How Marble and Granite Are Quarried

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How Marble and Granite Are Quarried

Ever since ancient times, marble was extracted from the Apuan Alps. However, it’s not the only place in the world where marble can be found. And throughout the years, the extraction techniques used to quarry marble and granite have also evolved. Marble is a mate-morphic rock which is formed when limestone is exposed to high pressures and temperatures. It forms under such conditions because calcite forming the limestone recrystallizes, forming a dense rock.


Granite, however, takes a different approach to being quarried than marble does. Due to the structure of granite, it isn’t quarried by blasting, as this would shatter the material. Instead two methods are used:


  • Drilling; and
  • Jet piercing.


These techniques are used to cut the granite out of the quarry. By drilling vertical holes about an inch apart to the desired depth, the granite that remains between the holes is then removed by secondary drilling.


Partner with Top Rock for The Best Quality Marble and Granite in South Africa


At Top Rock, we produce quality marble and granite kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities for South Africa’s modern and eclectic homes. We are expert craftsmen bringing a combined 35 years’ industry experience to every project that we undertake. We manufacture and install custom kitchen and bathroom countertops, with the potential of transforming spaces into an experience.


Throughout the years, we have worked hard to grow our reputation, and we continue to take pride in our ability to interpret and translate our clients’ artistic vision into custom made, practical interior design solutions. We have been servicing our valued South African clientele for well over 15 years, and we continue to provide an inimitable service to our clients.


When you partner with us, you can rest assured that only the very finest materials are used to manufacture our products. This includes marble and granite, and other highly sought after engineered stones, which include Samsung Stone, Caesar stone and Quarella, to name a few. To learn more about us, contact us today, and look forward to us breathing life into your artistic vision.