Balmoral Red Granite
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Synonyms: Balmora Red, Balmoral Red, Balmoral Rosso, Finnish Red, Red Balmoral, Rojo Balmoral, Rosso Balmoral, Rosso Finnlandia, Taivassalon Punainen
Location: Balmoral Red granite is quarried near Vehmaa-Taivassalo, Finland.
Description: Balmoral Red granite is a non-foliated, equigranular fine-grained, red granite of the Precambrian period, supposedly named after Balmoral Castle, Scotland. This stone internationally may be nominated as a granite and in the area of application of the European Standard this stone must be nominated as a granite. Ideal for both interior and exterior use, Balmoral Red granite is frost free and polish constant and a small sample is usually representative however there are several different quarries of Balmoral Red granite therefore for large projects and matching ensure all the raw material comes from the same quarry.
Mineral Composition: Potash Feldspar: 41%, Quartz: 36%, Plagioclase 16%, Amphibole: 7%
Technical and Physical Characteristics:
Tensile strength after freeze-thaw cycles: 1590 kg/cm2
Unitary modulus of bending tensile strength: 111 kg/cm2
Water imbibition coefficient: 0.002250
Mass by unit of volume: 2623 kg/m3
Granite: Granite is a common and widely occurring type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock. Granites are usually medium to coarse grained, occasionally with some individual crystals larger than the groundmass forming a rock known as porphyry. Granites can be pink to dark grey or even black, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy.