We are the UK’s leading suppliers of granite worktops with showrooms and fitting teams based all over the UK. We supply and fit quartz and granite worktops to all areas of the country.
Granite Worktop Colours
Once you have an idea of which colour (or shade) you would like, call us on 0113 365 0252, email us or use our quotation form to get a quote. We are always best on price, offering up to 40% savings.
Why Choose Granite?
One of the finest materials for use in the kitchen is granite. Granite worktops are hard-wearing, come in a range of attractive colours and patterns and, given reasonable care, will last a lifetime.
Granite is a natural stone material (as opposed to quartz worktops which are man-made) and has several properties making it ideal for use in the kitchen. Every piece of granite is unique. It has an attractive mottled look and probably the deepest shine of any material used in the kitchen. Simply wipe away any spills without leaving them to dry and for extra protection and to keep that superb high-gloss finish use a proprietary cleaner once a week.
Although granite is a cold material, granite kitchen worktops seem to suffer no damage when hot pans straight from the cooker are placed on them. This is a useful feature for those cooks who like to put things down straight off the cooker rather than walk across to the sink and put them on the draining board. It also means that you can keep all the pans together when ready to serve the food, rather than have them scattered around the kitchen.
Granite Worktop Prices
Granite worktops are, of necessity, not cheap to buy. However, neither is a Rolls-Royce or Bentley. For a typical large kitchen you could be looking at £2,000 to £3,000, but your worktop, given reasonable care, will last a lifetime.
Do worktops made from granite have any disadvantages apart from the cost? Well, even in the 21st century nothing is perfect. In the case of granite, despite the fact that it is an extremely hard and long-wearing stone, it does have a tendency to stain if spills are left on it for prolonged periods.
In particular, acids such as lemon juice and vinegar, butter and cooking oils and especially beetroot and red wine can cause staining. Even water may cause a mark. However, this assumes that spills are left for a considerable period of time. If you are a messy cook then it may be a problem. But if you are like the majority who wipe up spills as and when they occur, then your worktop will not suffer at all.
Granite worktops, being hard materials will also tolerate being used as a chopping board. You are unlikely to do any damage cutting up food on them; in fact you are more likely to damage the blade of the knife. For this reason, it is advisable to use a wooden chopping board for cutting up vegetables and so on.
In short, granite countertops are one of the finest choices any cook could make for her kitchen. For an instant quote for your own kitchen, just complete our simple quote form and we’ll rush you a no-obligation quote by return.
Maintaining Your Granite Worktop
Granite is a wonderful material for a kitchen worktop in many respects but it does need a certain amount of care and maintenance. Certainly it is a natural stone, but like a lot of natural stone it is to a greater or lesser degree porous. Some granites are less porous than others but there are only one or two that are slightly porous and may not need resealing, so if in doubt follow the instructions below.
For general day to day care there are some things which you bear in mind. Spills should be wiped up immediately. The greatest risk is from acidic liquids such as vinegar and lemon juice, oils and fats – butter, lard and so on – and splashes from hot oils or fats around the cooker. Beetroot and red wine can stain very quickly and soft fruits like strawberries, raspberries should not be allowed to come into contact.
Salt or detergent should not be allowed to build up and strong chemicals such as paint thinner, brush cleaners, oven cleaner and nail varnish remover must not get on the surface.
Do not cut or chop foods directly on the surface of granite as it is possible to scratch or chip the surface, especially near the edges. You may also damage the knife blade. Always use a chopping board.
Never place hot pans or utensils directly on the surface. It is recommended to use a trivet or heat-resistant pad. Don’t hit the surface with anything hard or metallic, such as cast iron utensils; this can crack, chip or even break the worktop.
General Cleaning & Maintenance
Granite surfaces must not be cleaned using abrasive products such as wire wool, metal scouring pads, abrasive creams, alkaline or chlorine based cleaners, or bleach. Simply wash with clean warm water to which may be added a little washing up liquid. Then rinse with more water and dry with a chamois leather or paper kitchen towel.
Does your granite worktop need resealing? If so, how often should this be done?
There is no hard and fast rule to this. Some granites are definitely more porous than others and may need resealing every four months. Others can go for two or three years before they need resealing. To check, try the paper towel test.
Soak a white paper towel, or white cotton towel with water and lay it on the worktop. Leave it for five minutes. Does the area under the towel look darker than the surrounding areas? If the answer is yes, then your worktop has absorbed the water and it needs to be resealed. Do not attempt to reseal it immediately – let the surface dry out for 24 hours.
Spray the whole surface with a spray cleaner. Wipe down with a paper towel and wait until dry.
Now apply the resealer, preferably with a spray bottle although a brush or clean cloth will do. Leave for 30 minutes. Now apply another coat of sealer and rub it in with a clean cloth. Wait at least two hours and then repeat the process. The wait time depends on the resealer that you are using.
With a little commonsense and TLC your lovely granite worktop will last for years.