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Top Advantages of Bathroom Granite Worktops

Bathroom Granite Worktops

If you’re thinking of going for a granite bathroom worktop surface, you will probably already know that the choice is quite wide in terms of colour, pattern, and finish. You will also probably have realised that this is a very popular choice too, so you can shop around for the best deals.

You might be on the fence however, because there are other options to throw into the mix, namely marble and quartz in the natural stone bracket.

If you need a little more persuasion however, let’s talk about the major advantages of choosing granite for your new bathroom worktop.

  • Granite is strong and durable – This is the strongest natural stone there is, so you can be sure that your new worktop is going to last the test of time. Of course, nothing is 100% indestructible, but this is certainly a very long-lasting choice, and that means you’re not going to have to spend cash replacing it too soon.
  • Granite is non-porous – Now this fact has an upside and a downside; the upside is that the non-porosity means that water is absorbed, and therefore your bathroom worktop is not going to have standing water on top of it. On the other side, remember that this means you’re going to have to seal it at least annually, to avoid damage from occurring.
  • Granite is highly scratch, heat, and stain resistant – Again, it’s not 100% resistant in either direction, but it is extremely so and that means you have peace of mind that you don’t have to tip toe around your new surface. In bathrooms we tend to use hot styling tools for hair, and the fact that granite it not going to burn easily is a major plus point – use heat resistant pads just in case however.
  • Granite is available in many different colours, patterns, and finishes – Each of the choices before you will be wonderfully natural in appearance, but you do have a wide choice at the same time. You can easily find something which will go with your current décor, or something which is going to survive several redecorations after its installation.
  • Granite is widely available, so you can shop around for the best deals – Be sure to do your shopping carefully, and check out all options before you part with any cash. It’s also a good idea to check out colours in person in a showroom, rather than simply relying on an Internet picture, and also shop during traditional sale times, e.g. Black Friday or New Year.
  • Granite looks fantastic – This is an obvious one, but granite looks the part, especially in a bathroom, which has nature as its main theme! The neutral colours which granite is famous for really do look amazing in a bathroom, and when you factor in the types of light you’re going for, the overall appearance is going to be a winning one.

As you can see, the advantages of granite are huge. Of course, you should weigh up the pros and cons of your options before you make the jump, but certainly bear in mind just how advantageous a granite work surface is in your bathroom. Remember that you need to seal your work surface at least annually, and always mop up any spillages as they happen, to reduce the chances of anything adverse from occurring.

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Black Granite Countertops – Pros & Cons

Black granite countertops

Are you thinking about opting for a black granite countertop when you embark on your next redecoration? If so, you’re potentially joining a fantastic army of users, and those who love the opulence and style which black granite brings.

Of course, everything in life has a downside and an upside, and black granite countertops are no different. To help you make an informed decision, let’s check out the pros and cons of opting for a black granite countertop.

Pros of Black Granite Countertops

  • Black goes with most other colours – If you opt for black, no matter what the material, you have a colour which is going to be flexible and go with most other redecorations you make; this means you save cash, because you don’t end up replacing the worktop sooner than you would have liked.
  • Granite is a strong stoneGranite is the strongest natural stone of them all, so that means it is going to stand up to a lot of work and hammer before it shows any signs of breaking or damage. Of course, nothing is 100%, so you do need to be careful as much as possible, but overall, this is a very strong stone.
  • Granite is durable, and black granite is even more so – Granite is strong, as we have mentioned, and that makes it durable, but if you opt for a black shade of this stone, you’re not going to have a countertop which shows up any signs of damage or any signs of staining, because of the dark colour shade. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean regularly, but you do have a little more leeway than a brighter colour, such as white or cream.
  • Black granite is widely available – Black shades are very easy to find, and whether you go for a sparkle finish or you go for a matte one, you won’t struggle to find your ideal material shade. Of course, this means you can shop around and try and save cash that way too.

Cons of Black Granite Countertops

  • You will need to carry out maintenance – Granite is not a zero maintenance stone, and that means that you are going to have to seal it annually at the very least. This isn’t a major hassle, but it is something you need to take into account.
  • The wide range of choice can be overwhelming – There are many different shades of black, colours, and finishes, and that could give you a headache when choosing the one for you. Of course, this could also lead you to make the wrong choice too.
  • Granite isn’t scratch and heat resistant – Yes, granite is strong and that because it is going to be highly scratch and stain resistant, but it isn’t 100% so you do need to be careful when using hot pans and if a spillage occurs. These are both events which can be prevented however.

As you can see, there are more pros than cons, which should tell you a lot about the quality choice of black granite. If you’re not sure whether this is the option for you, head to your nearest showroom and check out the styles and finishes for yourself; this will surely help you make up your mind.

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Granite Vs Marble For Bathroom Floor Tiles

Bathroom Floor Tiles

So, you’ve decided that you want to redecorate your bathroom, and that includes your floor tiles also. Firstly, you have two decisions to make – what material, and what colour?

Two of the most popular options for bathroom floor tiles are granite and marble, and that is mainly because these are both porous stones, and they don’t stay slippery for long, because of that reason.

How do you separate the two? Well, you’re splitting hairs in many ways, but here are the two of them pitted against each other.

Granite for Bathroom Floor Tiles

We mentioned that granite is a natural stone, and it is also one of the most strongest, if not the most strongest of them all. This means that you are getting durability and a long-lasting choice – you aren’t going to have to worry about replacing your floor tiles, provided you look after them correctly.

Granite is available in countless different colours, patterns, and finishes, and that also means you are getting flexibility – pick something which is going to ‘go’ with other colours, e.g. a flexible option, and you won’t have to worry about replacing your floor tiles too early.

Granite is of course porous, as we mentioned, and that has two sides, an up and a down – the up side is that standing water is not going to remain on top of the tiles, because it will be absorbed; the down side of that is that your tiles will need maintenance, in the form of sealing at least annually, to avoid damage. Having said that, granite is extremely easy to clean, with just warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.

Marble for Bathroom Floor Tiles

Marble is very similar to granite in some ways, but totally differs in others. Whilst marble is a natural stone, and a strong one at that, it isn’t as strong as granite, and will require a little more care and attention compared to the other option. The myth that marble is fragile however is totally unfounded!

Marble is available in many other colours than you might realise, and it’s not just about black and white! This gives you another decision to make, after you’ve decided between the two materials!

Of course, marble is porous, just like granite, but this particular stone will require a little more in the way of sealing than granite will. In terms of cleaning ease however, the method is exactly the same as with granite, so no worries about specialist cleaning methods coming into play.

Which one wins? It’s a really narrow margin, if you can find a clear winner at all. Many people tend to go for granite floor tiles in their bathroom, simply because they are that little bit more hard-wearing, compared to marble. Having said that, there is no reason why you can’t have marble on your bathroom floor and enjoy its opulent and timeless appearance for many years to come.

Whichever option you go for, you need to think very carefully about the colour you’re going to choose in the end. Checking out the range in the showroom is the best bet, because different colours can react differently to various lights, such as artificial or natural. Shopping around is another tip, because you may be able to grab a bargain, especially at traditional sale times, such as New Year or Black Friday.

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Fast Ways to Clean Granite Work Surfaces

Clean Granite Work Surfaces

If you have invested in a brand new granite work surface, you’ve gone for a beautiful and long-lasting choice. If you’re thinking about whether granite is for you, well, the good news is that there are many advantages coming your way if you decide to go down that route.

For instance, granite is:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Extremely strong
  • Highly scratch resistant
  • Highly stain resistant
  • Highly heat resistant
  • Available in countless different colours, patterns, and finishes
  • Easy to look after, simply requiring periodic sealing to ensure it stays in the best condition possible

Whilst granite isn’t zero maintenance in need, unlike quartz, it isn’t the biggest headache in the world to look after – simply seal it at least annually, clean regularly, avoid harsh chemical cleaners and scouring pads, and you’re good to go!

Of course, every granite surface in the world needs to be cleaned, in order to keep it hygienic and to avoid damage, and granite is no different. How do you clean granite? Quite simply!

