Granite is frequently cut and polished into worktops. This is a stone that when cut is usually much duller in appearance than the polished edges that are seen on granite worktops that can be purchased online. Although granite is a strong and dense natural rock, it can often be slightly porous on the surface. This mans that thin dark fluids like red wine can stain unless the surface is cleaned gently with a little warm water (with a small amount of a natural soap added if needed) immediately after a spill occurs. If you are looking for a non-porous material i.e. where drinks will frequently be poured, we recommend considering quartz or marble if a natural surface is needed or one of the superb and cost-effective laminate surfaces that are available (for example those from quality manufacturers including Axiom, Duropal and Bushboard).
As with solid wood, there are pros and cons to granite when comparing to other worktop materials such as composite solid surfaces and laminated counter tops. Any natural stone can be repaired to some extent if it is damaged, but the repair may not be invisible due to the impossibility of creating a mixture that is exactly the same in appearance and texture as the natural stone.
Granites are usually grey, white or slightly pink/red in colour. Granite as the name suggests means grain. Each surface is made from millions of grains of rock that have been compacted and bonded together during the thousands of years that it is formed. Quartz worktops are different to granite worktops because they contain more of the quartz mineral. However, granite usually contains a relatively high percentage of quartz.
All rocks are hard and strong, with a great ability to withstand forces acting upon them. However, when fitting a stone surface, there must be no ridged in the underneath surface that could cause the worktop to be exposed to a tension force. This is because if there are naturally any seems in the rock these will be a weak point that can cause fracture. However, once fitted currently, there is little to worry about and surfaces made from rock/stone materials can withstand large forces of compression. As with all natural substances, care is needed. However, when properly maintained they can last a lifetime. Natural materials do not tend to go out of fashion. Most cultured have used rock, wood, marble and slate as building materials for centuries.
Alternatives to granite can include composite worktops such as those made by Pietra and Earthstone, marble worktops, quartz worktops and of course laminate worktops that have a colour and texture resembling polished natural granite.