Granite is a natural stone material that is now trending as kitchen cabinet countertops. The craze of the not-too-distant past for man-made countertop materials, like laminated surfaces and resin counters, has now given way for natural eco-friendly materials like granite.
The only other material that ranks closely to this perennial top choice is engineered quartz.
Granite countertops come in various shades and mix of colours, depending on which region of the world it originates from. Its hard cold surface serves as a great place for food preparation; tasks such as rolling pastry, seasoning meat cutlets, and breadcrumb(ing). It is ideal for preparing foods because its surface doesn’t harbor or breed bacteria, coupled with the fact that it is easy to clean and is stain resistant.
For many homeowners, having a nice gleaming granite surface in their kitchen is a dream, however, the material tends to be quite expensive. But when you really look at it, it may cost you some more money than other kitchen countertop alternatives, but you’ll be getting top value for your money. It lasts for as long as you have it installed in your kitchen.
If you really desire to have a granite countertop but can’t quite afford the price tag, an aesthetically pleasing but suitable combination of wood and granite solid looks great. This means that certain areas of the cabinet tops may have insets of hardwood surfaces, probably cut in some creative form, but still serving as a functional surface.
These sections for example, can serve for cutting, dicing, or chopping food ingredients. The countertop can be predominantly wood so that the cost for the granite sections will help trim your budget, thus reducing costs considerably . . . much less than you’ll have to fork out for a full granite countertop.
For granite tops, having 2mm slabs cut to order and shape is best. Once the kitchen cabinetry arrangement has been ascertained on plan, a template of the top is what’s required to cut the slabs in order for them to fit. This way, seams are less and can be placed in such a way that they’ll be barely visible.