Follow these tips and your new granite work surface will be looking as good as new for much longer than you might have thought.

Avoid harsh chemical cleaning products – Anything with bleach or ammonia needs to be put on the back burner, in fact it needs to be avoided like the literal plague! Whilst granite is extremely strong, repeated use of chemicals will weaken it over time and cause damage, which is going to be irreparable. The answer is to use only warm, soapy water, which will more than do the trick.

Avoid harsh scouring pads or cleaning cloths – Anything which could mark or scratch the surface should be avoided. Yes, granite is very scratch resistant, but if you are constantly scrubbing harsh cleaning pads over the surface, then some damage will occur. Again, stick to the basic things, such as a soft, damp cloth to clean it, and a dry, soft cloth to dry it/buff it.

Wipe up spillages as soon as they happen – Granite is very stain resistant, but some spillages will damage if they are left to absorb. Granite is a porous stone, so it is going to soak up liquids and other spillages quite quickly. To answer this, simply wipe up anything you spill as soon as it happens, and don’t just leave it sat there. This means that you have much less chance of a stain happening. Of course, this is also where that at least annual sealing needs to come into action, because this will form a barrier between the outside world, and your precious work surface.

And that’s it! Seriously, that is all you really need to know about cleaning a granite work surface. There are no major tricks or tips, and there is nothing particularly difficult about it. Granite is one of the most natural stones on the market, and nature doesn’t need complicated cleaning processes, it just needs basic things to keep it looking fantastic, just as Mother Nature intended in the beginning.

Remember to shop around for your work surface, in order to get the best deal. You will find granite is very widely available, so a little careful shopping here could save you serious cash in the long run too. When picking your colour, also remember to check it out in person, in the showroom.

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Tips and Tricks to Help You Choose Your Bathroom Worktops

Bathroom Worktops

Your bathroom needs to be a room of serenity and calm, whilst also being functional and easy to clean. It’s a fine line to figure out, but the key really is in the furnishings and hardware. One vital part of your décor is your worktop.

How do you choose your ideal bathroom worktop? Everyone’s idea of perfection is different, and sometimes perfection is a hard thing to achieve. Having said that, you can certainly get very close if you pay attention to the process, put time into it, and invest the right amount of cash – without going over or under your budget.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few tips and tricks to help you choose the ideal bathroom worktop for you.

What is your budget?

At this point you need to think realistically about your budget and stick to it. How much money do you have available to dedicate to your bathroom worktop? Don’t pluck a figure out of the ether, think about it carefully and make sure it is a wise choice. From there, you can shop around and find a worktop which fits in with your budget. If you can find one below budget, all the better, but remember that sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

How big is your bathroom?

You obviously need to measure the area to ensure you can find a worktop within budget, and in the size that you need. You will be able to find any material cut to measure, but if you’re completely renovating your bathroom, you need to think about where you’re going to put the worktop, where your sink is, and think about whether you want a split worktop elsewhere in the room. Again, shop around.

Do you have children?

This is an important point to consider because you need the worktop to be at a good height for everyone, but also a safe height. You also need to think about the material at this point, because you have to think about hygiene. Quartz is a non-porous material which doesn’t absorb liquid and doesn’t harbour bacteria, so that could be a good choice to go for here.

What colour scheme are you going for?

No matter what material you choose, you will certainly find a huge range of different colours, patterns, and finishes available. Think carefully at this point, and avoid going for ‘fad’ colours, e.g. those which are in fashion but a little ‘out there’. If you do this, you’re only going to end up having to redecorate everything, including your worktops, the next time you decide to change everything. Ideally, you want your worktop to last several redecorations around it. It’s always a good idea to check out colours in person too, rather than relying on what they look like online. Certain colours can make rooms look smaller, and other colours can make rooms larger – think about this carefully.

What material are you thinking about choosing?

We touched upon the non-porosity of quartz, so that is certainly something to think about, but you also have a couple of other choices too, including marble and granite. Yes, you can go down the line of wood or laminate, but for a bathroom, these are not sensible choices. You need a material which is long-lasting, hard-wearing, readily available, and strong.

Marble is considered a good bathroom choice because it is porous, and therefore it soaks up water. Obviously the downside of this is that you need to treat it regularly, to avoid any damage over time.

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10 Reasons Why Granite is Fantastic For Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops

Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, and when you look into the pros of the stone in a bit more detail, you’ll completely understand why!

It’s important to know that you are making the right choice when you are spending a large amount of money on something which you want to last you for a long time to come. You might be weighing up your options between quartz, granite, and marble, but if you’re edging your way a little more towards granite, let’s check out ten reasons why this natural stone is ideal for kitchen countertops.

  1. Granite is strong

You would have to drop a very heavy weight on a granite countertop to break it. This means that you have peace of mind in your purchase. We’re certainly not looking at a fragile stone here.

  1. Granite is very natural, both in appearance and in reality

The appearance of granite looks fantastic in kitchens because of its earthy and natural tones, no matter what colour you opt for. Granite is mined from the earth, so you can be sure of a strong stone, as we mentioned in our first point, but you can also be assured of a very natural in appearance stone which looks fantastic in the place where you create food – one of the most natural things in the world!

  1. Granite is durable and long-lasting

Because granite is strong and natural, you can be sure that it is going to last you for a very long time to come. There is a little maintenance to be done, which we’ll talk about a little shortly, but overall this is low and if you can keep on top of this and look after your stone, it will last you for a long time.

  1. Granite is a cost effective choice

Because of how long granite will last you, provided you can choose a colour that survives several redecorations, you’re looking at a cost effective option. When you compare this to other materials, such as laminate, granite will last you a considerably longer stretch of time.

  1. Granite is available in a large range of colours, patterns, and finishes

Most shades are quite earthy, and you won’t find anything too ‘out there’ or bright, which is ideal for a kitchen which you want to be neutral and attractive. Choose carefully, but overall, the choice is very large.

  1. Granite is highly heat resistant

Because granite is so strong, and because it is natural, it is very heat resistant. It’s always a good idea to use heat resistant pads for your hot pans if you’re leaving them there for a long time, or regularly, but overall, granite won’t burn easily.

  1. Granite is easy to clean

You only need warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to clean your granite worktop. It’s always wise to avoid harsh chemical cleaners and abrasive sponges/clothes, and instead stick to methods that are as natural as the stone itself.

  1. Granite is readily available

Granite is very easy to find these days, and you’ll have several options in front of you. This is great because you can shop around and find the best deal for you.

  1. Granite usually comes with a long warranty

The length of warranty differs from place to place, but generally speaking, you can be sure of a long warranty available, giving you more peace of mind.

  1. Granite is quite low maintenance

White granite will need sealing annually to keep it in top condition, this is a quick and easy process. Aside from that, simple and regular cleaning is all that is needed.

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10 of The Most Popular Granite Stone Colours

Popular Granite Stone

If you have opted for granite stone for your new kitchen or bathroom worktop, you’ve chosen a very durable and strong stone. Congratulations! The benefits are going to be great.

If you’re not too sure at this point, these are the advantages of granite stone:

  • A very strong stone;
  • Highly heat resistant;
  • Available in countless colours, patterns, and finishes;
  • Readily available on the market;
  • Very attractive;

Now we know why you should choose granite, let’s check out ten of the best colours to opt for.

