How heat resistant are granite worktops?
Granite is a natural igneous rock which is made up primarily of quartz and feldspar. These give granite the lighter colour, its background is accented by darker minerals such as muscovite to give it a salt and pepper look. Granite is one of the hardest natural materials known to man. Due to its strength, granite is cut using a diamond in a quarry before it is transported to firms to be sold to customers.
In general, granite is extremely resistant to heat. It is heat resistant to temperatures of up to 250° Celsius, making it ideal for any kitchen surface. A granite worktop is only subject to damage by heat if it comes into contact with an extremely temperate for an extended period. The damage involved would a slight softening of the granite, which could lead to discolouration.
The average kitchen tasks such as baking in the over and cooking using a stove will not produce pots or kitchen utensils that are hot enough to damage granite. Despite this, repeated contact with heat might take off the coat of the sealant around the granite, making it more susceptible to future staining. The best way to avoid this happening is to make sure that you take care of your granite, arrange to have it resealed every few years depending on the amount of use.
Granite worktops work great in kitchens as they pull heat away from items. Meaning if you leave a hot pan on granite, it will cool quicker than it would other materials. Extreme temperature changes are known to cause damage to granite. For example, you should think twice before installing granite surfaces for an outdoor kitchen which is likely to be exposed to temperature changes throughout the seasons. Luckily there are high-density granites available that are equipped to deal with these changing conditions.
If you’re looking for a granite worktop which is sure to transform your kitchen area, Capital granite has an extensive range of both quartz and natural stone, and we are sure that you’ll find the perfect countertop for your home. Why not visit our extensive showroom in East London and take a look at our wide range of samples? One of our highly experienced team will be more than happy to assist you and answer any queries. If you would like to find out more about Capital Granite, visit our website www.capitalgranite.co.uk or give us a call on 020 8531 2963.