The History of Granite

Granite Rocks

Granite is believed to have been formed 300 million years ago, deep underground and makes up the main component of the earths crust, making it just about the toughest, most durable material for your landscaping needs. There is a tougher material out there, diamond, however resurfacing your driveway or laying your patio with diamonds will not be as cost effective as granite setts and may well raise a few eyebrows with the neighbours. The colours of the stone, various shades of pinks, greys, yellows, blacks and whites are the result of minerals in the rock, which give this wonderful material a unique and interesting appearance.

A granite rock

Granite setts, as we know them today, first began to appear in the nineteenth century, being quarried roughly square or rectangular. The two classic sizes being 100x100x100mm (4inch square in old money) or 200x100x100mm. They began to be used in areas where there was a need for a hard surface, often replacing smaller less even cobblestones, what we may sometimes refer to today to as beech cobbles, beautiful, but requiring more maintenance due to their uneven nature. Granite setts can be tightly packed together creating a very stable patterned surface.

Granite has a number of applications, because of its durability and beauty, especially when it has weathered for some time, it is the ideal product for exterior applications on buildings, bridges and monuments. The durability of the stone makes it a sensible choice for areas where there is a high volume of traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle. The strength of the stone allows it to support very heavy weights, all over the world you can find granite setts or cobbles having been used in towns and city centres, admirable coping with the massive trucks and wagons of today just like the granite cobbles coped with the horse and cart before them. It would be easy to think that this robust product be best suited in industrial settings but the stone is versatile, it can be polished, sand blasted, sawn or split naturally and can find a home in almost any environment, from a beautifully polished kitchen worktop to a meandering cottage garden pathway of granite setts. It is colourful and interesting without being vulgar, offering style and quality, equally at home in both traditional situations, such as a farmhouse cobble courtyard, a small seating area in a classic country garden, or a modern contemporary property to break up the clean lines. Granite can be used on an elegant driveway to a manor house, in civic settings as cobbled streets, used as granite kerbstones, or as steps leading to either a gothic cathedral or a garden shed. Patterns with the granite setts can be created in meeting places such as communal areas making use of the different sizes and colours. Whether there are just a few or a few hundred square meters this product displays quality.

At Granite Setts Direct we understand that because of its vast array of uses, it can be confusing to purchase a product that comes in so many colours and sizes. With this in mind we have tried to keep things as simple as possible. We have chosen colours and sizes that can be used for a variety of applications, our light grey, medium grey and black granite setts can all be used together in the same area or on their own. They will create a stunning effect, weathering beautifully, giving years of pleasure. Alternatively they can be used in conjunction with other forms of landscaping materials, for example Limestone, sandstone or slate. Equally suited as simple, classic edging stones or intricate patterns being incorporated into adventurous designs.

We are passionate about providing a quality product at affordable prices, we offer a personal service that can be tailored to your individual needs. Whatever your ideas, we can help.