A common material used to make worktops is granite, however, this can be very expensive. Granite worktop alternatives exist to provide you with a cost-effective yet realistic emulation of the authentic material. In this blog post, we take a look at some of the characteristics of granite and suggest some alternative worktops that demonstrate comparable, if not superior qualities.
Advantages of Granite
Resilience and Durability
Granite is a very resilient material that is cut and polished to create a smooth surface. It is an igneous rock that forms naturally through the process of extremely high pressure and temperature followed by a period of cooling – resulting in a hard, dense and incredibly durable rock. Similarly, our black granite solid laminate worktops (pictured below) are constructed using high pressure and temperature to produce a highly durable work surface. This results in a worktop that is resistant to impact, wear and heat (to 180° for up to 10 minutes). Another quality that granite and black granite solid laminate worktops have in common is that they are completely waterproof – making them suitable for installing undermount sinks.
Granite has a microstructure that is made up of numerous different large crystals such as potassium feldspar, quartz and biotite. This not only gives it an attractive granular appearance but also makes each piece unique – varying greatly in colour from black and white to pink and terracotta. When polished granite exhibits a gloss surface, which when combined with the intricate microstructure makes it perfect for using as a focal point in a kitchen.
Our selection of granite effect laminate worktops also demonstrates complex patination alongside a gloss finish. For example, the grey granite worktops (pictured above) emulate the popular speckled pattern and pale colouration of light grey granite whilst our black granite laminate worktops (pictured below) are predominantly black in colour with a more uniform pattern.
Disadvantages of Granite
Standard 3m granite worktops start from around £500 even before alterations or bespoke features are added. There are also additional costs of installation and delivery which when factored in greatly inflate the price of a kitchen makeover. Our granite effect laminate worktops start from £60 for a 3m worktop, saving you money to invest in other areas of your kitchen.
Granite worktop installation is a difficult task that not only requires specialist equipment but also highly skilled tradespeople. There is also a time factor involved when manufacturing granite worktops and if you require bespoke features, delivery can take several weeks. Granite effect laminate and solid laminate worktops do not require the same level of expertise during installation and can be fitted using a standard worktop router and cheap, easily accessible and installation accessories. We also offer speedy next day delivery on all of our worktops with a lead time for bespoke orders in as little as 5 working days, depending on the features you would like.
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