Granite is an elegant and relatively rare stone which has astonishing heat and scratch-resistant properties, which make it highly desirable for kitchen worktops. It is an igneous rock which is formed from magma, which once cooled will become the granite that goes on to feature in kitchens across the globe.
The process in which granite has mined has not changed much over the centuries. Colossal slabs are processed in quarries before being taken to a different facility to be cut into thinner blocks, with granite being one of the hardest materials on the planet, a diamond saw is used to cut through it.
Diamond is also used to polish the granite, giving it its shiny, magnificent finish. The raw stone is then turned into a granite worktop using special tools and is then cut precisely by a stone mason into its required shape. A combination of both computer operated stone routers and hand routers are used to shape the edges of the worktop, these are then polished until they are as wonderfully luminescent as the stop surface.
All of these materials are an indicative image of the stone reflecting the typical colour and texture. As it is a natural product, each individual slab will have it’s own unique geological characteristics. Please contact us if you have any questions.
- Granite surfaces are extremely durable and long-lasting
- It is a beautiful material with a luminous appearance
- Eco-friendly material
- Formed by heat and pressure, so can easily tolerate the heat of a frying pan
- It can be fixed easily, in the unlikely event of a chip or crack
- It can be made perfectly flat, which is ideal for worktops
- Granite is easy to clean
- Given the granite’s longevity, it doesn’t depreciate in value
- It is a sanitary material, which is resistant to bacteria and dirt. This makes it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms
- Because of its positive attributes, granite will add value to your property
However, there are also a handful of disadvantages:
- All granite slabs are unique, which can make it difficult to obtain a uniform appearance in large installations
- Although it is stain resistant, granite can be stained
- It is more expensive than many other materials and labour intensive to install
- The heavy weight of granite means it may require additional support, particularly if larger pieces are being used
- Damage can occur if you hit a granite worktop with a hard metal object like a meat tenderiser or meat cleaver
Natural stone is a generic term used to describe products mined from the earth. The natural stone products we offer customers include granite, quartz, marble, limestone, sandstone, onyx, slate, travertine and much more.
All of our natural stone products are ethically sourced from the world’s leading mines. Our slabs are carefully chosen for their quality, durability, and unique appearance. We always do our best to ensure customers have easy access to natural stone products of exceptional quality.