Granite worktops are a significant investment. Depending on the size of your kitchen or bathroom, you will need to make a fair financial commitment. However, on the up side, you are investing in your home, its value and appeal. So, if you are considering granite but you’re not sure what to expect, here are a few things to keep in mind.
You are bound to notice that there are a number of colours and designs out there. The veining will vary since this is a natural stone. It’s important to shop according to your needs as well as prices and, once you know what you want, you can have the supplier provide you with a quote.
Shop around and, once you find the best quality granite at the best price, it’s time to place your order. The supplier will let you know how long it will take to process your order and don’t forget to specify any design details if necessary. This include rounded edges and grooves for the sink area.
If you plan on installing the worktops yourself, this can be done but it’s important to understand that granite is heavy and you will need a few extra hands. This is why so many people opt for a professional installation. Once your stone worktops are in place, you will need to clean them with some water and check to make sure that they are sealed. Spray water on the worktops and see if the water forms beads. If not, your worktops should be sealed promptly. This is to prevent damage and stains.
By cleaning with water or special granite surface cleaners, you will protect your worktops for years to come. In addition, you should never cut straight on the surface or place hot items on this stone since it will result in minimal damage at least. Over time,minimal damage becomes more evident and can ruin the perfect look of your kitchen. Provided you follow the care instructions from the supplier, you can expect your granite worktops to last for many years!