA, Canada, Taiwan, China, Australia and many more. Learn more about Katti-Ma Granite here. Get in touch with us here.
Get This New Caledonia Brown Granite in 30-45 Days, anywhere in the World
Granite is one of the most widely used natural stones for kitchen countertops. It does a fantastic job of naturally resisting stains and heat, making it an ideal surface for even the busiest of kitchens. That being said, granite countertops do require some cleaning and maintenance as they are a porous material. You must also remember that lighter granite surfaces require a little more cleaning care and maintenance than darker shades of granite.
Below, you will learn several key tips that will have your granite countertop looking brand spanking new, for several years or even decades to come!
How to deep clean granite countertops?
Keeping your granite countertops clean and pristine looking is a fairly easy process, if you follow the steps mentioned below. It is sufficient to carry out this recommended cleaning just once a week once every two weeks, as long as you generally wipe down your countertop every day.
Clear your countertop – First things first, remove all items placed on your granite countertop. This includes large appliances like mixers, blenders or food processors that you normally don’t move. This is important because areas under these large appliances can sometimes collect dirt and debris that can look very different from other areas on your countertop, when you do decide to move them
Clear loose debris – With a dry and soft sponge, gently push away all loose debris that has accumulated on your granite countertop
Warm dish soap + water + soft towel/sponge – Use warm water with a mild dish detergent to gently clean your granite countertops, one small area at a time.
It’s important to remember that you must not muscle your way into this cleaning. Gentle scrubbing is more than enough. To tackle stains that won’t come away easily, you can follow additional cleaning tips mentioned below
Tackling tough stains – For stubborn stains, use one of the following appropriate methods;
Hardened debris – Food or organic matter that has hardened over time can be easily scraped away from a granite countertop. Use a razor blade at a 45° angle to gently dislodge the matter. Follow it up with a quick towel and dish soap scrub. Granite is quite scratch resistant but you must still use a razor blade gently and only at the advised angle, to avoid any scratches
Stubborn stains – For stains that won’t go away with gentle scrubbing, create a paste using baking soda and water. Apply this paste on the stained area of the granite and wait for between 5 and 30 minutes. Then, use a wet towel to wipe away the paste. It is important that you do not scrub away at this paste that you have applied on your granite.
If the paste has hardened and won’t come off with a towel wipe, you can use the flat end of a soft silicone or plastic spatula to gently scrape away the hardened paste. Then, follow it up with a soap and towel wipe.
Really stubborn stains – If a stain won’t come off even with the above described soak and clean method with baking soda and water, you can simply try it again. But this time, let the paste sit on the stain for 24 to even 48 hours! Once you have applied the paste, cover it with a plastic wrap like cling-wrap. Then, use tape to hold down this plastic wrap smothering the paste over the stained area of your granite. Poke a few holes to ventilate this patch. After 24 or 48 hours, gently scrape or wipe away the paste as mentioned above. Having such really stubborn stains could mean that your granite could use a coating of sealant. More on that later in this post.
Disinfecting your granite countertop – This is an optional step. To disinfect your countertop, use a 50-50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. Use a spray bottle to mist the entire surface of your granite countertop. Leave for about 5 minutes and then towel wipe and dry.
Adding shine – A neat little trick to make your granite countertop really shine is to use any cooking oil to buff it. The key is to use very little. Apply a few drops on a fresh and dry soft microfiber towel and buff it into your granite, one small area at a time. Reapply oil as and when your towel runs dry. The very light oil coating will not only give your granite countertops a brilliant shine, but also further protect it against stains. Use very little oil. If your countertop is oily or slippery to the touch after this buffing, you have used too much oil.
Common Granite Countertop Cleaning and Maintenance Errors
Sometimes, it helps more to know what not to do than what to do. This especially applies to how you care for your granite countertops.
Granite countertop cleaning and maintenance DONT’S
- Do not use steel scrubbers or steel wool scrubbers. Resist the urge to scrub away stains with these scrubbers. They will leave scratches on your precious countertop!
