Often found in quarries in North and South America, as well as in some regions of Europe, granite is a completely natural, volcanic rock that is cut to-size and finely polished to give a beautiful, non-porous finish. It is stronger than most other commonly-used countertop materials, making it ideal for everyday kitchen use.
While granite might be less customisable in terms of final aesthetic, due to the expertly-polished finish, granite offers a sleek and modern feature to any family kitchen, allowing you to make a bold statement in your home. Granite is often available in a variety of colours, with natural marbling giving each piece a distinct look – and as a naturally-occurring mineral, each slab of granite is entirely unique, with the earth tones finishing any room off perfectly.
Granite can be a highly affordable high-quality option for your kitchen worktops, depending on the style and thickness of your chosen surface. While not cheap - compared to other materials such as wood or laminate - it is very long-lasting, meaning that it will save you money in the long-run (and adds great resale value to your house).
More than this, granite is largely popular due to its’ easy to clean and easy to maintain nature, simply requiring a quick, daily wipe-down with warm soapy water or a gentle antibacterial spray to keep it pristine. Discolouring, water damage and bacteria build-up is highly unlikely with granite – particularly if the surface is polished and sealed (and routinely resealed). This makes it ideal for large, busy households that don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning after each meal.
Granite is extremely durable and highly-resistant to heat and harm – so no need to worry about burn marks, scratches, cracks or stains every time you’re cooking! Rough-textured or porous granite may produce some light staining or cleaning difficulties (such as with spilled liquids, for example), but generally it is not a problem to maintain as the volcanic material is so naturally hard-wearing.
As you can see, there are numerous benefits of opting for a granite countertop over many other popular materials, but the most important thing is to find a material and style that achieves your desired look. Visit our showroom today to see what granite countertop solutions we can offer you – our team are always on hand to help with any questions you may have!