How heavy are stone worktops?
Very. Granite and quartz weighs around 80 kilograms per square metre. The Online Quote will give you an indication of the weight of your worktops.
What do I need to know about Granite?
Granite is not man made, it is a natural stone. There are literally thousands of different colours and patterns owing to it being a natural material. Granite is incredibly tough, very hard wearing, resilient to scratching and heat and simple to look after. No two pieces of granite are identical, each piece will possess one off features that set it apart from other pieces of the same type whilst still retaining the qualities and traits of the specific granite. Natural materials have a uniqueness to them that sets them apart from man-made products. In this regard granite is no different in that it has natural given beauty that sets it apart. Designers, architects and admirers the world over love the unpredictable nature & appearance of stone as the streaks, mottles and patterns of each piece set it apart from any man made imitation material.
Owing to the nature of granite being a natural material the images that we highlight on our website will always be different to that of the actual material we have for fabrication. Even pieces fabricated from the same block will have differences in appearance let alone what is quarried from other blocks and counties. As such each piece will have visual differences just at the two ends of the slab let alone through it. These colour variations are seen as a definite advantage over other worktop materials by architects and interior designers. This makes the stone addition to your home the focal point of your new works. The minor irregularities are generally pleasing to the eye and bring a part of nature into your building project.
Can granite surfaces be damaged?
Granite is like all solid surfaces, blows with a high level of impacts can damage it. Owing to its crystalline make up it is possible to chip granite if it is impacted upon with sharp tipped objects that are hard. This is a consideration when determining your choice of edge profile. If the edge profile is square rather than the more fancy ogee types it is more likely to stand up to accidental knocks or a dropped pan. In some cases with more porous granite colours that are not sealed they can absorb chemicals or oils from the surface that cause staining. These will cause etching, dark spots & discolouration. Thankfully, under everyday usual homeowner use granite is not really exposed to such chemicals. In standard everyday use heat or burning liquids will not cause a problem to granite but we would suggest prudence by the use of trivet or chopping board.
The sample I have seen for the granite I would like has pits in the surface. Will the worktops look like this?
Pits within a granite surface are formed from the spaces between the mineral crystals. This is part of the crystalline make up of the medium. On a sample pitting is far more noticeable owing to the sample size. On a larger piece the surface is polished and your eye will be more drawn to the textures and patterns of your chosen granite type. Another characteristic of granite is fissues. These look like tiny cracks but are not defects in the structure of the material. They are formed from the immense heat which assisted in the formation of the granite many many years ago. Marble has similar issues with breccias. Again as per colour variation these visual variations are part of the natural beauty of the material that will not impede the use and function of the worktops. To summarise the more perfect the look of the material, the more it appears to be manufactured rather than natural.
Can I put hot saucepans directly onto granite worktops?
Under the earths crust granite is formed by pressure and tremendous heat. On this basis a worktop cracking or becoming discoloured by heat is unlikely when a hot saucepan is placed upon it. Again as mentioned earlier we would suggest the use of a trivet or chopping board to act as a precautionary measure.
It is possible to chip granite?
If the material is abused or if a heavy saucepan is dropped onto the edge of the worktop would this really be likely to happen. Chips can be filled with a mixture of complimentary coloured epoxy resins mixed with granite dust of a suitable colour. If your worktops become chipped do not discard the chipped parts as these will form the dust to mix with the epoxy resin to remedy the damage. In most cases when these repairs take place you will have to really look hard to see where the damage was. The quality is very good.
Can granite be cracked?
This is more of an issue during delivery and the installation process. The everyday use will not cause an issue with this very hard wearing material.
Is granite easy to stain?
Most of natures products including stone have varying porosity factors. In the case of granite it is very low. The porosity level is not something that is can be labelled to granite as a whole. There are varying amounts of porosity across the colour range of granite. Some granites have a virtual zero level against others that absorb may show a darker spot if water is left on the surface for thirty to sixty minutes. This will dry up and show no marks. Your worktops will be sealed before they leave our factory and in some cases this will be topped up on site. As a precaution it would be prudent to purchase one of our handy after care kits that contain everything that you will need, including detailed instructions, to look after your worktops to offer you trouble free maintenance.
Where does granite come from?
Granite has a crystalline structure which you can see and is an igneous rock. The composition of granite is Mica, Quartz and Feldspar. Granite starts life in liquid form as magma. Over millions of years it compresses under the tons of pressure. This occurs deep down in the earth’s core. Commercially this is then cut from the ground quarried by means of quarrying into large blocks. These blocks are then cut and polished into thin pieces to suit consumers requirements where it is applied to worktops, bath surrounds, fireplaces and pretty much anything else you can think off.
Will granite worktops be expensive?
A large part of the cost of granite worktops is actually determined by the consumer. The choice of stone that you make added to the fabrication requirements account for a decent proportion of the cost of granite worktops. If you stick to one of our most popular colours with a standard edge profile and follow our templaters suggestions in relation to the positioning of joins etc you will be pleasantly surprised how cost effective you worktops will be. We are one of the cheapest stone suppliers in the UK and are hard to surpass when you consider the full service that we offer. Put us to the test. Our online quotation tool will give you a quotation in minutes which is easy and free to use.
Can I use granite as a table base or other structural uses?
Stone on its own cannot be used as a structural interior application. If you would like to have table or bar side clad with granite this would be a very straightforward process. Simply get your tradesmen to create formwork that will offer the structural integrity for your application and we can simply clad this with a stone of your choice. We cannot take any responsibility for the structures integrity and we have not formed it and your tradesmen should be aware of the weight of the material to take this into consideration when engineering the structure.