- Do not use popular homemade cleaners like vinegar, lime etc. Homemade cleaning solutions are usually great as they are organic. But, when it comes to granite, vinegar, lime, lemon or citrus cleaning solutions are all a no-no. They all contain citric acids that can cause your granite to etch and look damaged. These acidic cleaning solutions also strip away the sealant on your granite countertop, making it susceptible to more staining
- Do not use ammonia based cleaners like Windex, Lysol and others – This is another common error. Besides potentially damaging your granite countertops by etching it, such cleaning solutions will also leave chemical residues that can mix with food you prepare and consume off your granite countertops
- Do not use bleach
- Do not use disinfecting wipes. It’s very convenient to use disinfecting wipes to quickly disinfect your granite countertop. But, most disinfectant wipes contain citric acid that will harm your granite, especially when you use them regularly!
- Do not use your granite countertop as a cutting board!
General Granite Countertop Maintenance Tips
- Clean up spills with a towel or sponge as and when they happen
- Blot up spills instead of wiping and spreading the stain on your granite countertop
- Use coasters
- Use trivets to avoid letting hot containers come in contact with your granite countertop
- Avoid storing containers like oil containers that are prone to leaks and drips onto your stone countertop
Sealing Your Granite Countertop
Depending on the type of granite you have chosen and how often you use your granite countertops, it might be required for you to seal your countertop every 6 months to two years. Sealing protects your granite against staining.
How do I know when my kitchen countertop requires sealing?
Take a little water and pour it onto your granite countertops. After 5 minutes, check to see if the water remains beaded or pooled on top of your granite countertops, like when you first poured it. If it stays beaded, your countertop is still sealed. If however the water has partially or fully sunk in, it is time for a sealing.
How to seal a granite countertop?
Buy any quality brand of granite sealer. Every manufacturer’s instructions will vary slightly. But, the steps below are usually what is recommended to properly seal a granite countertop.
- Clean and dry your granite countertop
- Spray the sealant and let it sit for 3-5 minutes
- Spray the sealant a second time and let it sit for another 30 minutes
- Use a fresh and soft microfiber towel to wipe off excess sealant that remains
- Your granite countertop sealing is done!
2022 has been a year where the use of white granites have been trending all over the world. One white granite in particular has seen significantly more demand than the others – We are of course talking about Viscount White Granite. Order Wholesale Viscount White Granite blocks and slabs.
Viscount White Granite – All You Need to Know about this Stunning White Granite
Where does Viscount White Granite come from?
Viscount White granite is exclusively found in India. Quarries in Southern India, particularly in the state of Andhra Pradesh, have rich reserves of high-quality Viscount White Granite. We at Katti-Ma granite have exclusive access to these quarries in the district of Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh. We specialize in delivering both Viscount White granite rough blocks and slabs to customers all around the world.
This white granite with grey veins is simply stunning to look at. Customers around the world love to use this stone as countertops for the kitchen, bathrooms and even in general areas of the home. It is also becoming quite a popular choice as outdoor granite material as well. Used as wall cladding and in building facades, Viscount White granite can quickly add grandeur and sophistication to almost any architecture. Besides being beautiful and one-of-a-kind, Viscount White granite is also very durable, making it a practical choice as a kitchen countertop.
Viscount White granite goes by many names and spelling variations. Some of the most popular names for it include; Bianco Viscont White, Viscont White, Viskont, Wiscount White and sometimes even VW granite.
Viscount White Granite Colours and Aesthetics
As mentioned earlier, Viscount White is a white granite with swirly grey veins. However, these swirls can sometimes be white or even black in colour. What’s very unique about Viscount White is how the patterns change from slab to slab. The chaotic variations from slab to slab is what actually makes this a very desirable granite for use in interior spaces. It’s a granite with a lot of character.
The patterns on Viscount White Granite can sometimes even vary quite differently in the same slab. Patterns on slabs can also vary depending on how the Viscount White granite rough block is cut.
