Kitchen remodeling is always considered as the center of attraction of the renovation project of any house. Kitchen bench top helps in defining the look of the entire area, and that is the reason bench top material should be used wisely depending on your requirement and budget. There are various materials available in the market which can be used for the construction of the benchtops. But granite material stands out of the crowd easily due to its attractive looks and unique features.
Granite is one of the most famous natural stones which is used excessively while building a house, especially kitchen benchtops. Due to its various qualities, it is preferred by most of the house owners. The stone is stylish and sleek in looks which make it attractive and easy to maintain for several years. It has strength and resistance to bear any variation of temperature which prevents it from cracks even if a hot utensil is kept on it directly.
This is a general property of granite, but you need to understand that all granites are not same and are available in different varieties, so every granite stone cannot be used to make benchtops. Granite is available in natural form and to upgrade the quality and prepare it for use, the granite stone is cut and polished to get the final look. The type of cutting and polishing shows its effect on the quality of the granite. It affects the looks of the granite stone also.
If you have decided that you will be using granite benchtop for your kitchen area then research properly before buying otherwise, you will end up buying poor quality stone which will not serve the purpose fully and will not even last for years. Stone extraction from the mountain is an expensive process and sometimes leads to cracks in the granite stone which owners do not discard and try to cover it with different techniques and sell in the market. So when you are selecting granite benchtops check the quality and try to find out whether the stone has any cracks or not. Remember for a layman it is not easy to find or detect cracks, but if you check different qualities, then you might be able to make a difference.
Here are some techniques which will be helpful in identifying the quality of the granite benchtops
- Cracks: To find out cracks on the stone you should check the unpolished side of the stone slab. If any cracks are present on the unpolished area which means that stone is not of fine quality.
- Pattern Defects: The quality of the granite should be uniform, and colors should be same throughout the slab. If excess quartz is present in the stone it will lead to uneven color and pattern, such type of stone is not durable and can break easily. So try to avoid such granite benchtops.
- Thickness uniformity: This can be easily identified while looking at the slab closely. Check all edges of the slab to get an idea of the uniformity of the slab. A nonuniform slab is weak from the slimmer area and can break easily.
The granite benchtop is available in various colors which you can select easily according to the interior of the kitchen area. Some of the popular colors are Brown, gray, black, pink, purple. It is economical too and does not require any special type of maintenance so can be used for several years without any maintenance. While installing the bench top make sure all slabs should run in one direction according to the pattern flow otherwise it will look odd affecting the look of the entire kitchen area.