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Pros and Cons of Granite Benchtops

When it comes to benchtops, choosing the right material for your kitchen renovation can be a difficult one. Whether you are looking for something scratch-resistant, of a particular colour or something a little more environmentally friendly, there is a huge array of options available. One of the most common choices however is granite.

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Granite benchtops are arguably one of the most attractive choices around, with a unique timeless look offering instant style to any home. With that in mind, we have put together a little information regarding one of the best choices around (think hard-wearing AND hygenic AND easy to clean) and why you should seriously consider granite for your next benchtop. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss granite options for your next project, give Haddon Kitchens a call on 07 3204 0399 today.

What is granite?

So, what is granite? Granite is a rock that is commonly used in construction and is quite a coarse-grained and hard material that is created under immense heat conditions. As granite is a natural rock, it is subject to varying colour arrangements, but many people think this adds to its appeal. And it also creates a very attractive-looking polished natural stone benchtop too.

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What are the properties of granite?

Granite has a number of notable features, including:

  • Can withstand extreme temperatures- both heat and cold - however, this isn't recommended (as natural stone contracts and expands, and this may cause cracking).
  • Not porous.
  • Varying colour schemes.
  • Stain resistant.
  • Scratch resistant.
  • Attractive and unique aesthetic.
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Pros and cons of granite benchtops

Just like anything, granite benchtops have both positives and negatives when it comes to deciding whether this stone is suited to your benchtop needs. We have put together a few of the major points to consider, but we could go on for days about granite!

Pros of granite benchtops

  • One of the most common benchtop materials (meaning there must be a few good features about it!)
  • Strong material that is scratch and heat resistant.
  • Each piece of granite is unique.
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean.
  • Durable and versatile.
  • Granite Benchtops can hold a lot of weight.
  • Hygienic.
  • Due to its timeless look, Granite doesn't really 'age', meaning your benchtop will stay current for many years.
  • Naturally moisture resistant.
  • Do not require sealing (however it is recommended to allow better resistance to dirt and other stains).
  • Great aesthetic.
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Cons of Granite Benchtops

  • Not a huge range of colours due to it being natural stone.
  • Due to the unique nature of each piece, some rooms will need to be built around the piece of granite chosen (and this can be tricky!).
  • More expensive than most other options.
  • Porous in nature.
  • As Granite is mined from a pit, it is not the most environmentally friendly option available.

Are Granite Benchtops worth it?

If you are after the shortest answer possible then we would answer 'yes'. Yes, Granite Benchtops are definitely worth it, even if they are a little more expensive than other stone benchtop options. They are durable and attractive, and you get what you pay for. And, if you properly maintain your granite benchtop, significant value can be added to your home over time.

If you have any questions regarding using granite benchtops in your kitchen renovation or would like to speak to one of our experts regarding the best benchtop for your project, give Haddon Kitchens a call on 07 3204 0399 today.

Resources:

BUILD (Granite Benchtops): https://build.com.au/granite-benchtops

Please note - Haddon Kitchens & Cabinets can provide a wide range of benchtops for our custom kitchen renovations. As we specialise in complete kitchen renovations, we do not supply ‘benchtops only’ for existing kitchens or DIY kitchens.

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