Another reason why Viscount White is very popular is because it is a much more cost-effective alternative to marble countertops. It is particularly sought after an alternative to the very expensive Calacatta marble.
Viscount White Durability
Viscount White granite is very durable as it is a dense granite. The high-density often means that the stone has very little or even no fissure lines. The higher density also makes this granite less absorbent than most granites. Less absorbency of course means that it is more stain resistant than most light granites out there.
On a hardness scale, Viscount White granite comes in at 7 on the Mohs scale, making it a very hard and durable granite. Is Viscount White granite also heat resistant? The answer is yes, Viscount White is a heat resistant granite. One will have no problems using it to house stovetops where a lot of cooking is to be done.
Being a very hard granite, Viscount White is also quite scratch resistant. This again makes it a very practical choice as a kitchen countertop material.
Viscount White Granite Maintenance
Being a very dense granite, Viscount White will not need much of maintenance at all! But, sealing granite countertops made out of this material will help prolong and maintain the luster and beauty of this exotic white granite. Sealing is recommended once every year. Everyday maintenance simply requires a good wipe-down with a damp cloth dipped in water. One must avoid cleaning Viscount White granite with chemical cleaning solutions such as Windex. In fact, you must avoid chemical cleaning of any granite. If you must use cleaning solutions, look for granite-safe cleaning solutions and also test such solutions on a small area of your Viscount White granite countertop first.
Viscount White Finishes
Viscount White is available as either a polished surface or as a leathered surface. A polished finish is the most sought-after finish for this granite. But a leather finish has its uses and appeal as well, often used alongside polished Viscount White, to offer a bit of contrast.
There are other finish styles for Viscount White granite. They are; flamed, honed, brushed or bush hammered. But these finishes are not nearly as popular as the polished or leathered finish styles.
Is Viscount White Granite Better than Quartz Countertops?
This is a debatable matter. First of all, Viscount White granite is less expensive that comparable Quartz countertops. Viscount White granite is also an all-natural stone, while quartz is not entirely natural. Quartz countertops do however generally outperform granites when it comes to stain resistance. But with Viscount White being a very dense granite, the difference in this aspect is quite negligible. In other words, if you like the unique look of Viscount White granite, there’s no reason why you must pass on it for a Quartz countertop!
Viscount White Sizes
We at Katti-Ma Granite can provide you with wholesale Viscount White granite in any size you need. From shipping whole rough blocks to Gangsaw slabs (260×160 cm) to cutter slabs (180×60 cms), we can have your Viscount White granite delivered to you in 30 days or even less, in any port of your choice, almost anywhere in the world. Our Viscount White slabs are available in 2 and 3 cm variations. We also accept custom size orders.
Please see our Viscount White Granite product page for more details.
Why is Viscount White Granite so popular?
- Affordable – A great cost-effective alternative to marble, offering the same luxurious aesthetics. Also cheaper than aesthetically comparable quartz granites
- Heat-resistant – Making it an ideal countertop surface for a kitchen environment
- Stain-resistant – Viscount White is one of the most stain-resistant light granites out there
- Outdoor friendly – Can endure sunlight and UV exposure, without fading, for a long time
- Scratch-resistant – Can easily fend off nicks and cuts from knives, utensils and glass
Nền kinh tế xây dựng đang bùng nổ của Việt Nam đã cho thấy nhu cầu lớn về đá hoa cương. Trong đó, nhu cầu về đá hoa cương đỏ và đen của Ấn Độ là đặc biệt cao. Đá hoa cương Ấn Độ có đặc điểm là chắc chắn, độc đáo và quan trọng nhất là rất tiết kiệm chi phí. Nó cũng rất dễ bảo trì nên vô cùng phù hợp cho một thị trường mới nổi như Việt Nam.