  1. African red – This relatively bright red base colour is decorated with flecks and large clusters of light grey, dark grey, and even black hues. When combined with black, white, or grey, this is a beautiful mixture.
  1. Andromeda white – If you’re a little scared of regular white, this is a great idea, as it is toned down by grey and slightly purple flecks, with grey lines running across it. You could easily combine this particular option with grey, black, white, or even purple cabinets!
  1. Angola black – The pattern running through this choice is really beautiful. The base colour is black, but the overtones are symmetrical and patterned in such a way that draws the eye in. The colours on top are white, darker black, and light grey.
  1. Angola blue – Wanting something a little astronomical? This is the perfect choice! The base colour is a dark blue but the pattern on top is a lighter blue, black, and silver, almost glittering.
  1. Antique brown – Perfect for fans of earthy colours, this particular shade has larger flecks running across the surface, and would look fantastic with any other neutral colour as a pair.
  1. Arctic cream – This is certainly a colour which is a little different, because instead of having flecks, this has lines, almost etchings, which are in a black or dark blue colour. When coupled with black or grey, this colour really pops.
  1. Baltic brown – The pattern on this shade looks like roses or cut trees, depending on how you look at it! This certainly sets it apart as something unusual, with a base colour of black, and varying shades of brown over the top of it.
  1. Bianco crystal – This is another colour which is ideal for those who may be a little worried about going all white. The undertone is certainly a bright white shade, but the top is covered in flecks, almost like a salt and pepper pattern, in dark blue, grey, and black dots.
  1. Black fusion – This is a very unusual but very popular shade to go for. Whilst the base is black, the top section is almost like a volcanic explosion! Ideal for plain kitchens, because this particular choice is very ‘busy’ in terms of the pattern.
  1. Blue butterfly – A mixture of black, blue, and grey, the black base colour is accented by large, almost bubble patterns of blue and grey. The blue is quite bright, so again, this would look great with plain décor kitchens.

With any shade, be sure to check it out in person before you make your final decision. Granite shades are all wonderful, but they do differ according to the light; whether we are talking about natural light or artificial light, there may be a slight difference that you need to take into account before you make your final decision.

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Best Tips and Tricks to Clean Granite Work Surfaces

Granite Work Surfaces

Granite is a wonderful choice of natural stone for your kitchen worktop, but that doesn’t mean that you can simply install it and forget about its needs and wants!

Every single stone, whether it is quartz, marble, or granite, needs a little care and attention from time to time, and if you want to keep your worktop in the best condition possible, for as long as possible, then it’s important to know exactly what you’re doing in terms of cleaning.

Yes, there is other maintenance that needs to be done occasionally, such as proper installation by a professional and also annual sealing, to ensure that water doesn’t seep into the interior of the stone and cause any issues in the future, but the one area that you need to be special attention to more than anything else, is cleaning.

If you can keep on top of your cleaning, and if you can do it properly, then your granite natural stone worktop will stand up to the rigors of daily life, and the test of time.

Here’s a few tips and tricks on how to clean your granite work surface.

Avoid anything abrasive, such as scouring pads

Granite is a strong stone, but it is not totally scratch resistant. If you regularly clean using scouring pads then you may find that a few small scratches occur, and these will soon become even more noticeable over time. Stick to soft cloths for cleaning and buffing, to avoid any issues with abrasive cleaning pads.

Avoid any harsh chemicals, stick to warm, soapy water

Bleach and ammonia-containing cleaning fluids are not a granite’s friend in the slightest. Stick to warm, soapy water and you will be more than fine. Bleach and anything chemical is simply going to erode granite, and it will become slowly weaker as time goes on. Sticking to warm, soapy water means that the strength will remain for years, as it is meant to.

Mop up any spillages as soon as they happen

Spillages do happen, this is just part of life, but the key is to mop them up as soon as they occur. Whether this is simply water or it is something which could potentially stain, just mop it up and you won’t have to worry about any issues. Granite work surface is porous, and that means it does absorb liquids – if you keep water on the surface of the worktop then it is just going to slowly seep inside. Similarly, granite isn’t stain-resistant to a huge degree, so anything which is potentially staining could cause an issue over time.

Use worktop savers to elongate lifespan

You can save yourself a lot of time and effort, as well as many issues, if you simply purchase some attractive worktop savers, which complement the beautiful colour of your granite worktop. Put your hot pans down on them and you won’t have burn marks, use them to chop things up on, and you won’t get scratches – worktop savers are literally savers, i.e. granite savers.

As you can see, there is nothing particularly difficult about maintaining and cleaning granite worktops, it’s really about common sense to a large degree, and if you can stick to that advice, then your granite work surface will see you through, no matter what else you throw at it.

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5 Cream Granite Colours for Kitchen Worktops

Granite Kitchen Worktops

So, you’ve opted for granite for your new kitchen worktop – well done, you’ve chosen very wisely!

Granite is a very hard-wearing choice for your work surface, and it is a stone which is going to stand up to most of the tests you will throw at it over a good few years to come. Of course, no stone in the world is indestructible, not even kryptonite! For that reason, you need to be careful with heat and anything which may scratch the stone, but on the whole, a granite worktop is going to last you for as long as you need it to, without having to replace it too early.

One area you do need to be careful of however is the choice of colour you go for. If you choose a colour which isn’t that neutral, or perhaps not even natural, then when you come to redecorate your kitchen in a few years’ time, you may find that your worktop doesn’t ‘go’ with your new colour scheme. What happens then? You have to change your worktop again, of course. That’s an expensive redecoration.

The answer is to pick wisely at this stage, to avoid problems in the future.

Many people are now opting for cream for their kitchen worktop, no matter what stone they go for. Cream is a very serviceable colour, and it is one which looks ultra-cosy, but yet professional at the same time. You can basically dress cream up in any way you want to, making it a very flexible choice for your new kitchen worktop.

Of course, every colour has different shades, and granite is also available in different patterns and finishes also. To help you decide which cream to go for, check out these suggestions of the top five cream granite colours.

Giallo Ornamental – This is a good middle ground between cream and beige, or even brown, because whilst the base colour is undeniably cream, the top covering is flecked with dark brown and beige lines and spots. You could easily pair this shade with either beige, brown, or cream cabinets.

Shivakashi – This particular shade is quite different, but not at all ‘out there’. This is therefore a flexible option. The cream base is accented with brown, orange, and grey lines and speckles, all in a very unpredictable pattern. Again, this is easy to combine with many other decors.

Rosa Porrino – If you want something which is more of a predictable and therefore ordered pattern when you choose a cream base colour, this is for you. The grey, brown, and black fleck pattern is ordered and regular, giving you a really luxurious-looking covering.

Imperial White – No, it’s not white! Despite the name, this is actually a white and cream colour scheme, and one which looks beautiful. The great advantage of this is that you can create many different decors and it will go with many other colours. The pattern is small and grained, which isn’t too bold. Basically, this will look fantastic in either a traditional kitchen or a modern one.

Ivory Fantasy – The name alone sounds fantastic, but the actual colour scheme is really very opulent. The cream base is covered in veins which are borderline silver and white, with darker flecks running across the top of it.

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Tips & Tricks to Clean Black Granite Worktops

Black Granite Worktops

Black granite is a very hard wearing and durable stone, but it is also one which requires maintenance and care, as with any type of stone you use for a worktop.

A kitchen worktop undergoes a lot of stress and strain during its life, from hot pans, impact, and spillages, and you need to give it some care and attention, in order to prolong its life and keep it looking wonderful for as long as it is supposed to. Put simply, if you look after your granite worktop, no matter what colour, it will stand the test of time, giving you a cost effective choice of material.

Okay, so you have a black granite worktop, and it looks ultra sleek and fantastic in your kitchen space. You could easily go for a monochrome style with this, or you could do something a little different, by pairing it with perhaps red or white – the choice there is yours.

How do you look after your black granite worktop?

Wipe up any spillages immediately

Granite isn’t going to suddenly explode or expand if you don’t immediately jump in and clean up a spillage, but you need to do it quite quickly, as the cumulative effect of this over time will cause it to become slightly damaged, or even crack. Granite is non-porous to a degree, but to a degree it isn’t, so don’t take the risk. Any spillage should simply be mopped up with a soft cloth and if necessary, warm water and soap.

Don’t use abrasive sponges or cloths

Scouring pads are a no-no, because over time this will scratch your worktop, and cause it to look much less quality than when it was installed. A soft cloth is enough to clean up any problems, and to buff your surface you could go with a buffing cloth, which doesn’t contain any abrasives.

Avoid any harsh cleaning products

Bleaches and ammonias are a huge no no also. Harsh chemicals can slowly erode the quality of your granite, and then you are leaving yourself open to cracks and breaks, which will be costly to repair. Stick to warm water and soap, which should do the job.

