It can be hard to know what type of material is best for your kitchen counter. There are so many different materials available and it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. Natural stone worktops are increasing in popularity, with granite being especially popular. There are many reasons why you should invest in a granite worktop – too many to mention. However, if you require any help, here are many reasons why everyone should have a granite worktop.
It Will Last a Lifetime
Granite is known for being tough and durable and, when maintained properly, it will last a lifetime. Granite is an investment piece and, unlike many less expensive alternatives, it can stand the test of time, even in a busy kitchen. Some man-made counters will become damaged and worn over time and will require replacing, but not granite. It will stay looking just as good as the day it was fitted.
It is Beautiful
Granite really is a beautiful stone. It is somewhat similar in appearance to marble, in that it has a veined appearance, but, not only is it far easier to care for, it also has the added bonus of having a shimmery appearance; when the light hits your granite worktop, it will make your whole kitchen sparkle. It is available in many different colours, which only adds to its natural elegance and beauty.
It May Add Value to Your Home
If the price of granite initially puts you off considering it as an option, know that you are definitely making an investment. There are not many counters that will actually add value to your home, but granite is most definitely one of them. When selling your property it is a real bonus if you can advertise the fact that you have a granite worktop in your kitchen. It is a valuable stone and a true investment piece.
It is Resistant to Scratches and Stains
We have previously mentioned just how tough and durable granite is and this is only reflected in its ability to be both scratch and stain resistant. In fact, it is so tough it is advisable not to use your knives directly on the surface of your worktop, as the stone can actually blunt your sharp knives. Once the stone has been sealed, it is very resistant to stains and any spillages can easily be wiped away without leaving any lasting damage. These are all important qualities to have in a worktop, especially in the kitchen.
It is Heat Resistant
Another important factor when considering you kitchen counter is whether your chosen material is heat resistant. The kitchen is a hot environment and it is likely that at some point, a hot pan will come into contact with the surface of your counter. Granite is incredibly resistant to this and will not become marked and damaged should you rest your pans on the worktop.
Its Natural Colour Will Not Fade
Some materials, particularly man made ones will start to look faded and worn after a few years. Natural stone worktops are different and granite will not fade, regardless of how long it has been installed. This is excellent choice if you are looking for a worktop that will last for a lifetime and still look as good as the day it was fitted.
It is Hygienic
Because granite has a very smooth surface it means that germs have a hard time resting on the surface. This makes it a very hygienic choice for your kitchen. When you consider that you will be using your counter to prepare food daily it is reassuring to know that your worktop has a high resistance to bacteria and germs. This is the perfect material for those people who do not have a lot of time to dedicate to cleaning their counters and are looking for a very low maintenance kitchen counter.
Easy to Maintain
Granite is a very low maintenance material. It requires very little specialist cleaning andtypically a damp cloth is enough for the daily cleaning it requires. When necessary, you can buff the surface with a Microfibre cloth, but try not to use anything abrasive on it, as it can mark the surface over time. Although it is very resistant stains, it is best not to let the cleaning fluid to sit on the surface for too long, particularly if it is acidic.
It is Unique
One of the most joyous features about any natural stone, particularly those with markings on, is that no two pieces are ever the same. When your granite counter is fitted you can rest in the knowledge that you possess a unique worktop surface.
It is Timeless
Granite is a timeless material. Not only does it age incredibly well but it will always look good in any kitchen. It is such a sophisticated and elegant material that it will quite simply fit in with any design. It is effortless whilst not being imposing. Its ageless beauty speaks for itself.
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