Katti-Ma Granite là nhà xuất khẩu khối và phiến đá hoa cương bán buôn hàng đầu đến từ Ấn Độ, có trụ sở tại Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Ấn Độ. Chúng tôi sở hữu các mỏ đá và cũng có nhà máy chế biến phiến đá và tượng đài bằng đá hoa cương của riêng mình. Với hơn 40 năm kinh nghiệm phục vụ thị trường Mỹ, Canada, Úc, Trung Quốc, Đài Loan và nhiều thị trường quốc tế khác, chúng tôi hiện đã bắt đầu cung ứng sản phẩm cho thị trường Việt Nam.
Và, đây là các loại đá hoa cương Ấn Độ màu đỏ và đen vô cùng thu hút và độc quyền của chúng tôi.
Đá hoa cương Ấn Độ màu đỏ của chúng tôi
Đá hoa cương màu ngọc trai đỏ (Red Pearl)
Red Pearl là một trong những loại đá hoa cương đỏ giúp tiết kiệm chi phí của chúng tôi. Nó có thành phần màu sắc cân bằng độc đáo giữa màu đỏ sẫm với các vòng xoáy và hạt màu xám đậm. Loại đá hoa cương này là một sự lựa chọn rất phổ biến để sử dụng cho cầu thang, mặt tiền hoặc để ốp tường. Giống như Chilli Red, Đá hoa cương Red Pearl của chúng tôi cũng rất dễ bảo dưỡng.
Đá hoa cương Ấn Độ màu đen của chúng tôi
Ấn Độ có đá hoa cương đen tốt nhất trên thế giới. Và Katti-Ma Granite sở hữu bộ sưu tập chọn lọc kỹ lưỡng những loại đá hoa cương đen cao cấp nhất từ những mỏ đá hàng đầu ở Nam Ấn Độ. Một trong số những loại đá hoa cương đen nổi tiếng nhất của chúng tôi là đá Black Galaxy, India Black, India Mist, Black Forest, G20 và Regal Black.
Vui lòng xem bảng giá đá hoa cương đen Ấn Độ của chúng tôi trong hình bên dưới.
Đặt hàng từ Katti-Ma Granite
Vui lòng liên hệ với chúng tôi thông qua Zalo bằng cách bấm vào nút chat bên dưới. Katti-Ma Granite có thể cung cấp đá hoa cương đỏ hoặc đen cho quý khách trong vòng 15 ngày kể từ ngày đặt hàng. Cần hàng mẫu? Vui lòng yêu cầu hàng mẫu qua Zalo và chúng tôi sẽ gửi mẫu cho bạn chỉ sau khoảng 5 ngày.
Chúng tôi có nguồn cung cấp đá hoa cương đỏ và đen chất lượng gần như không giới hạn và hoàn toàn đủ năng lực để trở thành nhà cung cấp bán buôn đá hoa cương đỏ và đen trường kỳ cho doanh nghiệp hoặc mối làm ăn của bạn. Chúng tôi có thể gửi hàng đến Hải Phòng, Đà Nẵng, Qui Nhơn, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh và các cảng khác. Để đặt hàng, vui lòng liên hệ qua Zalo.
Black Galaxy granite is the quintessential choice of granite stone for both residential as well as commercial building projects. The iconic gold specks hurtling through a black background mimic an expansive galaxy, giving this famous granite its signature name and worldwide appeal. Robust in build and very easy to maintain, it also has the ability to seamlessly blend into almost any exterior and interior design theme.
Saudi Arabian customers looking for wholesale Black Galaxy Granite now have access to this high quality and versatile granite from Katti-Ma Granite (India), a 40-year-old leader in the field of wholesale granite exports to all parts of the world.
Learn more about how and why you must source Black Galaxy from Katti-Ma Granite.
Why Choose Katti-Ma Granite for your Black Galaxy Granite Needs in Saudi Arabia?
Katti-Ma Granite Owns and Operates Its Own Granite Factory, Capable of Delivering Rough Blocks and Slabs
Katti-Ma Granite offers a distinctive cost and logistics advantage because we own our own granite factory, in the port city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Besides being equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for granite rough block processing, we also have a granite monument wing capable of cutting rough blocks into granite slabs.
