Waltham Abbey in Epping Forest is a pretty town of some 22,000 people with the River Lea on its’ west, and it dates back to the early 11th century. It is thought that it may well be the resting place of King Harold who died at the battle of Hastings in 1066.
If you live in the town, you may be considering renovating your kitchen. At Marble & Granite, we are familiar with Waltham Abbey, because we have helped with the installation of kitchen worktops for families there quite often over the last few years.
Of course, when you are considering kitchen worktops there is a range of different materials from which to choose. In fact, there are so many possibilities that it can become somewhat difficult to assess all of the pros and cons for each one. However, over the last few years, more and more people have been selecting from the range of natural stones that are available, because of their sheer beauty and the fact that, because they are natural, each slab is unique. That means that if you choose a natural stone, nobody else will have a surface that looks the same.
However, even with natural stone, there are choices, but we are finding that many people today are opting for granite because of the many benefits that it has.
If you are considering granite worktops in Waltham Abbey, lets take a look at this wonderful stone. You are probably aware of the phrase “hard as a rock”, and it may have been coined for granite. On the Mohs scale of hardness, it registers at 7 out of 10 (the latter being the hardest material which is of course, diamond) making granite probably the toughest stone that you can use in your kitchen.
Worktops Are Under Constant Pressure
And you do want something that can take the work because kitchen worktops are under constant pressure. When you are preparing food, the worktops are where it all happens. Plates get put on them. So do pans. Dough gets rolled out on the worktops. People accidentally drop things on them. Food gets chopped on them (although in most cases you should always use a chopping board). However, with that said, when you have granite worktops you are much more likely to damage the knife than the granite.
When it comes to the appearance of granite worktops, there is a huge choice of different slabs in a variety of colours. There are shades of brown, white, beige, red, blue, green, grey, and black, and of course the graining and waves can be muted or stand out strongly.
You can also have your granite worktops finished in whichever way you choose. Many people in Waltham Abbey opt for polished granite worktops, and there is no doubt that they look magnificent. However, you could also have a honed or leather finish if you prefer.
With so many advantages of granite worktops, you may be wondering if there is a catch. The only disadvantage is that granite is porous, so it can stain if you spill things on it and don’t wipe them up. However, there is a very simple answer to that, and it is to have a proper sealing coat put on the surface. This will prevent staining and keep your granite worktops looking fabulous.