Myths Associated with Granite Worktops
Granite flooring and granite worktops are a popular choice for many people when designing and installing your kitchen. However, just like many things in life, there are a number of myths and untruths that you may hear when wondering whether granite is going to be right for you.
So, what are they and is there any truth behind these myths?
Granite worktops are prone to scratching
Our kitchens go through quite a lot on a daily basis, there is cooking and plenty of chopping too, all making sure that the food that you eat is properly prepared. This may mean that you are concerned that your granite worktop could become scratched. Granite is scratch resistant, especially those that are darker in colour, which means that you won’t have to worry about cutting on it if you have to.
High temperatures will crack or chip granite worktops
Every single piece of granite is different and will have a different level of heat resistance, however, everyday, general use should not damage a good quality granite worktop. Many people will place their hot saucepans or dishes straight on their granite worktop, whilst this is okay to do if you do want to make sure that your worktops last as long as possible, then you are going to want to use some kind of heat barrier to protect the worktop.
Granite worktops will stain easily
When it comes to kitchen worktops, granite has to be one of the hardest to stain. If you do find a mark on the surface then you should be able to remove it with ease and without having to rely on a harsh chemical product. This is especially true for those darker coloured worktops. For more information, you can read our blog post on how to clean granite worktops.
Granite worktops are expensive
Considering the quality of the materials that are used when creating granite worktops, they are relatively cost-effective to buy. This is simply because they are a long-lasting and durable choice and you can see them as an investment that is going to stand the test of time.
Granite and marble are the same
Whilst it is easy to see why people think this, marble and granite are actually very different. Marble is a metamorphic rock which is most commonly used in building materials. It is more porous than granite and this can mean that it is not quite as good a material to choose for worktops. Granite is an igneous rock, which is known to be tough and durable. It is less porous than other options for worktop materials.
You need to give granite worktops lots of care
One of the biggest benefits of granite worktops is that they do not require much care in order to keep them looking their best. This is because they are not only resistant to scratches and marks but also stains too. All you will need to do in order to maintain your granite is to give it a clean with a mild soap or detergent and some water.
Hopefully you have learnt more about granite by reading this blog, not only dispelling some of the biggest myths but also finding out more about why granite could be the ideal choice for your kitchen worktop project.