How to use granite in decoration with tips from architects

How to use granite in decoration with tips from architects

Granilite is a cementitious coating composed of particles of natural stones. The material is very versatile and can be used to decorate various environments. Follow the article to know the advantages and disadvantages of granilite. Also, take advantage of the architects’ tips!

What is Granite?

Architects Alexia Kaori and Juliana Stendard, founders of Urutau Arquitetura were invited to talk a little more about granilite. They explained that this “material is composed of a cement base and particles of natural stones. Both the cement base and the fragments of natural stones can have different colors”. This characteristic directly implies the way the coating is made. In addition, the average value of granilite varies between R$46 and R$68 per square meter.

How is granite made?

According to the architects, granite is an easy material to apply. “The particles are added to the concrete mass and the mixture is applied to the site. The material is then molded in situ (on site) and can be applied to a variety of surfaces. For example, floors, walls, countertops, etc. After drying, it is possible to finish the surface with polish, in addition to resins and enamels with glossy or matte finishes”, they said.Because of this type of application, the material is “very durable and easy to maintain”. However, for very large areas, the architects recommended “the use of expansion joints, usually metallic, to avoid cracks”.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Granite

Before choosing a type of coating, it is important to know the material to know if it fits your needs. The architects Alexia and Juliana listed the main advantages and disadvantages of granilite. Check out!

Benefits

  • High durability: “due to its components, granilite resists weather and impacts well”.
  • Different shades and sizes of granules: “rock fragments can have different shades and sizes, which form different textures”.
  • Finishing options for different surfaces: “walls, floors, countertops, etc”. For example, the polished finish is not ideal for wet environments. The natural finish is perfect for a rustic style.
  • Interesting texture to enhance the environment: the grainy appearance “combines easily with other elements in architecture or decoration”.
  • Timeless: “despite being a current trend, it has been used for many years in Brazil and can be used without being outdated”.

Disadvantages

  • Specialized labor: “both for execution and maintenance, it is recommended to hire professionals specialized in granilite”.
  • High cost in traditional companies: “some specialized professionals may have a higher cost due to years of experience in the field”.
  • Susceptible to fissures and cracks: “small cracks in the cement base are common in this type of material”.
  • Lengthy lead time: “curing granilitis takes days, so it’s not suitable for short timeframes”.
  • Higher cost in small areas: “Some companies do not carry out small projects and start from a minimum price per project. This makes the service more expensive per square meter.”

These points must be considered when deciding whether or not to use granilite in your project. However, before making your choice, how about seeing some ideas of this coating in decoration?

40 photos of granilite that show all the beauty of this material

When decorating using a particular type of coating, you need to think about style and colors. So, check out some projects that demonstrate the versatility of granilite and will inspire your decor.

1. Granite is a very versatile material

DUDA SENNA ARCHITECTURE

2. It is composed by the union of several materials

BIANCHI & LIMA ARCHITECTURE

3. Among them, the cement base

BIANCHI & LIMA ARCHITECTURE

4. And a mixture of natural stones

ARCHITECT BARBARA DUNDES

5. This gives the coating an amazing look

ARCHITECT BARBARA DUNDES

6. What stands out in the decoration

DUDA SENNA ARCHITECTURE

7. With versatility of colors and styles

BIANCHI & LIMA ARCHITECTURE

8. After all, the cement base can be pigmented as you prefer

BIANCHI & LIMA ARCHITECTURE

9. In addition, the finish can be polished

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

10. There are options for various environments

DUDA SENNA ARCHITECTURE

11. Like the granilite on the wall

HOUSE 11

12. This gives the space a new look

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

13. A detail makes all the difference

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

14. Rest can be used to highlight decor elements

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

15. Like this gray bathroom

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

16. Granilite has another positive point

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

17. What is high strength?

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

18. Also, maintenance is easy

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

19. Durability is long

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

20. And the result is wonderful

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

21. Beauty and functionality are guaranteed

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

22. In the kitchen, granite shines

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

23. And it’s a deal for the stands

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

24. For it is not porous like some stones

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

25. Granule size may vary

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

26. Some are very visible

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

27. And others are barely noticeable

ARBOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

28. Delicate and elegant

ARCH PATRICIA POMERANTZEFF

29. Colored beads are a charm

ARCHITECT BARBARA DUNDES

30. The application of this material requires specialized labor

ARCHITECT BARBARA DUNDES

31. The curing of the material can take several days

ROOM2 ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

32. Therefore, think about the project schedule

SP STUDIO ARCHITECTURE

33. Deadlines need to be a little longer

HOUSE 2 ARCHITECTS

34. After all, nobody likes delays in construction

SP STUDIO ARCHITECTURE

35. The wait is so worth it

SP STUDIO ARCHITECTURE

36. For you will have a decoration for a long time

ROOM2 ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

37. Without getting outdated

SP STUDIO ARCHITECTURE

38. For granilite is timeless

SP STUDIO ARCHITECTURE

39. So, enjoy the inspirations

ARCHITECTURE OBJECT

40. And you can bet on this coating

HOUSE 2 ARCHITECTS

Granilite is increasingly in fashion. Regardless of the colors and styles chosen, it is very versatile and can be used in various parts of the house. Take the opportunity to discover a super modern coating, the stone wall .