Updating your kitchen worktops is a decision you will undoubtedly be making carefully, and granite worktops will probably already be firmly on your list of worktops to consider. But what is it about granite that makes it such a popular material for both kitchen and bathroom worktops? Discover why so many homeowners choose granite worktops over other types when they update their homes and learn just how much work goes into creating the beautifully crafted finished product. Find out what is so great about granite with HC Supplies.
What is granite?
Granite is a naturally occurring stone that comprises interlocking mineral crystals. These crystals are usually feldspar and quartz and create a beautiful aesthetic resulting in unique portions of granite that look stunning once prepared for your home. For centuries, granite has been mined from quarries situated in the continental plates of the Earth’s crust, and blocks as big as 3.5 metres long, 2 metres wide and 2 metres deep can be removed by chiselling and blasting them out of the ground.
Preparing the granite
The huge blocks are then cut using diamond-edged saws, as diamond is the only material that can effectively cut such a hard stone as granite. Once cut appropriately, the granite is polished, again using diamond to polish the stone, giving it an elegant finish. Skilled stone masons will cut the granite into the appropriate shapes and a combination of computer-operated stone routers and hand-operated stone routers are used to shape the edges of worktops. It requires a very skilled individual to cut the granite precisely at this stage and also at the fitting stage, when the worktops will be fitted into individual kitchen and bathrooms.
Naturally beautiful worktops
Granite seduces with its naturally beautiful aesthetic and combines rustic charm with contemporary elegance. The kitchen is a busy place in any home, be it the place the family comes to chat around their centrally placed island, or where couples come to cook together and to discuss the events of the day. It deserves to be a place of beauty, where you will glad chop, dice and stir ingredients while entertaining family and friends, and granite worktops certainly provide a pleasing backdrop to enjoy.
A durable workspace
Granite worktops are renowned for being incredibly durable and offer heat- resistant, scratch-proof areas where budding cooks, young or old, can perfect their culinary skills without the need to do so delicately. It is very difficult to chip granite which is good news for the more heavy-handed cooks among us! By providing such durability, granite counter-tops allow homeowners peace of mind from the fear that they will need to replace them anytime soon. It is advisable to reseal granite worktops annually which is a much more cost-effective solution than replacing entire areas.
A waterproof worktop
When water seeps into worktops it can lead to mould, water damage, discolouration and warping of the material. Water damage such as this may not be confined to just the worktops either, and home owners could discover that water that has found its way through worktops cause damage to cupboards, walls and other areas of their homes. Granite is waterproof and therefore all these costly mishaps can be avoided when it is used as worktop material.
There is nothing boring about granite and this popular material is available in all manner of shades and patterns, enabling you to select the variety that best suits you tastes. This versatility also means granite worktops can be used, not only just in kitchens, but in bathrooms too. Granite worktops can be used in breakfast bars, kitchen islands, sink surrounds, food preparation areas, and as bathroom countertops. Using granite in both the bathroom and the kitchen gives a fluidity if design in your home.
Granite worktops in the bathroom
The bathroom is yet another area of the home that will be visited at least once daily and it therefore needs to be beautiful, practical and be made of durable materials. Granite provides a sophisticated look, while also being waterproof which is of course an essential quality for any material used as a permanent fixture in a bathroom. With so many benefits, it is easy to see why so many people choose granite worktops for their bathrooms, as well as their kitchens. It doesn’t matter what size you require, as granite can be cut to fit and expert fitters will know how to precisely fit granite surfaces around current fittings, sinks and pipes.
Popularity equals pounds – for you!
When it comes to selling your home, granite kitchens and bathrooms could add thousands of pounds to the asking price . As granite worktops are so liked and will continue to be so, having them in your home is going to appeal to anyone considering buying your beautifully renovated house. Should you be thinking of upgrading your current kitchen and view your home as an investment you will want to sell in the future, then granite counters, breakfast bars, and islands should be high up on your list.
A high-end look at low budget prices
As granite is such a sought-after resilient material, there are many retailers that reflect this in their pricing of granite work surfaces. However, granite should be seen as an investment material, which, when cared for appropriately, will be a lasting feature in your home for years to come. This does not mean you can’t purchase these worktops at a reasonable price however, and you will find HC supplies gives customers affordable options on its entire granite range.
Check out our cut-price range
Discover assorted styles and colours among the HC Supplies’ range of granite worktops and take advantage of incredibly low prices on all products. Browse counter tops in black, greys and whites and select the perfect finish for your individual style. We love to hear from our customers or from anyone considering buying from our range, so why not find out more by getting in touch with our friendly customer services team today?