A sealing spray occasionally can help

Whilst you don’t need to constantly seal your granite, it will need it occasionally; you can cut down on the frequency of this by using a sealing spray, around once per month, which should be enough to prolong the life of your granite worktop, no matter what the colour.

It’s important to note that just because your worktop is black, doesn’t mean you don’t need to maintain it as harshly as you would with white. Yes, it might not show up the messes quite so easily, but that doesn’t mean they don’t cleaning up! Always be on the look out for anything which could cause damage to your new work surface over time. Black looks fantastic when buffed with a soft cloth after cleaning, and will really make the surface sparkle, especially under spot lights.

When finding the best black granite work surface, always remember to shop around for price, and check out the actual shade of black in person, rather than just relying on internet pictures – sometimes shades look dramatically different when placed under artificial or natural light.

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5 Granite Stone Colours for Modern Kitchens

Granite Stone Colours

These days, the décor and style of your kitchen is just as important as the décor and style of your living room. Kitchens are a style statement, and they are also designed to last the time of time, so you don’t need to keep redecorating too often.

It’s not all about kitchen cabinets and flooring, as you need to give serious thought to your kitchen countertop. This is probably the most important part of your new kitchen, because this is the part which is going to take the most stress and hammer over the time you have it installed. From hot pains, knives, liquids, and everything in-between, your countertop has to take the strain, and then some.

Granite stone is an excellent choice to do all of these things, and it is extremely low in maintenance too, which makes for the ideal answer to our busy lives these days.

So, you’ve chosen granite, but your next decision is which colour to go for.

If you have a modern kitchen, a sleek and shiny décor, then you need a sleek and shiny countertop which will fit in with it, whilst also be durable and easy to clean.

Here are five fantastic granite stone colours you can choose from, giving you the ideal accent choice.

Andromeda White – White is a classic choice, because it literally goes with everything, other than cream, and that makes for a flexible purchase which is going to last you a long time indeed, surpassing other décor changes. This particular white shade isn’t bog-standard, as it has darker flecks which run through it, rather than vein lines. When you pair this particular granite stone with other modernistic colours, such as black, grey, or even coffee shades, it will certainly look the part.

Angola Blue – Black never goes out of fashion, but maybe you get a little bored of it? It’s possible! For that reason, you can mix it up slightly and give your modern kitchen a little décor twist, by choosing a dark midnight blue, instead of jet black. This particular granite stone choice is extremely dark, but when the light hits, you can see that it is a little different, with glittery darker flecks running through it too. If you’re looking for sparkle, this is the one to go for.

Verde Bamboo – Everyone goes for black, grey, brown, or cream, but what if you want to do something totally different and seriously pimp up your modern kitchen? Verde bamboo is, as the name would suggest, a green hue of granite slab, with cream and darker black horizontal lines running through it in an irregular pattern. This particular choice goes wonderfully well with white or cream cabinets, giving you a clean and modern appearance to your kitchen space.

Viscont White – This is not just an ordinary white, it is almost cream and has small dots over its surface which are blue or black. This looks fantastic with black cabinets, or with further white colour schemed cabinets, to give the illusion of space. If you pair this with shiny metal handles to you cabinet, you will have a very sleek kitchen in your midst.

Verde Marinace – Finally we have another green choice, but this one is slightly different because of the pattern. A light green, this has large, irregular circles running across it, almost like pebbles, in a grey, brown, white, and black colour scheme. Fantastic as something totally different, and a little quirky too.

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5 Advantages of Black Granite Worktops

Black Granite Worktops

If you choose black granite for your new kitchen worktop them you surely have a very hard-wearing and durable decision on your hands. Not only are you getting a cost effective worktop, then you are also getting a myriad of other benefits too, which only granite can give you.

Black granite is one of the most classic choices out there, because not only does it look infinitely natural, but it is also a shade which doesn’t require the same level of cleaning as lighter colours do.

Here are five major advantages to choosing a black granite worktop for either your kitchen, or your bathroom.

  • Granite overall is very hard-wearing – Granite stone is a hard, natural stone and that means that it is certainly going to last the test of time. Very hard to chip and stain, provided you clean and look after your granite work surface as instructed, you won’t have to replace it. You will also be given a good warranty with your granite slab, and that means total peace of mind.
  • Granite doesn’t take much maintenance – You will need to seal your granite stone worktop on an annual basis, but other than that, granite doesn’t need to be pandered to, which means peace of mind again. Of course, you should be careful what the heat you put on the work surface, but that goes with every type of stone out there.
  • Black granite doesn’t need the same constant cleaning as lighter shades – When you compare black to white, which one do you think is going to need the most attention in terms of cleaning? Of course, white! That’s not to say you should be unhygienic and not clean your worktop, but black will certainly not show up any potential marks (if they happen), or the tiniest splash, as white would.
  • Lots of different shades of black available – We’re not just talking about straight jet black here, because there are countless different shades of black available, as well as adding in patterns, such as glitter flecks. Shop around for the best shade for you and be sure to actually see it in person, rather than just on the internet, by asking for a sample or heading to a showroom; colours can look very different in certain lights.
  • Low price – Granite overall is a very cost effective choice, because of how hard wearing it is. Black granite will look fantastic in your kitchen or bathroom and will also last you the many years, which means you don’t have to replace it very quickly at all – money saved instantly.

As you can see, granite overall is a fantastic choice to go for, but black granite as a colour choice really ups the benefit stakes. Shop around for the best deal for your cash, and check out warranties and colour options before making your final decision.

Black granite worktops are certainly a very fashionable choice, and will probably never go out of fashion at all. Monochrome is one of the most iconic décor styles you can go for, and could even go retro and pair your black granite worktop with red cabinets, if you want to go for something totally different again.

Check out your options at Surfaceco, but generally speaking, black granite is certainly a very positive choice and addition to your kitchen space.

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Which Granite Colours Are Best For White Kitchen Cabinets?

White Kitchen Cabinets

When you are deciding which colour kitchen worktop to go for, in order to compliment your shiny white cabinets, you might be stuck with several options, and it could be a tough decision to narrow it down. If you need a little inspiration, and perhaps some advice, we are going to talk about the ideal colours to go with your white kitchen cabinets.

It’s worth mentioning here and now that faddy fashions are not the way to go when you are deciding on the colour of your kitchen countertop. Yes, the colour décor of your walls is probably going to change from time to time, and even your cabinets, as they can be painted, but your countertop needs to stand the test of time, not only in durability, but also in fashion terms too. Granite is a fantastic material to go for, a very hard-wearing choice, and one which will last you for a good few years to come, but getting the colour right is imperative.

These are some of the best colours to compliment your white kitchen cabinets.

Greys

Grey is a classic, natural colour, and one which is iconic when you think of granite. You can find a huge variety of different shades of grey granite on offer, from dark to light, and somewhere in the middle. The great thing about granite is that no one slab is the same as another, and that means you are not going to have the same shade as your neighbour! White goes fantastically well with grey, so you will have a very fashionable choice on your hands.

Blacks

A classic black and white choice is always going to be a fashionable way to go, and monochrome is probably never going to go out of fashion. Black granite is timeless, and again you can get many different shades of black, from jet black, to a more subtle shade, which borders on dark grey. The other major advantage of black granite countertops to go with your white cabinets is that black does not show up stains or dirt as much as other shades, although we know that staining on granite isn’t easy to do anyway.

Beige

Neutral colours work perfectly with white and that means a calming and quiet décor for your kitchen. Choose between dark, medium, or light shades of beige, knowing that the veins and lines in your granite is going to be totally individual to any other slab you will see. Beige and white as your kitchen décor can be adapted to give it that ‘country cottage’ vibe, which is ever popular.

White

White on white is an ever popular choice of décor, and one that will remain timeless. The fact that you have an instantly gleaming and clean kitchen simply by choosing this décor is a major plus point, and you can easily see what needs cleaning, without harbouring germs and bacteria. Of course, it needs a fair bit of up keep to keep it gleaming, but that’s really a small price to pay for an ultra modern décor such as this.

