Granite is the rock most often quarried as a "dimension stone" (a natural rock material that has been cut into blocks or slabs of specific length, width and thickness). Granite is hard enough to resist most abrasion, strong enough to bear significant weight, inert enough to resist weathering and it accepts a brilliant polish. These characteristics make it a very desirable and useful dimension stone.
Granite has been used for thousands of years in both interior and exterior applications. Rough-cut and polished granite is used in buildings, bridges, paving, monuments and many other exterior projects. Indoors, polished granite slabs and tiles are used in countertops, tile floors, stair treads and many other practical and decorative features.
Many people use natural stone tiles, countertops, and slabs to decorate and enhance their homes. Many of these same people, however, may not realize that stone moldings are also available that can complement their backsplashes, shower surrounds, and fireplace hearths. Stone moldings come in many of the same shapes and sizes that traditional wood and ceramic tile moldings come in, including rail moldings and pencil moldings, which means that they can be used nearly anywhere in the home to help increase the richness and depth of the décor.