Granite is not only a beautiful natural stone to have in your kitchen, but it is also strong and durable making it the perfect material for your kitchen worktop. With such a large selection, whether that’s colour or shape, it’s easy to find yourself asking, “how do I choose a granite worktop?”
If that’s the case, you’re in the right place. This is our ultimate granite worktop guide.
What is the best type of granite?
To first understand whether or not Granite is the worktop for you, we should first understand how Granite is formed. Granite is an igneous rock made of minerals such as quartz, mica and feldspar as well as other minerals. It is formed through the process of slow crystallisation of magma below the earth’s surface that traps these minerals in its structure.
One of the most popular choices for worktops, a Granite surface is not only beautiful and varied, but it is also durable and functional. Your fabricator will have access to a wide range of the most sought-after Granites from, Brazil, Italy, Africa, India, and China to name just a few sources, bringing you the highest quality materials available in the market.
Is granite good for kitchen worktops?
Granites are divided into soft and hard granites. Most granites rarely scratch but we would always recommend using a chopping board, chopping directly onto your granite will result in knives becoming blunt. Worst of all, soft granite may scratch.
Though granites have been formed through high heat temperatures and can withstand a moderate amount of heat, it is still advisable to use trivets as your surface could receive a thermal shock and crack. Only Lundhs Granites have been officially tested to be deemed safe to accept a hot pan directly onto the surface.
How do I choose a worktop colour?
The variety and abundance of minerals allow distinctive patterns, textures, and crystals to form. The colour choice is vast from off whites, reds, blues, pinks, and greens. Some are simple with subtle veining or patterns, whilst others offer striking arrangements resembling artistic paintings. Within the spectrum of Granites, each surface will range from hard to soft — affecting the necessary care and maintenance of each stone.
Consider your Lighting
Choosing the right colour of granite that matches your kitchen is definitely an important factor when choosing granite worktops. You should also consider how much lighting is produced within your kitchen when you are choosing a granite worktop, whether that’s artificial or natural light. Kitchens with low-level lighting can really benefit from a light worktop, whereas a brightly lit kitchen could be improved by darker coloured worktops.
Living on the Edge
An edge profile is how you’d like the edges of your worktop to look. With Granite worktops being so flat this is where you can add some definition to your worktop. It is also important to think about whether or not your edge profile could be dangerous, say, for instance, if you have children then a more rounded edge may be best for you.
There are 12 types of edge profiles, but the most common edge profiles are full bullnose and pencil round.
Granite remains a firm favourite for many homeowners looking to upgrade the look of their kitchen. A granite worktop is a long-term investment and the best granite worktops will last for 25 years or more.
The key takeaway for readers who have an interest in having granite worktops installed in their kitchen is that it’s important to get professional guidance to ensure that the whole process runs smoothly. That’s the best way to ensure you get the best granite worktop for you, and hopefully, this guide to choosing granite worktops has given you some insight on how to go about getting that professional advice.