12 Common Granite Worktops Questions Answered

Kitchen Worktops

Granite Worktops Questions

Granite worktops are a popular choice for kitchen countertops, known for their durability, beauty, and heat resistance. However, when considering granite for your kitchen, it’s natural to have a few questions. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of answers to some of the most common questions that customers have when considering granite worktops.

From types of granite to durability and maintenance, we’ll cover everything you need to know before making a purchase. Whether you’re planning a new kitchen or remodelling your existing one, this guide will provide you with the information you need to make the best choice for your home.

What are the different types of granite available and which one is best for my kitchen?

There are many types of granite available, with a wide range of granite colours, patterns, and veining. Some popular options include Black Galaxy, White Ice, and Uba Tuba. The best type of granite for your kitchen will depend on your personal taste, design style, and durability needs. It’s recommended to visit a stone supplier or fabricator to see the samples and get a better idea of what type of granite will work best for your kitchen.

How does granite compare to other materials like quartz and solid surface in terms of durability and maintenance?

Granite is a very durable and strong natural stone, it is also heat-resistant, which makes it a great choice for kitchen worktops. It’s also known for its high resistance to scratches and stains, compared to other materials like laminate or wood. Quartz and solid surface are also durable and strong, but they are man-made and not as heat-resistant as granite. They are also less porous than granite so they are less likely to stain.

Our guide to kitchen worktops will help you in more detail. We also wrote a comparison article to help you understand the key differences between granite and quartz that you can read here: Quartz vs. Granite Article

Can granite be used for outdoor kitchens and is it suitable for hot and cold temperatures?

Granite can be used for outdoor kitchens, as it is able to withstand hot and cold temperatures. However, it is important to note that granite is a natural stone, and therefore it may be affected by the natural elements over time. It is important to use a sealer to protect the granite from water and other elements, and to clean it regularly. There are a few caveats to the long-term maintenance and suitability of granite for outdoors that you’re welcome to discuss with us. If you want to know more about using granite outdoors, please let us know.

Can granite be repaired or resealed if it gets damaged or stained?

Granite can be repaired if it gets damaged, but the process can be difficult and expensive. A professional fabricator or stone restorer can perform repairs, but it is important to note that the repair may not be completely seamless and the colour and pattern may not match the surrounding area. The best way to avoid damage is to take care of the surface and reseal it regularly. We’re happy to give whatever advice is needed.

How does granite compare in terms of cost to other materials?

The cost of granite can vary depending on the type and quality of the granite, as well as the cost of fabrication and installation. Granite is generally more expensive than other materials like laminate or solid surface, but it is a natural stone and can last a lifetime.

Can you provide examples of kitchens you have installed granite worktops and can you provide references from previous customers?

As fabricators and installers of granite worktops, we can provide numerous examples of kitchens we’ve installed granite worktops in, as well as references from previous customers. It’s always a good idea to see the work of the fabricator and installer before making a decision and we’re only too happy to help answer any questions you have.

What thickness are granite worktops?

The most common thicknesses are 30mm and 20mm. The most popular configuration is 30mm for the worktops and 20mm for the upstands or splashbacks. 40mm can be found but it is less common these days. You can use 20mm for the worktops if you want a more minimal, modern look but the slight trade-off here is that you have to produce more cuts to maintain the strength of the material.

Are granite worktops easy to look after?

They are very easy to look after. The key thing to be sure of is that you clean up any spills straight away, as you would any other surface, particularly with liquids or foods that stain or contain high acidity. You can clean with specialist cleaners such as Barkeeper’s Friend to bring out any stubborn marks. Day-to-day cleaning can be done with warm water and a neutral detergent.

Every six months or so it’s a good idea to get your worktops re-sealed as the treatment to protect the granite wears off around then and if left untreated can lead to problems. We’re happy to answer any questions you have when it comes to maintaining your granite countertops.

Are granite worktops the best?

Granite worktops are the best natural stone worktops for use as kitchen worktops, would be the best way to say it.

No other stone is as durable and that’s the clincher when you’re thinking about high-traffic, high-use areas where food and drink are involved. It helps that it’s so beautiful of course and it’s the pairing of beauty and durability that makes it so.

Are granite worktops porous?

Yes, granite worktops are porous surfaces. Not leaky like sieves but they have small pores that can absorb liquid if left untreated. When you purchase one, it’ll be sealed to stop the pores by default and this treatment will last for around half a year before needing to be re-applied.

If left untreated for any length of time, you do run the risk of absorption which can cause stains and other problems. Not to worry though, we offer a full re-sealing service for granite worktops and it’s an inexpensive way of keeping your worktops in good condition.

It is always advisable to mop up spills when they happen rather than leaving them, particularly from very acidic liquids or foodstuffs as these can bit into the material quite aggressively if left to sit for a while.

Do granite worktops stain?

They won’t stain if you’re careful to mop up any everyday spills straight away, is the simple answer.

Granite worktops are sealed against water ingress when delivered but as with any material, if they’re not correctly looked after they can become stained. This sealant does need replacing every 6 months or so, so as long as you stay on top of that you should have a lifetime of stain-free enjoyment. Certain materials like oil and varnish can stain granite, so it’s important to avoid contact where possible and carefully remove immediately.

If you run into any issues, you can contact our office to arrange an inspection and repair at a very competitive rate.

Are granite worktops heat-resistant?

Yes, granite worktops are heat resistant but they are not thermal shockproof, so sudden changes in temperature in a small area of the worktop is not ideal.

For instance, putting a cup of tea down on a granite worktop won’t do it any harm, If you took a boiling hot pan off the hob or a piping hot casserole dish out of the oven and put it onto the surface and left it there, this would likely cause some issues.

There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is the makeup of the stone being such that if it is heated over a wide area slowly, it will withstand high heat but if it’s subjected to very sudden changes over part of its surface, it will not fare so well. The second is in the way the slabs are manufactured prior to fabricating into kitchen worktops:

To manufacture slabs from granite rock, there are two things that are done: 1) resin is used to stabilise the material and 2) the surface is treated to give it a long-lasting life. Both these things can be subjected to a certain amount of heat but it isn’t advisable to prolong contact otherwise you do risk damaging your granite worktops. Resin has a much lower melting point as does the treatment used in preserving the granite surface, so try to avoid direct contact with boiling materials, to guarantee a trouble-free life from your granite worktops.

Summing up

In summary, granite worktops are a popular choice for kitchen countertops known for their durability, beauty and heat resistance. They are available in different thicknesses such as 30mm and 20mm. The most common thickness is 30mm for the worktops and 20mm for the upstands or splashbacks. The key to maintaining granite worktops is to clean up spills immediately and to have them resealed every six months. Granite worktops are porous, but when sealed they are resistant to stains. They are heat resistant but not thermal shockproof, so sudden changes in temperature in a small area of the worktop should be avoided. They are easy to clean and maintain, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. It is always advisable to contact a professional fabricator or installer for maintenance and repair services.

If you found this article helpful, please give it a share and follow the MGD Blog for more content like this.

Sharing is caring!

Please share this post with your friends and colleagues if it added value to your day! (tap icons above)