Wood shades, e.g. pine

Finally we have a very classic shade, wood. Yes, wood comes in various different colours, but this means you can choose your shade. You can go for pine if you want a lighter shade, or you can go for mahogany if you want a darker shade. Granite is available in countless different colours and patterns, and wood shades are very popular, working alongside white kitchen cabinets.

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Top 5 Most Popular Granite Colours

Popular Granite Colours

Part and parcel of decorating is making sure that you are bang on trend, whilst also staying true to what you want your space to look like. It’s important to pick a colour scheme that is going to stand the test of time, and that is also going to go with other things, e.g. white goes with most things, black goes with everything etc.

When it comes to your kitchen worktop, or even your bathroom countertops, you need to give some serious thought to colour. Granite, we know, is a very durable and popular material to use, but it does come in countless shades and patterns. For that reason, you need to research trends, think about what you want, the size of your kitchen, and also look to the future a little and think about the changes you might want to make at some point.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are the five most popular granite colours on the market, perfect for both your bathroom and kitchen décor.

White

Endlessly classic, white makes your room look bigger and lighter, whilst also giving it a very clean appearance too. Yes, you are going to have to clean a little more, because white will show up the tiniest bit of mess, but you can choose between shades and different types of fleck too, which means your countertop will not be the same as anyone else’s. Remember that no one granite slab is the same as any other, because it is a naturally excavated stone from the earth.

Beige

Again, there are various different shades and types of beige, which means you can personalise your kitchen or bathroom worktop to fit in with the rest of your décor, present or in the future. The great thing about choosing beige is that it is a very flexible colour in terms of changing the rest of your room around, without having to change the colour of your worktop too. Beige basically goes with most things, whilst also being a classy and chic colour in its own right.

Brown

The great thing about choosing brown for your granite worktop is that it is not only a warming colour, perfect for larger rooms, but it is a futuristic colour too, because it goes with everything. A large space is made smaller with brown, and again, we mentioned it is warming, which is good for cutting down on an otherwise sterile appearance. You can find many different shades of brown on offer, from coffee/mocha colours, to dark mahogany hues.

Black

Always popular, black never goes out of fashion. The monochrome look, paired with either black, cream, or silver, is a timeless classic, and this is a very clean looking choice of granite again, because it hides tiny marks which would otherwise be extremely visible in a lighter granite colour. Again, black granite comes in various different shades, from jet black, to a lighter, more subtle option.

Grey

Our final choice is timeless grey. Granite in grey is very popular, and you will find a large range of different types of grey to choose from. The shade you go for really depends on the rest of your décor, but paired with cream or white, grey looks fantastically fashionable. The flecks in the granite will show up really well in grey too, which looks modern.

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What Granite Colors Suits for Cream Kitchens

cream kitchens

Ever wondered why your freshly renewed cream cabinet doesn’t inspire you comfort and relaxation? Maybe you haven’t matched the countertop color with the gorgeous kitchen outfit! If so, you should definitely read this article to get on air with the latest designs and tends in terms of cabinet-countertop decorations.

Cream Kitchen Types of Granite

From marbles that are not so expensive to light granite, there is a wide are to be covered when talking about cream cabinets. Even though the maintenance time to be invested, in cleaning and keeping your kitchen clean is high, it is totally worth combining the following granite colors:

  • Bianco Romano
  • Colonial Dream
  • Colonial Gold
  • Kashmir White
  • Santa Ceicila
  • Mascarello

Each of the above mentioned types of granite has a unique style and color, but all of them fit perfectly into a cream colored environment.

Modern Countertops Designs For Cream Kitchens

The white based designed can be acquired by using Bianco Romano granite or the Kashmir White. Both these patterns have many quality such as resistance to liquid stains or spills, a high resistance to scratches and a strong atoms bound, which makes them very hard to be broken.

If you want to choose a more flashy color, you should go for Mascarello or Colonial Gold, because these yellow patterned countertops provide an ‘easy to maintain clean’ feature but they are a little bit more expensive. The price per square foot can easily get up to $200, but I assure you that the money spent are totally worth because they create a very beautiful view over the kitchen.

Tropical Feature for Granite Colors

Searching for more exotic styles, you may find some brown colored designs to follow, like Baltic Brown, Deer Brown, Tropic Brown or Antico Brown. Depending on type, some of them are soft quartz that will easy scratch and etch, but they have a unique fantasy look, meanwhile, some of them are resined granite (the resin on the stone can be discolored when hot pots and pans are applied) that is more likely to last longer, but it’s hard and plaid design reduces the beauty of it.

The main features are:

  • Price:$10-$300/ square meter
  • Type: Granite
  • Granite density: 2.7 kg/m3
  • Stone form: cut-to-size
  • Place of origin: Guangdong, China

Oldies But Goldies!

Even if it was first used back in the ‘90s, gold designed granite countertops for cream kitchens are still in vogue to this very day. Originally from India, this durable granite features brown and grey flecks and veining combined with a creamy grey background and it is recommended to be used for indoor and outdoor projects, especially for its unique property of being highly resistive to freezing temperatures. The domains of applicability are wide open for this gorgeous granite type, among which:

Residential:

  • Countertops : Yes
  • Flooring : Yes
  • Wall/Backsplash : Yes

Commercial:

  • Countertops :Yes
  • Flooring :Yes
  • Wall/Backsplash :Yes
  • Freezing Climate :Yes
  • Exterior Usage :Yes

For sure reading this article was a pleasure for all house design lovers and I hope that your style and tastes have improved. Now you know that a white, brown, yellow and gold color fit perfectly to every cream kitchen cabinet and creates harmony among the other elements combined in the house.

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Marble vs Granite for Bathroom Countertops

Bathroom Countertops

When it comes to choosing the right material for your bathroom countertops, there are no other materials you would like to choose instead of quartz and marble. Since they are both natural stones, their susceptibility to staining and chipping is very high. Even so, granite is slightly more durable than marble and has a much higher resistance to stains and scratches. Reviewing these aspects, we can say that these are the main reasons of using mostly granite countertops in kitchen and using marble vanity tops in the bathroom.

Color Combinations for Granite and Marble

Despite the fact that both rocks are natural stones, the appearance for each of them is very different. Most marble patterns have a gray-whitish or cream color and dark veining system, even if, rare models can be found with pink base or pale green shades. The dark veining is a result of mixing the consistence of marble with mineral impurities like iron oxides and silt, resulting in a beautiful nature miracle.

On the other hand, granite has its color range palette obtained from the bounding of the melted stones inside its texture. Rocks like Quartz, mica biotite, amphibole or feldspar, combine into a single substance, resulting in a very unique pattern, based on the quantity of each component in the reaction.

General features of quartz and marble worktops:

  • Stainable;
  • Usable outdoor;
  • Heat resistant;
  • Scratch resistant;
  • Low maintenance;
  • Porous material;
  • Sensitive to acidic liquids.

Cost and Environmental Considerations

The cost for both countertop materials vary in the range $40 – $150, depending on the color and the design required. However, high-end marble is more likely to be more expensive than high-end granite due to its natural veining and more classical look.

In order to obtain manageable rectangular slabs, large blocks of marble and granite are mined in cut carefully due to the fact that both of them are sturdy. When it comes to ecology, I can say for sure that neither of them is more eco-friendly. Large amounts of fuel and energy are necessary to initially mine, cut, transport and install these state-of-art countertops.

Granite has also a huge disadvantage toward marble since in its composition can be found traces of naturally-occurring radioactive uranium, radium and thorium. These elements, over time, can decay and release a gas called radon, which in high quantity can produce cancer. Thus, installing granite worktops all over your house is not recommended if health problems are a serious topic in your family.

Applications and Maintenance

Although both marble and granite confer a modern look to the house, there are some places that are recommended to be used with only one of these types. For example, granite countertops are more suitable to be used in kitchens and on floors, due to its more durable nature, since marble is more likely to be used in areas with less traffic, like bathrooms, where it can be used for tub decks, shower walls, flooring or vanities.

