The Greatness of Granite
ask a Bolton granite fabricator
the question "Why granite?” the answer is – "What's
better?” For countertops in both the kitchen and washroom, granite has many
qualities that set it above other surfaces.
- There's simply no underestimating the visual
appeal of granite. The elegance and varied surface colouring is almost
hypnotic. Caught in the right light, granite countertops can sparkle and
reveal endless variations of shading. It also conveys a look of
permanence, as in "This kitchen – and its owner – are powers to be reckoned
- Granite is quarried all around the world and
comes in a startling range of colours, patterns, grains and designs. Very
few other countertop materials can offer the same range and, what's even
better, no two pieces of natural granite are the same. Your counter is
- There are two surface versions to granite,
roughly breaking down as "natural” and "polished”. Much will depend on the
design of your kitchen – the natural surface, where the stone is
unfinished, is earthier. The polished look is higher-tech and more modern.
- Life is busy. We don't have a lot of time to
maintain our homes and granite offers a distinct advantage here, too. It's
durable and will last – you won't have to keep replacing pieces. And
although it does require some maintenance, it is mostly the kind of common-sense
cleaning that you would do for any surface.
- Water resistance is a major property of granite.
You can spill things on your countertop and never
worry about staining and damaging. Granite also has a high resistance to
heat – a pan left on the countertop won't hurt it. It is also resistant to
many forms of bacteria.
The Drawbacks of Granite Are Few
against those positive attributes, there are few drawbacks to granite
countertops. The stone is expensive (granite tiles, less so.) This can be
off-putting, especially when compared to other materials, but the return on
investment is much greater than with most other surfaces. And, of course, the
durability means that you won't be stuck with a replacement job in a few years.
is also expensive, and can't be done by a do-it-yourself-er. However, this has
the advantage of having the job done "right” – and not having to be refitted at
a later date. Again, tiles are less expensive to install, and more versatile
than the larger slabs.
uniqueness of the granite slab means that it is difficult to match with other
pieces. You will never be able to line up the striations, though a good
dealership will have sufficient stock of pieces that you will be able to remain
within the same colour palette. Granite tiles have once again an advantage over
slabs in this regard. In both cases, it is worth considering buying a bit extra
of the stock you've used at the time of the initial installation, in case you
wish to expand one of your counters.
you do need to regularly seal your granite countertop.
The stone is porous and there are chances of an
unsealed countertop absorbing liquids and developing stains. Most experts
recommend re-sealing every couple of years. Regular washing with mild
detergents is all that's necessary in between.
What's Stopping You?
Bolton granite fabricator is waiting for your call. It's time to upgrade your
kitchen and give it a permanent, durable beauty. Why granite? You'll soon find