What is Granite and How is it Made?
Granite is a natural stone that is mined and polished into worktops that make for a stunning and unique addition to any kitchen whilst having many benefits in performance. If you’re looking for stylish but durable worktops that will last and be a timeless addition to your new kitchen or worktop replacement, Granite may be the ideal choice for you.
So, how is it produced?
Granite stone is quarried from the ground in different areas around the world in large chunks which are sometimes referred to as ‘blocks’. These large blocks are subsequently cut into sheets that can vary in size and can be different thicknesses, usually either 20 or 30mm.
Slabs of Granite are then polished creating the shiny smooth work surface that looks amazing in all styles of kitchens. Another option is that the slab can be polished to create different finishes such as ‘honed’, a combination of matte and smooth, for something a little more unusual.
When slabs are subsequently shipped to fabricators they can be cut and shaped to fit your kitchen and incorporate the relevant cut outs for hobs, sinks, and more.
Because granite is a naturally occurring product formed by the cooling process of magma from the earth’s core, each slab is completely unique and has patterning and features that no other slab will have. Mineral composition varies from slab to slab leaving specks of Mineral and Quartz colours that can be tied in with the colours of units, flooring, and wall colours. Whilst each slab differentiates in small ways, if your kitchen uses multiple slabs they can be bought from the same block meaning they have been quarried from the same large piece of stone and will have similar tones. However, over time, the mineral composition and colour of a specific granite colour can alter as the makeup of the stone changes depending on where within the ground it is being quarried from. So, if you’re buying the same colour as someone who’s worktops were fitted years ago, you may be surprised at the difference in colour and patterning!
One clear benefit of Granite, as a natural product, is that it becomes a feature of the kitchen as a whole and will be the first thing you notice when entering the space. Granite is also extremely versatile in look, a traditional look can be achieved by pairing a warm toned Granite with wooden cabinets (perfect for country homes!) but Granite can also be completely modernised by pairing it with dark colours and sleek cabinets.
In terms of how it will perform in your home, Granite is an incredibly hard and durable surface making it especially good for kitchen surfaces that are used constantly. If heat resistance is a concern, Granite is a great choice, pots and pans can be put straight onto the worktop from the hob or oven as the stone is extremely heat resistant due to the nature of its formation. The high durability also means it is also appropriate for use outdoors and because it can stand high temperatures this means it is perfect for pizza ovens, barbecues and grills for outdoor kitchens!
Because there are so many different types of Granite, the price point can vary massively meaning there is a suitable option for every budget! So, if you’re looking for a natural stone with excellent performance for your new kitchen or to replace your existing worktops, talk to Purple about our range of Granite!
Call us on 01562549100, book an appointment to visit one of our showrooms in Worcester or Kidderminster, or email your kitchen plan to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free quotation!