The Attributes of Granite Worktops
Granite is a superior stone material most often utilised for kitchen worktops. As a natural, hard stone, it can withstand boiling pans that have just been taken off the hob, the scratching caused by sharp knives or any mechanical/impact damage. The vulnerability of granite is minute, making this product so successful in environments where risk of constant wear and tear is extremely high.
Due to the current pandemic our world is contending with, most of us work from home, and therefore must rely on our household necessities twice as often. In this case it’s especially important to ensure that our appliances, our utensils, worktops or other hosuehold goods withstand even the harshest, frequent use. When it comes to worktops, granite can guarantee that. Its natural rock-solid formation enables it to retain its original colour/structure for a lifetime – a vital advantage, since kitchen worktops are often exposed to the dangers of heat, scratches, potential chipping, discolouration or staining. Unfortunately, inferior, temporary solutions, such as laminate or wood worktops often fall victim to such daily perils.
The effortless maintenance is one of the grandest virtues attributed to natural stone. When sealed, nothing will penetrate it, nothing will warp it or stain it, meaning all the food/liquid residue after cooking, will remain entirely on the surface. That means with granite, scrubbing and polishing is a thing of the past and a simple wipe with a damp, lightly soaped cloth will flawlessly do the job. The sleek, polished nature of granite certainly helps with maintenance, while its durability prevents all food particles from entering minute cracks or chips, thus repelling all bacteria/mould that may develop in those crevices.
Our Current Granite Worktops Offer
We advise obtaining granite worktops to those intending to dedicate their kitchen to frequent use, whether it be cooking or baking.After all, granite worktops can alter your entire kitchen experience for the better: your anxiety about constant cleaning or damaging the worktops will vanish; you won’t need to invest in massive amounts of chopping baords or trivets; cleaning will be fast, easy and efficient; the beauty of granite will mesmerise you each time you use the worktops.
Overall, it’s a purchase that significantly improves the quality of life – and since we spend majority of our time in our households nowadays, this aspect is pivotal to our daily wellbeing.
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Some Answers to Your Questions Concerning Worktops:
Are granite worktops more expensive than laminate or wood counterparts?
The simple answer is yes. The long answer: yes, however, it’s an investment for life, an economical purchase that will end up saving you money in the long-run. As we mentioned above, granite worktops don’t sustain the damage laminate or wood might be vulnerable to. They do not warp when exposed to water, they do not crack or chip, or de-colour for that matter. As a result, they are essentially lifetime purchases. We could compare granite worktops and laminate with many other products on the market e.g. Iphone vs Knock off smart-phones. The former is an almost flawless, great-quality product that is proven to last 5-6 years in pristine condition, maybe even more. Any other cheap knock-offs may appear decent for a year, but in the end will degrade enough to force out a quick replacement.
It’s the same case here. When you purchase granite, you’re paying for the quality, a guarantee that this product will last you forever. Indeed, when you opt for a laminate, you may pay less, however (as most of our customers who switch from laminate to granite claim), these products have a max life-expectancy of 3-4 years before the general wear and tear is observed, 5-6 before the necessity for a total replacement arises. The lifespan is even more disappointing for natural wood . . .
Let’s compare that to natural stone, which is proven to last 50-100 years or even more if taken care of. Polish Granite has been on the market for 15+ years. Last year, out of curiosity we contacted our oldest customers and enquired about their products. They instantly replied that they cannot find a single fault, and after 15 years, the granite they purchased remains the same vibrant, indestrustible sutructure as the day they purchased it.
And that isn’t us being biased, by any means. We encourage you to study some of the most beautiful buildings heavily relying on granite in their architecture e.g. Acropolis, El Escorial or Palais Garnier. All of the buildings were finished off with astonishing natural stone, marble, quartzite or granite. It’s natural stone that allowed them to maintain that unchanged, stunning quality and splendour for hundreds, or thousands of years. History shows that even our ancestors knew that to make a structure to last long, natural stone ought to be the key building ingredient.
When purchasing granite, we havily discourage simply looking at the product from a 1-dimensional perspective. Granite isn’t just a means of decoration, of adding nature, unpredictibility, uniqueness and beauty to your kitchen. Granite worktops are first and foremeost a functional, economic and a time/money saving tool that significantly improves your cooking, baking and even living experience.
Is granite anti-porous?
>It is when frequently (3-4 times a year) sealed with a specialised impregnator. It’s important to understand that granite is still a natural stone, therefore some porosity does occur, however that can easily be thwarted by wiping your worktops down with a specialsied agent a couple times a year. The agent contains a special formula that repels all liquids. When absorbed into the surface of granite, it doesn’t alter its appearance nor does it stain it, it simply imbues it with anti-absorbant qualities. It’s also a very simple process – all that’s required is simply dabbing a bit of the sealant onto a piece of cloth and running over the surface dilligently until it’s completely covered with the agent. That’s it! It’s no different than wiping down your worktops each evening after cooking.
Sealing your granite is especially important when you have a tendency to clumsiness or if your cooking is very frequent. Perhaps also if you’re fond of cooking with oil or regularly making cocktails. Our point is, it’s the heavy liquids that may absorb into granite and potentially harm it: coffee, wine, tea, grease or oils. So we ask that if any of those tend to spill on your countertop, that you seal your granite worktop as often as possible.
Are granites only suitable for worktops?
Not at all. As we mentioned above, these products are ideal for other minor/greater projects. From floor, wall and stair cladding to windowsills, hearth-coverings, shopping centre flooring, BBQ worktops, external patios etc. The possibilities are endless, and the hard-wearing nature of granite certainly makes it an ideal product for implementation into those environments. For example, the flooring in mall-centres will never sustain scratches, no matter how many feet tread over it; the heat radiating from the hearth/fireplace will never char, damage or split the granite; while the granite-cladded patio will withstand even the harshest of weather conditions: snow, hail, constant rain or sun (even the fluctuating weather condition ‘hot-cold-hot-cold’ don’t affect it).
All in all, granite is a perfect solution for all types of projects. It not only beautifies the place, it also offers a lot of anti-damage advantages that other products may not cope with.