Why Should I Choose Granite for My Kitchen Top?
A healthy family is the product of a healthy kitchen. We can say that the kitchen is the soul of our house. Our family’s nourishment, the energy that we use for that long stressful day and that steak that we are looking forward to as we drive home from work, all comes from the kitchen. What could be a better investment than making your kitchen even more magical? Move up your kitchen to another notch; give it a luxurious taste by installing granite worktops.
Why should you choose granite in Denmark? What does this material have that others don’t?
Granite is a very popular choice when it comes to making kitchen worktops. Not only is granite a luxurious accent, but it is also known to be a very durable and reliable igneous rock. So if you want a long lasting kitchen top, you can never go wrong with granite worktops, just make sure that you are buying the finest quality granite. Because of granite’s popularity, manufacturers have come up of these affordable granites, but are nowhere near top quality granites, so better watch out for those.
About Granite Kitchen Tops
Granite has become the material of choice for high-end counter tops over the years. Not only is it beautiful and elegant, but it is very durable, said to be second only to diamonds. Although it is more expensive, it should last more than a lifetime. It also comes in a vast range of colors and granular textures that you can choose from to match your home's color palette. Because of its aesthetic appeal, it also increases the value of your home.
Aside from its elegance and its durability, granite is also heat and water resistant, and scratch-proof, making it practical for the kitchen and bath. It is also impervious to acid. It is widely used as flooring and in other building features, both indoors and outdoors. It is also used in ornamental objects.
Granite is an igneous plutonic rock that is formed as magma solidifies deep in the earth. It is made up of large mineral grains packed tightly together, during a long cooling period. It contains quartz and feldspar and a spattering of other minerals. Quartz and feldspar are light-colored and what makes granite hard. The presence of other minerals results in the variety of colors and variegation. Red, for example, indicates the presence of iron.
When it is time to reseal your granite counter tops, look at the many options available since there are several kinds of sealers in the market. The water based formulas are the most used.Some need to be applied once or twice a year, while others may last five to ten years. Some manufacturers now also offer granites that are permanently sealed. Sealing your granite does not take too long though, it is a 15-30 minutes process, and easily be done by anyone. Just make sure you use a good product. A good sealer not only seals the surface but also fills in the fissures, and still allowed the stone to breath.
But whichever direction with go when using granite for your counter tops, rest assure that you have added a lifetime of elegance and durability to your home.
Types of Kitchen Tops
Granite and marble kitchen tops have become the classic choice for the kitchen and bathrooms. For an updated, fresh twist on stone kitchen tops, select a honed finish.
Since there are so many color options with granite kitchen tops, only the most popular or better looking colors are available in a honed finish. A highly popular granite color for the last two decades has been black. It is available in a wide range of options from the solid-looking Absolute Black granite to the glitzy variety Black Galaxy with gold flecks. Other more exotic black granite options are the largely veined Eclipse that looks like zebra stripes or even Magma Extra with its swirling contrast of black and gold. Any of these stones take on a whole new look with a honed finish. Highly polished Absolute Black, for example, has a modern appearance when installed in a sleek kitchen with stainless steel appliances and maple cabinetry. The same Absolute Black granite with a honed finish in the same kitchen gives the space a more organic or natural feel. By simply using a kitchen top stone with a honed finish the entire space will feel more casual and comfortable. Kitchen Tops have a large impact on any space, whether it's in the kitchen, bathroom, or media room.
Travertine and limestone kitchen tops are more commonly available with a honed finish instead of a polished finish since it is a more popular selection. These stones are often the kitchen top of choice for bathroom vanities and utility rooms since they naturally appear more casual than granite or marble. However, a honed marble can have the same relaxed feeling as travertine when done in the right color. There are fewer color options with travertine and limestone than with granite or marble. The color range is light neutrals including beige, tan, and gray, but the patterning in the stone can range much more. Travertine is a type of limestone, which is found in the earth with natural pits or holes that can vary from dime to greater than fist sizes. When the stone is quarried and cut into slabs, these pits are filled to make a suitable kitchen top. These fills vary greatly in size and shape that determines the overall style of the stone. The large fills have a more rustic appearance, especially with a honed finish.
Soapstone and slate are almost exclusively available in honed finishes. Another popular finish with these stones is a subtle texture called leathered or flamed. These textures have the same eggshell sheen as a flat honed finish, making them suitable for casual and nature-inspired spaces. Soapstone is typically a solid charcoal or gray with little movement or patterning. Although this stone is solid, it has a great deal of character with a honed finish. Slate has more movement and color variation, but has a similar feel as soapstone. These stones are softer to the touch than other natural stone kitchen tops and have an ease about them that greatly compliments other natural materials like wood and metal. Honed natural stone kitchen tops have a softer and more casual feel in today's homes than the classic polished surfaces.
Brief Note on Kitchen Tops in Denmark
Before buying worktops, it’s always wise to read reviews and consider feedback from consumers. You can find a lot of good reviews on the Internet and from reputable home magazines. Doing this will help you make the right decision. Granite and quartz both have strengths and weaknesses, but you want to buy something that would stay intact over the years.