So, whether you need Black Galaxy Rough Blocks or Slabs, we at Katti-Ma have the ability to deliver exactly that, at very competitive prices and in expedited time frames, as explained further below.
Competitive Black Galaxy Granite Pricing
Our long-term and exclusive sourcing arrangements with one of the biggest and best Black Galaxy granite quarries in India, streamlined transport and delivery logistic systems and the use of our own port-based factory in Chennai gives us the edge when it comes to pricing. Below is an indication of current Black Galaxy granite prices customers in Saudi Arabia can expect to pay when ordering from us.
Black Galaxy Granite Prices in Saudi Arabia
|FOB Prices (Chennai / Vizag Port)|
|Cutter Size (16 mm)||Gangsaw Size (20 mm)|
|Price per sq.mt|
|$27 to $35||$41 to $68|
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Single Quarry Source – Consistent and Ongoing Availability of Quality Black Galaxy Granite
Katti-Ma has exclusive access to the best and biggest quarry for Black Galaxy granite in India, situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Whether you need just one or two containers of Black Galaxy Granite in Saudi Arabia or are in need of a much larger consignment that needs to be delivered on regular or scheduled basis, we can deliver, month after month, year after year.
A single quarry source allows us to deliver consistent quality, pricing and availability.
15 to 30 Day Black Galaxy Granite Delivery to Saudi Arabia
With 40 years of experience, we at Katti-Ma Granite have the ability to deliver your consignment of Black Galaxy Granite to Saudi Arabia in as little as 15 days from the date of order. Delivery timelines can however vary between 15 to 30 days, depending on a few factors such as time taken for government clearance and also based on usual vagaries in sailing and port transit times.
No-Risk Letter of Credit Payment Process
Buy with confidence using a Letter of Credit from your bank. Your funds deposited in your own bank are cleared and transferred to us ONLY after your consignment of Black Galaxy Granite has satisfactorily reached your port of choice in Saudi Arabia.
We Ship to Multiple Ports in Saudi Arabia
We are currently able to immediately ship to Dammam, Jizan or the Dhuba port in Saudi Arabia. Other ports can be serviced as well. Please contact us for more details.
We Have Other Blacks and Other Exclusive Colours
Need more than just Black Galaxy Granite? Katti-Ma can be your one-stop-shop for granites in many more shades of black and other colours. Below is a sampling of other granite colours available at Katti-Ma. To see our full range, please see our entire range of granite rough blocks and granite slabs.
Our Other Black Granite
Our Exclusive Colour Granite
About Katti-Ma Granite
Katti-Ma Granite is a multiple-time award winning exporter of whole granite blocks, slabs, monuments and granite art. Over 40 years, we have developed long-lasting relationships with customers all around the world, including customers in USA, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, China & more. You can learn more about us here.
Wall cladding is a skin or insulation on the wall of a building and interior space. The word cladding means layering a material over another material. Wall cladding is used on buildings to reduce the thermal degree in the interior space and protect the building from adverse effects of climatic conditions and ageing.
WHY IS GRANITE USED FOR WALL CLADDING?
Wall cladding has become a popular choice for moderations in interior walls and exterior. Wall cladding is done using different materials like natural stone, wooden panels, glass or mirror, vinyl, aluminium and artificial stones. Even so, natural stone always comes as a first preference due to its good adaptation capability. The best choice for wall cladding among natural stones is granite, as they have good properties to resist devastating conditions in a measurable unit than other natural stones like marble, limestone and sandstone. Granite resists moisture and it increases the mechanical strength of the structure. It also acts as a thermal insulator and has a good sound absorption property which makes it an excellent choice for exterior walls.
Now let’s see what are the key benefits of using granite for wall cladding
BENEFIT 1: STRUCTURAL STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
Granites are the most preferred stones when it comes to wall cladding. The main reason why people often choose granite is its hardness and resistance properties. Wall cladding offers a good structural strength to buildings. On tower buildings, it is always better to use a sturdy stone like granite for wall cladding, especially on exterior walls. Granite protects the cement wall and prevents the formation of cracks in a thermal environment. Un-finished or finished granites can be used on walls as they resist moisture better than other natural stones. Granite also doesn’t fade upon the exposure to UV- rays. Granite is considered as an auspicious stone and is used in temple structures that are built to last for eternity. The Brihadeswara Temple located at thanjavur, TamilNadu is one such structure that proves the durability of granite.