One over another, both granite and marble stones are perfectly to be used in your house decorations, since they have an acceptable price, a high durability, a low maintenance time and the property to be stain resistant, conferring them a much cleaner look.

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Granite vs Marble vs Quartz Countertops!

Quartz Countertops

The most appealing, functional and beautiful countertops for kitchen and bathrooms are those made from granite, marble and quartz. Even though they are all very gorgeous and fit in almost every cabinet style, each of them features unique properties that make them more or less likely to use, depending on circumstances.

Granite Countertops for Kitchen Designs

Quarried naturally from earth as enormous chunks of stone, granite countertops are a perfect choice when it comes to designing modern kitchens and bathrooms. Being entirely produces by nature reduces its color palette, but even so, it can be found in many shades such as gray, tan, brown, yellow, gold, taupe, peach or blue-gray.

Granite

  • Most common used
  • Stain resistant
  • Solid
  • Durable
  • Withstands heat
  • Low-maintenance

Gain the Rainbow Colors with Quartz Countertops

For the ones that want to have zero upkeep time allocated for kitchen top, quartz is the perfect option. Although its colors are unappealing and dull without enhancements, this material is widely used because of its nonporous nature, man-made feature and highly resistance to scratch.

Quartz

  • Man-made
  • Color enhanced
  • Non-porous
  • Zero upkeep
  • Less flecks and veins
  • 97% quartz/7% resin

A disadvantage of using quartz countertops can be the fact that it requires to be installed only by professional trained staff, because it is heavy to be manipulated and the edges may break if they are not specially protected.

Natural Modeling Patterns of Marble Countertops

Trying to maintain an ecological tend to your house, you would definitely take marble countertops into consideration. It is produced entirely in the nature and features some very unpredictable veining and natural models. On a large scale, even if it is a porous material and it is not stain resistant, many people opt to use it because of its lower price.

Marble

  • Most porous
  • Sensitive to liquids
  • Requires maintenance
  • Unique and unpredictable veining
  • Natural modeling
  • Darken over time

Marble countertops require long maintenance time because acidic liquids and potent chemical cleaners may enter into its texture and could leave undesirable stains that affect the appearance of the top.

Money Aspect of Countertops

Considering wood, tile, concrete or even laminate alternatives, all three countertop materials are more expensive. According to professional sites of statistics, quartz is the most expensive stone to be used in kitchen and bathroom designs due to its high quality, low maintenance and high durability of the finite product.

Marble comes second, having a slightly higher price than the granite, mostly granted to its natural features and natural patterns. Each of these materials is available in a wide variety of colors and in a wide range of quality countertops. Having a quartz countertop doesn’t guarantee you a high quality, such as having a granite one, doesn’t make your kitchen to be in a deplorable aspect.

One over another, the desired style must be taken into consideration mostly, when choosing your kitchen countertop, because having an atmosphere harmonically assorted with your house elements is the desired aspect that each house owner is trying to achieve when building or renovating its leaving place.

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What Colour Granite Worktops To Choose For Your Kitchen?

granite countertops colors

When choosing your countertop, you will be faced by numerous challenges including selecting a counter top material. If you have already settled for the right material to use, and in this this case granite, you will have to settle for the right colour and pattern to match your floors, walls, and fittings. It is overwhelming to see the different colours available when you are installing a new countertop or re-designing your current kitchen.

Different shades of the same colour can make a whole lot of difference. You can take chances while choosing a kitchen top colour since you will be stuck with it for quite a long time. This piece aims at helping you get it right the first time

Elegantly Dark Granite Countertops For The Kitchen

A dark kitchen countertop is best matched with lighter cabinets and walls to give you a classical look. Dark granites achieve the elegant look but it is best toned down to make it more welcoming.  Your choice to use dark granite should also be influenced by the room settings. Large room which are brightly lit by chandeliers, bulbs or natural light will do well with a dark countertop as compared to rooms which are dimly lit.

Dark kitchen countertops are subtle, elegant and provide a timeless look irrespective of the room. However, just like dark walls and wallpapers, dark countertop can bring a shrinking effect, limiting the eye and engulfing the space into a big shadow. Bring in a balance with your fittings, walls, and cabinets.

Welcoming Light Kitchen Granite Countertops

Light countertops are primarily used to provide a welcoming, rustic feel. Our interior design recommends white countertops if you have light-coloured tiles on your floor. Light kitchen countertops bring in the contemporary look most home owners water. To achieve this, using light granite countertops, you should consider having multi-coloured glass tiles.

Tips And Tricks

  • If you are going to install a granite countertop, you will want it to be the centrepiece. You don’t want it to blend anonymously. You will want the countertop to be complimented by surrounding fixtures and not the other way round.
  • It is cheaper and easier to change the walls and the cabinets than it is to change the counter top. If you are going to experiment with the appearance of the kitchen, you are better off installing the countertop first and playing with the fixtures and walls.
  • Granite is not your ordinary countertop. It craves for the perfect kind of lighting in order to bring out its elegance, allure and natural beauty. If your kitchen is not brightly lit, then you will want to have light colours such as white and beige. Dark colours such as black and mahogany look well in brightly lit kitchens.
  • Carry a sample colour of you fixtures and cabinet when going shopping for comparison purposes. Our interior designer consultant advises you to pick a countertop colour that is in contrast with your cabinet colour. In case you cannot carry samples, then ensure to take good pictures
  • Granite countertops are available in almost any colour. We have shades of blue, white, black, green, red, brown, gold, mahogany etc.

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Granite Worktops In London – Price & Installation!

granite worktops in london

There’s a good choice of granite worktops in London area. Granite is one of the most used materials for kitchen worktops, it was used even in ancient Egypt. It’s durable and can’t be scratched with a knife. Before buying Granite you should familiar yourself with some basic information about it.

Granite Worktop Prices

Prices for granite worktops vary from company to company. Every granite you can find in London is the same material, but it can have a different polish, different colors and the company themselves can actually decide to sell it for cheaper or for a higher price. An average price for granite worktops in London would be around £50 to 80 per square foot, based on the amount you are purchasing, the design and a few other factors.

Colors Of Granite Worktops

Every piece of granite is unique. You can’t find 2 exact same pieces, because they all have different patterns, swirls and specks. Some Granite pieces even have different finishes, but the most used finish is matte. You can find many different colored granite worktops in London, some of them are colored black, white, blue, red, brown. It all boils down to your choice and the style of your kitchen.

Granite Worktops Installation in London

Depends on where you buy it from, but most companies in London that sell worktops offer installation services too. Although it would be nice, not everyone can install granite worktops by themselves. You need the proper tools (which are expensive), the right knowledge and years of experience.

The best way of doing it is to buy the granite worktops and get them installed by the same company, since they may give you a discount for it.

Now that it’s a bit cleared up, you should know how to choose the right granite worktop for you. London has a lot to offer, so check as much different granite worktops as you can and decide on what best suits you.

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Granite Worktops Essex – Price & Installation!

Granite Worktops Essex

Surfaceco supply granite worktops in Essex. For most people the kitchen is the heart of their home. The kitchen is the place in the home where most families meet to prepare meals, eat, visit with friends, do homework, talk and much more. Due to this centrality and importance to the family institution, most people want their kitchen to look and feel enjoyable, functional and efficient.

One way of achieving this is by giving the kitchen a granite worktop facelift. Granite is a pyrogens rock that is formed by the process of slowly cooling molten rock under high pressure.  Granite is formed thousands of feet into the earth’s crust.

Granite as we know it is pushed near the earth’s surface by the process of erosion of sediment rock. Granite is composed of feldspar, quartz, micas and a mixture of other trace minerals. The different minerals and their composition gives granite the numerous colors and different patterns.

Granite Worktops In Essex – Price & Installation

When undertaking a home improvement project such as remodeling the kitchen, you should take into consideration the cost burden of installing granite worktops. Luckily, granite is among the most cost effective material you can get. Granite is available for sale in the following different cuttings:

  • Granite Tiles – In Essex, the average cost of granite tiles ranges from £5 per square foot for;
  • Prefabricated Granite -Prefabs will set you back £18 per square foot for material only. We sell the sections already polished, sealed and sporting a standard shaped outer edge;
  • Slab Granite – Slabs cost £65. The price depends on the texture and quality of the stone as well as other factors such as veining of the stone.

