The kitchen countertops should be extremely hard-wearing, strong and should add beauty to the kitchen. There are several different types of materials available for kitchen countertops i.e. concrete, granite, marble, quartz, stainless steel, corian artificial, etc. It can be very confusing for one, to make the right choice. Some of them are expensive and require skills and experience to install while some are cheaper. While you are buying new kitchen countertop, you should always remember that countertop should always match with cabinets and in harmony with kitchen. The proper combination of these two will bring an attractive and unique look to your kitchen for a long time.
Granite is the second hardest material after diamonds. Granite is one of the best options for Kitchen countertop material as it is very durable, long-lasting and elegant in appearance. The sharpest knives even won’t scratch.
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Granite countertops are available in varieties of colours and patterns. It is available in varieties of colour including shades of white, black, grey, red, yellow, etc. There are different types of finishes for granite kitchen countertops, i.e. polished, honed, etc. Polished granite is most popular as it very shiny and has glossy finish. In the honed finish, the surface is smooth but not shiny. The edge of the countertops may be straight, bevelled or rounded.
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Granite countertops are easy to clean. They resist scratches, heat, stain, etc. The disadvantages of granite kitchen countertops are that they are more expensive and require some maintenance i.e. needs annual sealing. Corners may chip or break if a heavy object falls on them.
The size of granite kitchen countertops depend on the size of kitchen and space allotted for kitchen countertops. Granite slabs come in many different shapes and sizes. If the length of countertops is more than the nominal length of the slab, it will require a seam or joint. Granite slabs size is about 1220mm x 610mm (4′x2′) to 2745mm x 1220mm (9′x4′). The thickness of granite is usually 18mm to 40mm depending upon its length and breath.
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The granite countertops cost includes the cost of the granite slabs and labour cost. Granite countertops must be installed by a skilled person. The granite countertops cost approximately ranges from Rs. 2000 to Rs.3000/per sq.ft including labour cost.
Granite does require minimal care to ensure that it stays in great condition, including removing stains, and sealing and wiping down the surface. Wipe the countertops with the soft cloth and warm water daily. Mild household cleaners are suitable. Avoid using cleaning products with any kind of acid or abrasive; they may cause discolourations or scratches.