BENEFIT 2: SUSTAINABLE CONDITIONS
Along with modernisation, it is vital that we focus on building a harmonious relation with our ecosystem. We are living in a world where everything is in the process of being sustainable. Commercial projects, these days, are working on energy-efficient methods. Now let’s understand what role does granite play in these sustainable projects. Granite has the efficiency to adopt heat and therefore are used in solar plates, which are installed on roofs to generate electricity. Granites also act as thermal insulators when used in wall cladding for interior and exterior walls. The incident light from the sun falling on a building in the morning and afternoon emits thermal energy which is stored in between the gaps of wall cladding. This energy will then act as a natural heater during night in cold areas. Even though they are mined from mother earth they don’t cause any disturbance to the environment. Using mined blocks for wall cladding offers a wide range of advantages like eliminating the use of paints and shielding the soil from possible damage that could arise as a result of the deterioration of man-made panels.
Fig 1. Granite solar cell, Cladon blue
Fig 2. Granite Slab used as thermal insulator on exterior or interior wall
BENEFIT 3: AESTHETICS
When it comes to the aesthetic appeal of a building, there is nothing that can add a touch of elegance to the building better than a natural stone like granite. Granites are the most commonly used material for wall cladding. They come in different finishes like sawn, honed, polished and flamed. They provide an elegant and seamless look to tower projects. Katti-ma, as a proud quarry owner, offers natural stones of different colours like red granite, blue granite, black granite, grey granite and white granite. We have also worked on multiple tower projects with our wide variety of stones.
BENEFIT 4: MAINTENANCE
Maintenance is the main element of all types of projects. Only a well-maintained material can stay durable. That’s why you should always choose the right material for your interiors and exteriors. It’s proven that granite is the best option available for wall cladding in the market. Granite has amazing properties that make it durable. The stone adapts well to all weather conditions and doesn’t fade easily. Its hard surface protects it from abrasions. The maintenance is also a very simple process. The walls are usually washed with a pressure washer and in rainy areas, nature does the job for you.
INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR WALL CLADDING
The first step in the installation process is to measure. The area on which the granites are to be installed is measured and the stone requirement is calculated accordingly. The area is calculated in square feet or square metre for flat surface by multiplying the width and the height. The area of windows and door jams are calculated in running feet or running metre.
⦁ Solid foundation
The foundation is a highly considered factor while installing a stone cladding surface. It’s advised to construct the building with brick or concrete. The stone can be installed on the building surface in three different ways. The first method is using adhesive to stick them directly on the wall. The second method is creating an insulator layer supported with heavy duty aluminium clamps. The third method is directly clamping with a heavy holding clamp on the wall with a minimum of 30mm air gap. In case the foundation is an existing structure, it must be cleaned, levelled, and reinforced.
⦁ Prepare the surface
The surface preparation has to be done before installation. For the first method, the wall is made even and rough which gives a good bonding strength and in the same process all the contaminating materials like paint and wax oil are removed. In the second and third methods, the clamps are bolted to the wall and for the same, the wall should be made smooth and painted with a primer to avoid rust of fasteners and bolts.
⦁ Prepare the stone layout
The stones to be installed are kept ready and their arrangement is also planned in advance by variations denoting either of V1, V2, V3 and V4. Based on the method used to lay the stones on the wall, the stones are arranged on the ground based on their size, texture, thickness and colour.
⦁ Quality adhesive/ Clamps
The quality of the adhesive is very important for the bonding of the stone with the concrete wall. There are several stone adhesives available in the market. If the right adhesive is not chosen, there is a chance of the material losing its adhesive strength and falling apart over a time period. A notched trowel is used to apply the adhesive to the back of the stone. The adhesive is evenly spread on the stone and is then pressed firmly against the wall.
