Granite is a strong and weatherproof natural stone that can withstand both mechanical and weather wear. The water absorption of granite is also very low compared to, for example, limestone. Over the years, granite has been used extensively as a building material, for example in the finishing of facades, staircases, roads and squares, as well as in the making of sculptures, monuments and gravestones.
Granite is also one of the best materials for the production of kitchen countertops, as it is excellent at withstanding heat and mechanical damages, is largely crack-proof, and the highly polished surface does not easily absorb various liquids or greases, which would otherwise leave marks on the work surface. Due to these characteristics, granite ensures a high level of hygiene in the kitchen.
Why choose granite?
In addition to marble, granite is one of the most common materials for producing kitchen countertops. In terms of functionality, preference should be given to granite, for it is much more durable and more hygienic than marble. In comparison with other materials, granite is generally an excellent choice, but its disadvantage may be a much higher price for some varieties of granite. In addition to the kitchen, granite is also well suited for our climate and outdoor use.
Advantages of granite:
- Strong, durable material
- Various surface treatment options – polished, sandblasted, burnt, brushed
- Wide range of colours (pink, red and brown tones, as well as gray or black, less often whitish or bluish).
- Although its properties make granite well-suited for harsh conditions, it is not necessary to exclude the use of other natural stones. For example, properly maintained marble can be used as a long-lasting kitchen countertop and a properly installed limestone is an excellent choice for the facade, although their relevant indicators are lower than those of granite.
What to consider when choosing granite?
The primary criterion for choosing granite is generally its price – the most affordable are light gray and dark gray granites, while black and red are the most expensive. There are a number of other nuances to consider as well, but it would be wise to discuss them with a specialist.
Similar ‘hard stones’ are also sold under the name of granite, although in scientific terminology they are not actually called granite. However, the properties of these natural stones are very similar to granite, and the shortcomings are manifested only in very extreme conditions of use.