Granite worktops and granite cabinets
Tough, durable and possessing a natural beauty, granite countertops, also known as worktops and work surfaces, and granite cabinets can compliment any contemporary or more traditional style of kitchen.
Using granite and countertops? Granite is a natural stone, and is therefore subject to natural variations, offering a truly unique appearance. Uniformity can be achieved, however, so an overall look of colour and texture can be achieved. Apart from the durability and natural look of granite, it remains cool in a way no other surface can, and is therefore of practical use in some cooking where ingredients are best kept cool, such as in baking.
Granite comes in a variety of colours from light greys and whites to darker shades, allowing it to be matched with any choice of flooring, décor and cabinets. Patterning is equally as varied, from almost plain to rich swirling patterns and speckling.
New granite countertops can be kept in the best condition by a little thought and care. For example, granite is prone to becoming scratched; but this can be easily avoided by using chopping boards placed on the granite countertop for cutting and chopping. Careful placement of kitchen utensils and hot pans will help prolong the life and maintain the beauty of your granite surfaces.
When thinking about the choice between granite or marble work surfaces, it is worth considering the kind of look you wish to achieve, the costs, and maintenance. Just as with granite, care needs to be taken when using marble worktops in order to ensure it retains its natural beauty and is not damaged.
Marble is softer than granite; it is also more porous and therefore more prone to becoming stained and damaged.
Granite is formed from molten magma, and is therefore harder and less porous than marble. As it is harder, granite is less prone to being damaged or stained than marble is.
Granite is available in two different forms that influence the pattern obtained: Variegated granite has been subjected to movement during its formation, and the characteristic swirls and veins are of different colours to the rest of the stone. Each piece will be truly unique and whether the stone is used for work surfaces, granite cabinets or other uses each piece will be truly unique.
As may be expected, consistent granite possesses the same pattern throughout each slab and a more uniform consistency of overall look can be achieved; additionally, consistent granite slabs are also more easily joined together than variegated granite.
Granite and cabinets work beautifully together, whether you are seeking to achieve a traditional look or a contemporary one. The natural beauty of granite blends perfectly with either exposed or painted wood of all shades and grains. More contemporary high gloss lacquered and painted finishes can also work in harmony with granite.
The benefits of choosing granite are clear: its durability, cool feel, and ability to offer a variety of shades and patterns makes it the ideal choice to blend with either traditional or contemporary designs.