Granite is a 100% natural product that is less porous than marble, and is mostly used for kitchen worktops. It is a common intrusive igneous rock that has become increasingly popular as a construction stone due to its tough nature. The name comes from the Latin word for grain (granum), which refers to its large and course-grained texture typical of a crystalline rock. Found in the interior plates of the Earth’s crust, it is the hardest natural substance on earth after diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Counter tops made of those materials may cost a little extra!
Granite is a genuine natural stone that is quarried from the ground in its natural state, then cut into slabs ready for your kitchen. This process means it is part of the ‘green building movement’ as granite contains no harmful chemicals, does not emit dangerous radiation or gasses, and most importantly, its durability and strength means it lasts a lifetime.
This titan of the rock family comes with a list of benefits that would make it a perfect addition to any kitchen. It is a unique natural substance that once polished can give an endless gloss and luminescence to your room, also making it one of the easiest surfaces to clean and maintain. It is one of the most heat-resistant countertops on the market, as well as being scratch-resistant as very few minerals are able to mark it. However, it is always recommended to use a chopping board in order to save your knives from becoming dull and blunt. Granite can be stain and chemical resistant if treated properly by a sealer, which can also make it a hygienic surface that doesn’t allow bacteria to soak into the pores. Despite its durability, treating granite with a sealer is recommended – darker granites are very dense and sometimes don’t need as much protecting, whereas lighter granites are more porous and can absorb wine, juice, and oils, and can harbour bacteria.
As with all natural products, we are limited to what Mother Nature decides to give us. Granite does not have an unlimited array of colours and patterns from which to choose, and depending on its chemistry and mineral make-up, it usually comes in gradations of pink, white, grey, and black. It is also the most expensive option as granite is priced by its scarcity. The fact that some granites are more unique than others and natural disasters could destroy or significantly damage quarries may cause prices to rise. Finally, granite is extremely durable but not indestructible, so it can be chipped or cracked if hit at the right speed with the right amount of weight.