Granite Worktops

Granite Worktops are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. Granite is a natural stone that is mined from the earth, cut into slabs, and then polished to a high shine. Granite worktops are available in a wide range of colours and patterns, making it easy to find a style that suits your taste. Granite is also a very hardwearing material, making it ideal for use in the kitchen where it is subject to heavy use. In addition, granite is resistant to heat and scratches, meaning it will retain its good looks for many years to come. If you are considering granite worktops for your kitchen, be sure to speak to a professional about the different options available and get expert advice on installation and care.

On top of looking fantastic, granite worktops also offer plenty of functionality with their durable and high resistance to heat, scratches and stains. Granite worktops are most commonly used in busy kitchens, as they can easily deal with the everyday mess and wear that comes with these types of kitchens.

Check out some of our Granite samples here.

What is Granite?

Simply put, granite worktops are made with huge slabs of rock, cut from large quarries. Granite is cut into blocks at first and then cut down into the larger slabs which are used in kitchens, bathrooms and wherever else you may find a granite countertop. Because granite slabs are completely natural, you will struggle to find 2 pieces of granite that look the same, making them a highly popular choice for kitchen worktops as the slab of granite used for your kitchen is entirely unique.

Granite is one of the hardest surfaces available, making it ideal for use in kitchens or anywhere that requires a lot of use. Granite worktops are also incredibly easy to clean, requiring only a solution of warm water and soap for most stains.

Granite worktops are a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. Granite is a hard wearing stone that is resistant to scratches, staining and heat, making it an ideal material for use in areas that see a lot of activity. Granite worktops can also add value to your home, as they are considered a luxury item. When choosing granite worktops, it is important to select a reputable supplier who can provide you with a high quality product. Granite is a natural stone, so each piece is unique, and you should expect to pay more for worktops that are made from premium materials. If you’re looking for a stylish and practical addition to your home, granite worktops are an excellent option.

Granite worktops are a beautiful and durable addition to any kitchen. Granite is one of the hardest stones on Earth, and it is resistant to scratches, chips, and staining. Granite worktops are also heat-resistant, making them ideal for cooking surfaces. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so you can find the perfect match for your style. Granite worktops require little maintenance and will last a lifetime with proper care.

What Colours and Finishes Can Granite Worktops Have?

Because granite worktops are cut from natural quarries, no two slabs are the same. You should ask us to see the slab of granite we will be using for your worktop in advance so you can see the unique details.

While each individual slab is unique, they will maintain similar colours and styles with other slabs cut from the same quarries. Granite countertops are available in a variety of colours including darker shades like blacks and greys to vibrant reds, blues and pinks with a range of different styles such as a “marble-Esque” design featuring similar veining you would find in a marble worktop or flecked spotted designs.

Can Granite Worktops be Cut to Fit My Kitchen?

We understand that each kitchen is unique, and may require a granite worktop that can be rounded off, cut into an l shape to fit a corner or have space to fit in a sink or a hob. While granite is an incredibly solid material, we have the ability and the tools to fabricate the slab you have chosen into almost any shape you require, providing you with the perfect granite countertop that fits your kitchen perfectly.

Regardless of size, shape or design, we can fit your granite worktop.

Maintaining a Granite Worktop

Granite worktops are very durable but not invincible. Your worktop will require some long term maintenance to prevent damage from heat, chipping and cracking or staining.

When it comes to heat, granite countertops are capable of withstanding high temperatures as granite is a type of igneous rock (simply meaning that it was formed due to cooled lava or magma). However, we do advise against leaving your hot pans on your granite worktops as the sealants can be weakened or become damaged with excessive exposure to heat.

Staining shouldn’t be an issue for a granite countertop if it is cleaned often. Granite is a porous material, meaning that it isn’t entirely resistant to stains.  Keeping on top of cleaning your granite worktop should be fairly easy and shouldn’t require anything stronger than warm water and soap.

If your granite worktop has pieces chipped off, you can fix it yourself with a simple repair kit that can be purchased from most hardware stores or online. These are usually rather cheap, around the 10-20 pounds mark. Cracking, on the other hand, is a bigger issue and entirely depends on the specific situation. Sometimes cracks can be filled in with epoxy and polished to the point they are almost invisible but major cracks are much more difficult and require specialist consultations.

Are Granite Worktops Worth it?

While granite countertops are usually on the higher end of the market, it is important to recognise how much you get for your money.

On top of being incredibly durable, functional and incredibly attractive in design, Granite worktops can actually increase the value of your home if you were ever looking to sell as they are seen as a lifetime investment and part of the building itself.

Granite countertops are seen as a “luxury” for a reason, they are designed to last decades with proper maintenance and care. The amount you pay for a granite worktop entirely depends on the thickness, the type of granite and the amount your kitchen requires.

If you are struggling to decide whether granite worktops are the right choice for you, or just need some more information from a team of experts, contact the Granite House team on 01772 44088 or email us at info@granitehouse.co.uk

Granite Worktops or Quartz Worktops?

The key difference between quartz worktops and granite worktops is that granite is completely natural where quartz is manufactured. This allows quartz to provide a wider range of colours and styles but loses the uniqueness of granite that gives it so much value. Quartz worktops are also less durable than granite countertops, yet both are highly stain and heat resistant.

Quartz has grown massively in popularity in recent years but has not quite managed to out-do granite worktops yet. While granite is usually the more expensive option, there is no doubting its value for money

For a more detailed breakdown of the differences between granite worktops and quartz worktops, check out our blog post.