The addition of granite worktops to any kitchen adds a touch of elegance and luxury. Here are some reasons why granite worktops make perfect sense – and offer good value for money.
- Granite provides an aesthetic appeal which most other worktop materials simply can’t match. This natural stone has a timeless appeal and never goes out of style. Available in a choice of colours and shades (in excess of 20 variations) it’s also incredibly easy to coordinate with existing kitchen installations and appliances.
- Granite’s durability is legendary – it’s extremely resistant to chipping and scratching in everyday use. It’s also incredibly heat-resistant so it can withstand hot pots, pans and oven dishes without drama.
- When properly sealed, granite is virtually impermeable and resistant to staining as a result of spills. Liquids such as wine, oil and citric juices will not penetrate into the stone and can simply be wiped up with a damp cloth. Granite worktops which are properly sealed will maintain their lustrous good looks for decades.
But it’s not all positive – there are some issues with granite that you should bear in mind before considering installing granite worktops in your kitchen.
- Granite is a natural stone, and as such is porous in nature. So without proper sealing or if sealant is not reapplied, the granite can begin to absorb moisture and become permeable to liquid such as the spills mentioned previously. This can lead to stains which are virtually permanent as they are extremely difficult to remove once they have soaked into the stone.
- A poorly-sealed granite worktop can quickly become a place where bacteria builds up, presenting a food hygiene risk. While some granite worktops are available pre-sealed, which will last between 10 and 15 years, many cheaper granite worktops will require regular sealing – normally once a year or more often if they undergo heavy use.
- If damaged by impact with a heavy object (which is not common, but can happen), granite can be cracked or chipped and once this happens it’s extremely difficult and costly to repair.
- Granite costs – installing granite worktops is no cheap option for kitchen worktops, and while its incredibly good looks and longevity may add value to your kitchen, and home, it makes most sense if you plan to stay in your home for a long time to get the most from your investment in this luxury worktop material.
So, if you don’t mind cleaning your granite worktops regularly and aren’t accident prone in the kitchen – granite makes perfect sense. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a zero-maintenance option for kitchen worktops, there are other alternatives which might be more suitable, but without the unique appeal of granite.