Here at Cheshire Graniteline, we are passionate about granite kitchen worktops. Just like fingerprints, no two slabs of granite are the same. So your worktop is guaranteed to be unique.
And when a smooth slice of granite has sat on top of your kitchen cupboards for a long time, it can be easy to forget that it is a wholly natural material, formed as molten rocks are slowly cooled to make beautiful crystals.
Granite isn’t right for every person. Or every home.
It isn’t the most modern of materials. And if you are looking to move out in a couple of years, then granite may not be worth the cost. If you are looking to add quick resale value to your home, and you don’t want to break the bank, then a hybrid material like Technistone or Silestone is a good way of adding a few extra thousand pounds onto your asking price.
But if you are looking to create your dream kitchen, one that will last 15, 20 or even 25 years, with your ideal cabinets, ideal flooring and ideal kitchen worktop – then granite is a fantastic choice.
We see a granite worktop as an investment in your home and in your future.
But like all intelligent investors, you need to protect your assets.
How to protect your granite worktop
Choose the right type and colour of granite
Not all granite is created equal. When choosing your granite’s type and colour you should consider longevity as well as how it looks. Darker granites often have larger crystals than other lighter variants, and they are usually tougher than paler shades.
Darker granite is also less likely to stain if you spill water, oil or food colouring on them.
Generally speaking, darker granite stays looking nicer for longer. But often it depends on where the granite was originally sourced, so speak a member of the Graniteline team about what is best for you.
Seal the granite
Sealing granite is essential to prevent stains from forming. Naturally, when it comes out of the ground, granite is a porous material. On the path from mine to your kitchen counter, granite goes through a few treatments, but you need to make sure it is sealed during installation.
We would never recommend installing granite by yourself. To get it right takes a lot of skill, and minor errors will last for a very long time.
You can buy sealing kits from DIY superstores like B&Q or Homebase – but for a professional finish it is always best to use a professional. Speak to a member of the Graniteline team if you have any questions about sealing granite.
Choose a sturdy edge finish
‘Natural’ square edges do look great at first, and they are a firm favourite in modern looking kitchens. However, we tend to warn customers against them, because straight edges are very easy to chip. Especially in high-impact areas like on corners or around sinks.
To help minimise the risk of granite or any other kitchen worktop stone chipping, we recommend using a more rounded edge finish that will deflect blows and carry on looking sharp for decades into the future.