There are always passing trends when it comes to kitchen design, but natural granite work surfaces are one thing that transcends all trends and fads. Granite is a timeless classic that just cannot fail to make your kitchen look great, no matter your taste.
Granite is a naturally formed igneous rock, made from lava which cooled and set millions of years ago. It consists mainly of quartz, mica and feldspar. Because it’s so hard, it is often used in buildings but this toughness is also great for kitchen worktops.
Here are some features of a natural granite work surface:
- Because it’s naturally forming, no two pieces of granite will ever be the same. This means your granite worktops will be truly unique to you.
- Granite is hard-wearing and durable so it’s perfect for work surfaces. It doesn’t scratch easily so you don’t need to worry about accidental slips while you’re chopping food. That said, it’s always best to use a chopping board as like all natural products, granite can always have weak points.
- Granite worksurfaces are easy to clean and maintain provided you follow some simple guidelines. This makes it fairly low maintenance on a day-to-day basis which is good news for those of us who don’t enjoy spending hours cleaning the kitchen!
- Granite is available in a range of naturally-occurring colours, depending on which minerals were present millions of years ago when the lava cooled. These range from pink and grey right through to blue, brown and black.
- Granite is extremely heat resistant, so you don’t need to worry about those hot pots and pans when you’re cooking. Of course, as mentioned above any natural product like this can always have weak points so it is always advisable to place a trivet or mat on your granite worksurface before putting down any pots and pans. But if you forget once in a while, it won’t be the end of the world.
- Once sealed (which we do with every granite work surface we supply and fit) granite is impervious and practically stain proof. It’s always important to clear up any spills quickly though, especially acidic substances like orange juice which can cause a problem if left on your granite worksurface and not cleaned up immediately.
Where else can you use granite in the home?
Granite is incredibly versatile and as long as it’s sealed to protect it, it can be used in numerous different places around the home:
- Bathroom countertops
- Wall coverings
- Shower rooms
- Sinks and basins
Get in touch with Margrasil to chat about whether granite is the best choice for your kitchen worksurfaces.