Granite Worktops

Granite Worktops

Granite is an igneous rock with grains large enough to be visible with the unaided eye. It forms from the slow crystallization of magma below Earth’s surface. Granite is composed mainly of quartz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica, amphiboles and other minerals. This mineral composition usually gives granite a black, red, pink, grey or white colour with dark mineral grains visible throughout the rock.
For those going for stronger worktop, granite is an excellent choice. It is beautiful and very long lasting because it is a completely solid stone worktop. Most granite worktop comes in a thickness of 20 or 30 mm. Granite can be found in a number of finishes, such as glossy and matt, and most will stand up well to scratches and other wear.
Shades range from light to dark, with darker being more constant in coloration. Typically a granite worktop is the heaviest of all work surfaces, and this can be a deterrent for some who live in an area that would make delivery and installation of such a workspace difficult.

Granite colours

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Advantages

  • Granite worktops don’t depreciate in value
  • It’s a one-of-a-kind, natural surface that has a unique look.
  • Granit adds value to your home.
  • It`s easy to clean with warm water and mild detergent.
  • Hardwearing. Variety of unique colours.

Disadvantages

  • Each slab of Granite is different, so it may not be a good choice if you prefer a completely uniform look.
  • Granite can be permanently stained if you seal it with a pre-existing stain.
  • It can crack when hit by a hard, sharp object like a meat cleaver.
  • Because it`s so heavy, granite often requires additional structure support, especially in spans and cantilevers.
  • Once glued onto the cabinet, granite is quite difficult to remove, and may result in damage to the cabinet.
  • More expensive than laminate.
  • Requires template & accurate measurements.
  • Joints are visible.
Care for Granite worktops

Avoid heat as it might expand slightly if heat is applied. Certain Granites may discolour either temporary or permanently if sufficient direct heat is applied. In order to avoid any disappointment just try to avoid placing hot pans or utensils directly on the surface.
Scratches- Granite is often described as scratch resistant, but again in order to avoid any damage do not chop directly if it doesn’t damage your worktop it might damages your knife.