For the clamping process, the clamps should be of aluminium base to avoid rust conditions, the fastening screws should be made of stainless steel.
The layering method should always start from the left or right corners towards the centre of the wall. To check the wall calibration, use spirit level and check if the cladding is vertically and horizontally equal.
Once the stone cladding is installed, the gaps need to be filled to avoid moisture and contaminants. There are two types of grouting one is epoxy grouting and the other is gypsum grouting. Epoxy grouting is recommended for exterior wall cladding as it prevents moisture and water from entering the gaps. The gaps are cleaned and the grout is filled with matching cladding stones. Let the grout dry and before it hardens make sure the joints are cleaned for excess material with a scraper and a striking stick.
The final step is to dust the entire area and clean the excess grouting. The next process is to apply a good quality sealer to ensure the durability of the stones. Sealing is essential for exteriors exposed to humidity and moisture or bathrooms with high humidity.
Granite and Quartz have been part of a long running debate of which one is better than the other. Even though the answer is too obvious, it is imperative to support this answer with a thorough comparison of the properties of Granite and Quartz.
Granite is an igneous rock formed by quartz, feldspar & mica. It’s hard enough to resist abrasions and strong enough to bear significant weight. It can also resist weathering and can accept a brilliant polish. They are directly mined from the quarries and are cut into slabs of different measurements based on the requirements of customers.
Quartz is termed as an engineered stone or man-made stone. It falls under the category of natural stone, as it’s manufactured by mixing earthed natural quartz and polymer resins.
Now that we know the basic points that distinguish granite from quartz, let’s move on to the facts that prove granite is in every way a better option than quartz.
So, we have a question here! If you’re to build your dream home, what would you prefer for your kitchen top, benchtop, island counter and wall cladding, an artistic and durable stone or something that’s just ravishing in terms of looks? Undoubtedly, it’s going to be a durable stone. Granite, being a naturally formed material, has good properties and good rating on Mohs hardness index. The hardness of granite makes it easy to give a long-lasting glossy finish to its surface. Granite can withstand high temperatures and other adverse conditions. You’ll be surprised to know that quartz lacks these amazing properties to some extent. A hot pan can literally burn the surface of a quartz countertop. The reason behind the low heat resistance of quartz is epoxy resin, which is a bad conductor of heat. Granites are also widely used for invisible cooktops due to its high resistance to heat.
2. Ease of maintenance
While choosing a material for your residential or commercial project, it’s always important to consider the maintenance which will consume both your time and money. Porosity is considered as an important property of granites. Some granite materials need to be protected from stains that penetrate due to its porous nature. A good quality sealant can be used to avoid this stain penetration. If you think of it, you’ll understand that spending some time sealing the granite is much better than having a quartz countertop that easily melts upon exposure to high temperatures. You’ll also have to spend a fortune to fix the damaged area.
You can’t deny the fact that aesthetics is one among the many elements you want to see in your house or commercial buildings. A natural stone like granite can give an aesthetically pleasing look to your wall claddings and benchtops. Granite comes in a huge range of colours and patterns. In some countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, China and the Middle east, granite is considered as a symbol of social status. They use the stone in the interior and exterior decor of their residence. Granites come in different colour ranges like, blue granite, red granite, black granite, pink granite and grey granite. Talking about the sizes in which granites are available, the rough blocks directly mined from the quarry are cut into gang saw size or cutter size based on the customer’s preference. Granites are available in different surface finishes in the market like, honed finish, leather finish and polished finish. Quartz are cheaper stones and can’t be sculptured to the required model or shape and its surface can’t be polished to high gloss or any other texture as of granite. The range of colours in which quartz is available is very poor and it’s also not as aesthetically pleasing as granite.
At first, it’d appear as if quartz causes less environmental degradation. But when you actually think of the processes involved in the production of both the stones, you’ll realise that quartz is more dangerous to the environment than granite. As both the stones are natural stones, both of them are mined from quarries. But quartz poses the real threat as it undergoes additional processings to mix the polymer resin which is a chemically hazardous material to use on countertops.