Slab granite is the most common cutting used in worktops. In order to make it easy for you to budget and plan, we have an online price calculator. You can use this calculator as long as you have the design and the measurements of your worktop.

Advantages of Using Granite

  • Rock hard. Granite is regarded as the second hardest natural mineral after diamond. It can only be cut using a diamond saw. The hardness means that the worktop can be installed in the cooking area, bathroom area, office reception, bars etc.
  • Handles spills well. Although granite is porous, when properly sealed, it can handle liquid spills and staining quite remarkably.
  • Can take some heat. Granite can take high temperatures making it versatile when used in the kitchen or fireplaces.
  • Long lasting. If you are looking for a reason to buy a granite countertop, then it has to be its time to live. The stone is known to survive with its immaculate appearance for years.

SurfaceCO is focused on delivering exceptional service to the architectural, design and even private home owners community. We aim at supplying unique stone products to be used in residential and commercial projects.

If you are looking to give your home or commercial building a granite worktop facelift, you should contact us today.

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Granite Worktops In Surrey – Price & Installation!

Granite Worktops In Surrey

Looking for quality granite worktops in Surrey? A new kitchen is a significant investment in any home; new or old. When you want to revamp your new home, you will likely consider installing several leading worktop materials. You will want a worktop material that is affordable, long lasting and most important of all, adds value to your home.

Granite countertops are growing in popularity due to the remarkable sturdiness and elegant appearance. Granite is known to take all the stress thrown at it during normal work activities. Granite kitchen tops are remarkable even when installed in busy work areas.

Granite Worktops In Surrey Details

As a granite supplier in Surrey, we know the fundamentals of a perfect granite worktop. With all the functionality of granite, aesthetics can’t be ignored.  We offer a range of colours that will surely suit your cabinets. One advantage of granite is that it comes in several natural colours and patterns. If you need your worktop to be unique, you can choose a rare pattern or colour. We have a large network of manufacturers all over Europe meaning that we can guarantee you variety.

Granite worktop have been considered for a long time as a reservation for the wealth. Today, thanks to technology and competition, granite has become cheaper and affordable. At SurfaceCO, we are steering down the expense of buying and installing and at the same time boosting the high quality specifications customers need.

Granite is not the cheapest counter top material in the market today. Nonetheless, your worktop surface is perhaps the heart of all the activity. By investing a little bit more on the worktop area, you will be transforming the whole place into a stunning and lively area.

All the same, some granite worktops will cost less than high end timber worktops. On average, our granite worktops will set you back £60 to £440 per square metre including installation. Through our stringent quality assurance processes we will ensure that you get just the very best quality Granite.

Why You Should Buy Granite For Your New Worktop

Granite is regarded as the second hardest natural mineral after diamond. It can only be cut using a diamond saw. The hardness means that the worktop can be installed in the cooking area, bathroom area, office reception, bars etc. Although granite is porous, when properly sealed, it can handle liquid spills and staining quite remarkably. Another advantage of granite is it is heat handling capacity. Granite can take high temperatures making it versatile when used in the kitchen or fireplaces.

For the best Granite Worktops In Surrey, you should definitely visit us. We pride ourselves in what we do. Every granite slab is prepared with extreme precision and finesse. Our quality assurance team leaves no stone unturned, literally, to ensure that you get only the end product of the finest craftsmen. We have an excellent record of consistently providing high-quality work. Feel free to contact us at any time, and we promise to not leave you disappointed.

CONTACT DETAILS
SURFACECO Unit 7A, Nimrod Industrial Estate Nimrod Way Berkshire RG2 0EB
Telephone: 0800 050 2579 (Freephone) 0333 322 0204 (Mobile)
E-mail: Info@surfaceco.uk
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Granite Worktops In Slough – Price & Installation!

Granite Worktops In Slough

Granite is perhaps the most beautiful and elegant stone that you can bless your kitchen with. Granite is a natural stone that is mined from the earth’s crust and transported to a cutting facility where they are cut into smaller practical slabs. The small slabs are then polished ready to adorn your home or commercial worktops.

Granite is famously known for its natural beauty. Besides it being aesthetically appealing, granite will bring your property value up by the same amount or more. Given its huge selection of colours and movements, granite is very versatile and can be used for kitchen countertops, fireplaces, floors, jacuzzis, vanity tops, table tops, tub surround, stairs etc.

The versatility of granite countertops is not by mere luck. Granite has desirable physical characteristics that make it suitable for the above applications. For starters, it is very hard. Too hard that it can take the normal knocks in the kitchen.

Being a natural stone, granite handles heat fairly good. It can withstand hot pans and utensils or a hot air blower in the bathroom. All the same, it is not advisable to place very hot objects on it since they will ruin the sealant. Sealing granite worktops is very critical since it protects the porous stone from stains and spills. A well-sealed granite worktop will last for many years without losing its aesthetic appeal. It is recommended that your re-seal every 2-3 years depending on the usage.

Price & Installation Of Granite Worktops In Slough

Installing granite countertops can be cumbersome and easy at the same time. This all depends on the approach you use. If you decide to buy the whole slab and cut it yourself, you will have set up yourself for some huge labour. Alternatively, you can take the measurements of your worktop area, mark out the sink area and other fixtures and have the dealer cut them out for you. In order to get it right, you will need;

  • Paper;
  • Pen;
  • Measuring tape;
  • Mouldable material (optional) if you want to mould a template to take to your dealer;

The first step is always the cabinets. Have the cabinets full installed and have them ready to receive the granite. Take all the necessary measurements and head out to SurfaceCo to select your preferred granite slab. Take samples of your cabinet colours for colour matching. You will get loads of interior designers to advise you on the colours. On average, Granite Counter tops will cost between £ 35-70 per square foot. The price vary according to the colour that you pick.

“East, west home is best” and “home sweet home” are two old sayings that hold water till today. The two are sentimental sayings that reflected correctly to every person out here trying to make their hones as homely as possible.

At Surfaceco, we understand the passion and love that people put in building their homes and we want to make your dreams a reality. Our staff are available to serve you and ensure that you get the most fit and practical advice.

We provide sales and installation services for Granite Worktops in Slough within Berkshire and the Greater London area. If you are looking for the best price quotes, material and colour options or edge designs give us a call today.

CONTACT DETAILS
SURFACECO Unit 7A, Nimrod Industrial Estate Nimrod Way Berkshire RG2 0EB
Telephone: 0800 050 2579 (Freephone) 0333 322 0204 (Mobile)
E-mail: Info@surfaceco.uk
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Granite Worktops Reading – Price & Installation!

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Granite Worktops Reading is the top provider of quartz and also granite kitchen worktops based in Reading.

Granite worktops are a very fashionable addition to your kitchen. Granite is neat, handy and very stylish. Granite is an ingenious rock formed when molten volcanic stone cools naturally under high pressure. The resulting stone is hard and very sturdy. In fact, it is second only to diamond when it comes to hardness.

This quality is perhaps the reason why granite is mostly used in worktop areas that need elegance and sturdiness in one. Granite has been used in kitchens, bathrooms, bar tops, fire places, walls etc.

It is no doubt that granite looks elegant and strikingly attractive. The most aesthetically unique nature of granite is the numerous range of natural colours and pattern that can blend in practically any kitchen cabinet and interior.

We have different shades of grey, green, black and blue that you can choose from. Apart from the elegance and physical appearance of granite, some other advantages are;

  • Price: granite is relatively expensive when compared to alternatives. However, granite is known to add value to homes. Second, since the slab lasts for decades, the long run cost of granite is worth the pricing.
  • Quality: when properly installed, granite slabs are resistant to chemicals, scratches stains and are anti-bacterial. This is achieved by installing a sealant after the granite has been polished. Re-sealing should be done every 2-3 years depending on the usage.
  • Appearance: there are dozens of colours and patterns to choose from. If you want to re-do your kitchen, you will have a dozen colours to choose from that will match your existing fixtures.

