Granite is an igneous rock with a grained texture that can be medium or coarse. Granite has been used as a construction stone thanks to the density and viscosity of its structure. Its strength and resistance to water and temperature make granite an ideal material for kitchen and bathroom worktops, where it is today widely used.
Generally forming in small masses, granite forms a part of the Earths continental crust, and is formed from magma. The mineralogy of the granite rock is what determines the colour, which is why a piece of granite from taken from Yosemite National Park in America will inevitably have a different appearance to granite from Chennai in India.
Granite’s stylish appearance is what has made it an extremely popular choice for kitchen worktops and bathroom surfaces, plus of course its durability against the effects of water and heat. Granite used for kitchen worktops is sealed or polished before it leaves the factory to add extra protection. Polishing granite worktops is advisable every four months to maintain their strength and sheen for as long as possible.
Another popular worktop material is cimstone quartz. Cimstone worktops are a little pricier than granite worktops, however there are several advantages. Like granite they are favoured for their durability and strength, and also come in unique and aesthetically pleasing colours and patterns. However cimstone is stronger than granite, with tougher resistance against cracks and chipping. It is also slower to absorb liquids than granite and easier to clean. Cimstone worktops will last longer than granite, so if the budget can stretch, they are worth the purchase.