5. Negligible fading issues
Direct exposure to sunlight can easily fade a quartz surface and can change the properties of the resin which tends to lose the artificial shine over a particular period. This is why granite is widely used in exterior works like landscaping, monuments, staircases, and wall cladding.
At Katti-ma, we offer a wide range of granites in different colours, and some of them are exclusively available at Katti-ma. We are proud owners and distributors of the exotic Costa Dakota, Cladon Blue, Steel Blue, Red Pearl, Elephant Grey granites. We also have – Indian black, Black Pearl, Hassan Green, River White, Black Fantasy, Viscont White, Black Galaxy, Sera Grey, Steel Grey, Bahama Blue, Indian Mahogany, Paradiso, Blue Pearl, Catseye Brown, Kovai Gold, South African Dark Grey, Regal Black, SG Black, Samantha Blue. The range is constantly expanding with the addition of more colours.
Red is a colour of positivity and health. Red Granite, with its exquisite properties, has already made its name known in the construction industry. Enormous range of patterns and colourful compounds of red granite are found in nature. It can easily adapt to different finishes, which makes it stand out from all other granites. It’s used for both interior and exterior structures like benchtop, table top and wall cladding. Katti-ma group is the largest quarry owner & exporter of economically viable red granite in South India. We fall under the top 10 exporters of red granite in major countries like the USA, Australia, Canada, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Here are the 6 reasons why you should use Red Granite
Reason 1: Durability
The Red Granite has a high glossy finish and wear resistance with a rating of 6 on Mohs Hardness Index. As it has excellent resistance to different weather conditions, Red Granite is widely used in open spaces like high traffic pavements, airports, temple & religious projects, facades & walkways as it’s easy to maintain and adds up a ravishing look. In China & South East Asia, Red Granite is the go-to colour for staircases, raisers & countertops in residential projects. Because of its auspiciousness, Red Granite is used for Puja rooms & entry verandah in Indian homes.
Reason 2: Auspisionness & Culture
Red is China’s national color. It is also the most auspicious color used across the Chinese mainland. Hence, Red Granite is a popular choice in Chinese for Buildings & Worship places. It is also used extensively inside homes for staircases, raisers & all countertops. Red and gold are synonymous with prosperity in Asia. In India, red is considered as a very auspicious color and is widely used for rituals in worship places. Red Granite also makes a perfect building facade and beautifies high maintenance areas such as walkways, airports.
Reason 3: Vibrance
The red is always termed as a colour which blends with any background in the interior space. The Red Granite is available in shades ranging from dark to light in the natural stone market based on the resources. They are of different finishes like honed finish, leather finish & polished finish, which makes red granite rich in its look and feel. The stones are quarried from the mines and cut into Gangsaw or cutter size based on the client’s requirement.
Reason 4: Natural material with Zero Carbon emission
Red granite is a variety of Alkali feldspar granite, they are rich in the mineral potassium feldspar (K-spar). It’s a dense rock with a phaneritic texture. Red granite is found in 22 countries and the major resources are obtained from China, India, The USA, Russia and Brazil. Unlike artificial tiles & engineered stone, it is formed naturally and does not impact the environment in any way.
Reason 5: Usage & life
The properties of Red Granite are not much different from other granites like blue granite, black granite, white granite, grey granite etc. The most enthralling properties of Red Granite are its elegance, durability and porosity. What makes granite the most desirable stone in the construction field is its resistance to abrasions, easy maintenance, seamless finish, unique pattern and acceptance to changing weather conditions.
Reason 6: Outdoor Usage & Memorialization
Red granite is really hard and highly porous making it last for years & decades without any damage and therefore, it is extensively used to build monuments. The Veterans War memorial project in the USA uses granite to preserve the history that gets engraved on the stone. Granite possesses a unique capability of passing the tales of past generations & civilizations to different generations.