Granite is created by nature and adapted by man to create a beautiful, durable and strong countertop. Due to its hard-wearing benefits, it’s a popular countertop used in kitchens, bathrooms and many other areas of the house.
Granite is often imported from regions rich in natural stone such as Europe, Africa and Brazil. It’s an attractive natural stone which does not blister, scratch or crack. The hardness of the material can only be rivalled by the hardness of diamonds – in fact, diamonds are often used to cut and polish granite!
Granite countertops have become more popular with homeowners over the last ten years, having been used by designers for decades. The reason for this being that granite is available in hundreds of colours, and every piece is unique. This means that whilst you may choose the same kitchen design as a friend, the countertop will be completely different. Granite provides an interesting design element and adds a certain richness and texture to your kitchen which isn’t found in other surfaces. This adds a ‘personality’ and ‘character’ to your kitchen.
Granite countertops are proven to add value to the home. In fact, it’s believed that the investment you make in kitchen granite tops could pay you back at least three times what you have already invested. This is because if you are selling your home it’s likely you will find that home buyers are attracted to homes with granite countertops and generally willing to pay more for the home than if you have ceramic tile countertops.
Investing in a kitchen granite countertop first involves selecting the right granite colour. You should consider the appliances you already have within your kitchen. Most granite tones are neutral but you may find that a certain colour goes well with your kitchen design better than another colour.
You should also consider changing your sink to match your granite countertop. As granite is such a superior product you may find yourself changing other aspects of your kitchen design to fit with it. The type of sink you choose will depend on your individual taste, but there are a select few on our website and if you’re stuck one of our designers will be happy to help.
As granite is so different, our designers are happy to take you to choose the granite yourself. This means that your kitchen is truly personal and unique even to the final touches.