Granite countertops are far more durable than most other materials commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms, meaning that they are less likely to be damaged over time than other countertop materials, such as wood or tile. Where other materials might be easily scratched or chipped when using sharp knives or while you should still strive to take good care of your granite surfaces around the home, with regular sealing and avoiding use of heavy chemicals to clean with, this natural material can be a worthwhile investment that continues to look immaculate many years after being installed.
As well as this, granite is an incredibly heat-resistant material – giving it the edge over most other kitchen worktop choices. Although you should refrain from placing anything exceedingly hot directly on the granite surface, it is far less likely to burn, stain or erode from hot pots, pans and baking trays, where wood often burns and tile can easily crack. This makes for a far more convenient cooking experience.
Granite is also very easy to clean and requires far less maintenance than other surface materials; as granite is sealed, the protective layer makes it so that it doesn’t absorb liquids and rarely stains. The smooth surface of granite worktops allow for cleaning to be quick and simple, usually requiring just a swift wipe with a cloth and some soapy water to get it looking sparkling and new. As the surface is not porous, dirt and bacteria are unlikely to soak into the material (a common problem with wood worktops, making it not only look better for longer but minimising risk of any harmful bacteria or grime while cooking.
Another great thing about granite worktops is that it is an eco-friendly, natural material that retains its’ natural look; it’s easy to incorporate into most kitchen or bathroom styles, and can be polished to enhance its’ natural pattern. This can appeal to home buyers if you decide to sell your property, and can add to the resale value, making it a worthwhile investment for any home.
Granite and quartz should both be wiped down daily with warm water and a gentle dish soap to avoid bacteria and staining; quartz is probably less high-maintenance in this respect, as you should avoid using certain chemicals and cleaning products on granite, as this can cause discolouration and damage. Granite countertops should also be resealed every 1-2 years, although this is generally not expensive or time consuming.
Lastly, granite is highly affordable, coming in a range of types and thicknesses that make it easy to find a surface that fits your budget. The fact that it often has a 25+ year life expectancy ensures that you get even greater value for money, as once installed you won’t have to regularly replace it; well looked-after slabs (particularly thicker ones) can easily last more than 30 years! While each home is different, there is sure to be a granite finish that will work for you – and considering these many benefits, it is no surprise that many homeowners, interior designers and tradesmen opt for granite worktops! Click here to get in touch.