Granite Worktops In Reading Pricing

It is not a secret, granite does not come cheap. When compared to other countertop materials, granite is fairly more expensive. Nevertheless, we strive to make it as cheap as possible. Several factors come into play when deciding the price of installation of granite worktop.

  • The grade of granite: we have four grades of granite: closeout/clearance, builder’s grade, premium and designer. Clearance granite is pretty basic and thus it is the cheapest. Builders’ grade granite is slight better than clearance grade but it is not as good as closeout. Premium and designer grades are the most expensive. They are often used in custom jobs where slabs are fabricated specifically for the project.
  • The complexity of the installation job: depending on your worktop, the labour costs will be different. The number of corners, seams and the type of edges are some of the factors that determine the labour costs. Curved counters with multiple seams and edges make it difficult to cut and thus are the costliest.
  • The dealer and installer: the cheapest option is inarguably the cheapest option but it doesn’t necessarily make it the best. Professional installers might be expensive to install but it is definitely worth it since it is durable.

At SurfaceCo, we are passionate about providing quality granite worktops at an affordable price without the hassles and bustles that come attached.

For a long lasting and elegant looking granite worktops, why not get in touch today and ask for a price quotation.

CONTACT DETAILS
SURFACECO Unit 7A, Nimrod Industrial Estate Nimrod Way Berkshire RG2 0EB
Telephone: 0800 050 2579 (Freephone) 0333 322 0204 (Mobile)
E-mail: Info@surfaceco.uk
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Granite Worktops Croydon – Price & Installation!

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Find the best price on Granite worktops in Croydon at SurfaceCo. There are numerous worktop materials offered in the market today. Our customers find it intimidating deciding between the numerous worktop materials available. Granite and quartz are clearly the top alternatives and have been the material of choice for home owners because of different factors.

Granite is an igneous rock that was formed thousands of years ago after liquefied volcanic stones cool down under extreme pressure. It is described as the hardest natural forming material and it is conveniently matched with its task as a kitchen area worktop. Granite worktops are loved for their sturdiness. They are very difficult to scrape or chip. This notwithstanding, granite handles heat impressively. This implies that hot skillets can be put straight into the granite worktops.

In addition to the granite being practical when used in an active cooking setting, granite also looks naturally immaculate.

  • The colour and pattern of each piece of granite varies by the geographical area. Every quarry has a unique looking granite with unique qualities. Some quarries will produce low quality granite while other quarries located at a different location will produce high quality granite.

As a prospective buyer of a granite worktop, you must possess the ability to locate the granite that suits your specific need. If you are not sure of how to do this, you should not be worried. Our business exists because of people like you.

Another reason that will make you want granite to adorn your kitchen is the flexibility.

  • Granite is not only aesthetically appealing for contemporary kitchen designs (its streamlined surface and clean lines have been proven great with minimalist design elements) but it is practical when used in the kitchen, office reception, fireplaces and bar tops.

Regardless of the design of your worktop area, area, granite will certainly add a touch of class and luxury to the area.

Price & Installation Of Granite Worktops in Croydon

If you are looking for new worktops in and around Croydon, we cannot overlook the fact that granite is costly. Yet in this very instance, the aged saying that ‘you get what you pay for comes into play. When properly installed and taken care of, granite surfaces last forever. Installing a granite countertop is an investment that should be seen as enhancing the market value of your home/house.

There are several factors that affect the pricing of granite slabs. Some of the most common reasons are quality, transport and installation and the dealer.

At SurfaceCo, you get to enjoy the most competitive prices without compromising on the quality of the stone and installation.

  • On average, the cost is between £60 and £440 per square metre. This however is not a fixed price and depends by the complexity of your project and more .

At SurfaceCo, we are not limited to kitchens alone. We sell and install granite slabs for commercial spaces like bars and restaurants. We pride our long line of engaging loyal customers since we believe in exceeding customer expectations without the customers breaking their banks. Our confidence in delivering quality services for less is not just words spoken in thin air; we walk the talk. Feel free to contact us at any time, and we promise to not leave you disappointed.

CONTACT DETAILS
SURFACECO Unit 7A, Nimrod Industrial Estate Nimrod Way Berkshire RG2 0EB
Telephone: 0800 050 2579 (Freephone) 0333 322 0204 (Mobile)
E-mail: Info@surfaceco.uk
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Granite Worktops Slough – Price & Installation!

Granite Worktops Slough

Looking for high quality Granite Worktops in Slough? Granite is perhaps the most beautiful and elegant stone that you can bless your kitchen with. Granite is a natural stone that is mined from the earth’s crust and transported to a cutting facility where they are cut into smaller practical slabs. The small slabs are then polished ready to adorn your home or commercial worktops.

Granite is famously known for its natural beauty. Besides it being aesthetically appealing, granite will bring your property value up by the same amount or more.

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5 Reasons to Choose Granite for your New Worktops

Why choose Granite Worktops

Granite is inarguably the most common worktop option for kitchens and bathrooms. This popularity has been there for quite some time and has even managed to shake off the beauty and versatility of quartz countertops. We will not be surprised if this popularity grows as new granite options are availed given the modern technology.

If you are asking if granite worktops are they worth the money, among the many reasons that make it stand out, here are the top five that will make you want to have a granite worktops:

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Granite Worktops, Are They Really Worth the Money?

Granite Worktops, Are They Really Worth the Money

It is undisputable that granite worktops are beautiful and go a long way to compliment any kitchen, home or bathroom. But beauty aside, are they really worth the money?

Granite worktops have numerous benefits and advantages that make them one of the most popular countertops. Granite is highly heat resistant meaning that it can take a hot pan without suffering aesthetical (loss of color or texture) or structural damage (melting and breakage). You can confidently drop a hot pan on your kitchen top without the fear of damaging it. Granite can handle up to 400oc of heat which is clearly more than enough in a kitchen.

Granite doesn’t not stain easily. And when it does stain, it is very easy to clean. Granite requires very little effort to keep it looking brand new even after four decades. You will not need to spend more money buying specialized cleaning products or hiring professionals to do your cleaning. Warm water and normal home detergents will be more than enough to keep your counter top looking fresh and new. On the other hand, you will not need to worry about bacteria contamination. When compared to other worktops such as wood, this is a big deal. This in mind, you can install granite at virtually any place in your home; bathroom, kitchen, dining room etc. How does wooden tops in bathroom handle the moisture?

  • Aesthetically, it is universally agreed that granite has the look. Granite slabs come in a variety of colors and patterns to choose from. This means you can have a custom made look for any of your worktop. You can have an original design for all your worktops given that they are over 50 different colors and patterns.

Some people may argue that it is better to have the cheaper wood or laminates countertops. But when you consider the maintenance over time, you will see you are better off with the expensive granite worktops. Wood and laminates is cheaper to buy and install. However, from time to time, you will be required to do regular maintenance and disinfection. The cost for the repair and disinfection in the long run will be more than a granite worktop.

Granite worktop do not depreciate overtime. And if they do, they depreciate at a very slow rate. If you are into the property market, or you are looking to sell your home in the future, having a granite countertop in your home will actually increase the property value in the market. You will be surprised by how much people will compliment your home for the granite finish.

One way to tell that a product is highly valued and adored, is to look at the number of imitations in the market. The more the imitations, the more valuable the original product is perceived in the market. Many design companies are selling cheaper imitation granite. And the reason is because granite stone worktops are beautiful and practical – fake it till you make it.

In summary, granite work tops are good looking and help to promote the overall appearance of your home and the market value. They save you on future maintenance cost and depreciation. You will not need to put in more money in the future as maintenance costs; once it is installed, you are done with it. Most installers and producers of granite, like Surfaceco give a long warranty if the countertop was installed by one of their authorized installers.

The lifespan of a granite worktop will often be longer than the house itself. So to answer the question, are granite worktops worth the money? With all these advantages, you can now figure it out yourself. If you need help, please feel free to call us at 0333 322 0204 or get now a free quote!

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