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.