Granite is an eruptive rock composed of quartz and mica that was formed by the slow cooling of magma. It is highly resistant and has anti-abrasive properties. It can also withstand frost and thaw and comes in a large variety of colors, which makes it ideal for outdoor decorations. Granite can be used in commercial areas, and public places, as well as in paving streets, sidewalks, yards and alleys. It can also be used for indoor decorations, especially for kitchen benchtops.
Advantages and disadvantages of granite
Granite benchtops are very popular due to the rock’s natural beauty that can’t be matched by imitations. Although it can be more expensive than other benchtops (such as laminate benchtop), it is durable, heat resistant, doesn’t scratch easy and maintains its color. However, it can get stained if it comes in contact with wine or vinegar, so it has to be treated to waterproof its natural pores (just like you should do with any other benchtop made of natural stone). Because of their low costs, darker shades of granite have become more popular, but before buying it make sure it hasn’t been treated, as some manufacturers dye the natural stone to make it look darker. In time it will discolor and will get an unpleasant aspect, so you will have to polish it again, which can be rather expensive. Keep in mind that natural black granite will never discolor, so it is recommended that you check whether it has been treated or not before buying it. You can test it by pouring acetone or lemon juice on its surface. Then wipe it with a piece of white cloth and if you see any traces of black it means that it has been painted and you shouldn’t purchase it.
Buying granite benchtops comes with many advantages, because they are made of natural rock, have affordable prices and can be cut in many shapes, with a glossy or mat finish. They are very sturdy and don’t scratch easy. Granite has some disadvantages too, because it is a solid rock and your furniture must be able to sustain it. It can get stained, so it needs constant maintenance and you shouldn’t put hot items on it because any small, natural flaws could turn into major ones. Also, make sure you choose natural, high quality rocks that have benefitted from high quality processing.
Although it requires regular maintenance, granite isn’t very expensive and you can use it for both indoor and outdoor decorations. Its particular beauty makes granite one of the most used natural rocks for aesthetical purposes.