Granite worktops, also called countertops or benches, have become a leading choice in many applications. Whether used in the home kitchen or in a corporate setting such as a hotel, this style of countertop has become very popular in recent years. It is the hardest available in commercial stone and that makes it a great choice for durability, which also translates into longevity. It is also provides beauty in addition to function.
So what are all of the benefits of granite worktops? For one, they are easy to clean. Note that in the kitchen, a polished and sealed slab is recommended due to bacteria from food. A sealed piece is simply the easiest to keep clean and free of bacteria. Beyond that, the first step in cleaning simply involves removing any debris from food, toiletries or the like. Once this is done, you will want to take a mild soap and water solution and wipe down all of your surface areas. Rinse any traces of soap your cleaning cloth and then repeat the process using plain water. Now you will take a soft dry cloth and buff the counter dry. Voila, just like new. This style of worktop, when well cared for, can last a lifetime. Be sure to follow the retailer's specific instructions for resealing so that it will stay looking like new.
Another benefit is that granite worktops are exquisite and unique. Twenty homeowners on the same block can have a worktop in the same color, yet none of them will be alike! This precious stone is formed by volcanic magma, or molten rock, which has mixed with quartz and feldspar while flowing between the layers of the earth. The amount of other minerals and the rate at which the magma cools is what determines the color, look and texture of your slab. You can find gorgeous varieties of blues, pinks, oranges, browns, reds, greens and even different shades of black and white. With this rainbow of colors, you will be able to coordinate with virtually anything that you would like.
As far as cost is concerned, you will pay more for granite worktops than you will for laminate. Try to think of this as paying for value. Value does not mean the least expensive thing around. Value, by definition is 'a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged'. Most would say that a countertop that lasts for the rest of your lifetime would have considered a fair return. When comparing prices between retailers though, do make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck. Be sure to see if the price per square foot includes cutting, polishing, delivery and installation. Also, check to be sure that you are comparing slabs of the same thickness. Most granite worktops are 30mm thick. A less expensive slab might be thinner, therefore making it not as strong as the 30mm. Pay attention and be sure to ask questions. Then, go enjoy the beauty of your brand new countertop!