A variety of different materials can be used for kitchen countertops, for example marble, granite, quartz, laminates and ceramic tiles. If you’re looking for a surface that is resistant to heat, scratches and stains, granite is your man. Being second only to diamond in hardness rating, it’s a fabulous surface to use in a kitchen where it is going to get a lot of use. Pre-sealed properly and cleaned with only appropriate granite cleaner products, these countertops will last a lifetime.
So those are the impressive list of pro’s. And what about the con’s? Well there are some. It tends to be more expensive than other options. But it will weather a lifetime when well maintained and cleaned with professional granite cleaner, so it makes perfect sense to pay out at the beginning. It can crack if not properly installed and may absorb stains if not properly sealed, but again both of these con’s can be easily avoided by purchasing your granite countertops from a professional company who can also install them without problem.
And so we move on to the supplier. Granite originates from many parts of the world so beware a granite countertop whose price seems to be too good to be true – it probably is. Cheap granite equates to poor quality stone. When shopping for your granite countertops be sure that you visit the warehouse in person to check for these defects:
Hairline cracks – these may appear like small veins but look carefully and you may see small hairline cracks. These weaken the granite surface which may lead to the top breaking during installation.
Pits – granite has small holes called pits. Rub your hand over the surface – the fewer pits, the better quality the granite.
When you have decided to install granite countertops for your kitchen, discuss your requirements with a professional supplier/fabricator who can advise you on the best quality granite to match your budget.
And then all that is left is to choose the color and pattern complexity – but we’ll leave that for another article.