Kitchen worktops can be made from a huge choice of different materials and can be chosen according to your budget, your individual taste, the way that they perform in the kitchen, or a combination of any of those.
Budget is often a defining factor, but it doesn’t have to be. If you would like something such as natural stone for your kitchen worktops in St Albans, then it is going to cost more than something such as Corian (although that is fairly expensive) or laminates. However, there is one thing to bear in mind and it is this: when you have decided on your kitchen worktops, they are going to be with you for many years.
If you decide to paint your living room purple and then find that you don’t like it, it is not going to cost a fortune to buy some more paint and simply paint over it. However, a kitchen worktop is a different kettle of fish. Once you have fixed it to the cabinetry it is not something that is going to be easy to remove or change, so you are stuck with it. Unless you have unlimited resources, of course. It has to be designed and constructed so that it fits your cabinetry, sink, hob, and so on, precisely.
So if you are thinking along the lines of something more expensive such as granite worktops in St Albans and your budget really won’t stretch that far, it may well be worth saving up a bit for a few months so that you can have what you really want instead of making do with second best.
There are several stones that you can choose for kitchen worktops, but granite really is one of the best. It is extremely hard and almost indestructible. Almost.It does need to be treated with respect, as does any kitchen worktop material, but it can take a lot more punishment than most.
Perhaps most importantly, it comes in a huge choice of colours, and every slab is different, depending upon the various minerals which were present when the granite was formed. Those are what determine the colours and the different veining and patterns in the granite. What this means is that every single slab of granite is unique: nobody else will have a worktop the same as yours, of that you can be sure.
At Marble & Granite we can produce your kitchen worktops to your own specification, and you can select the slab or slabs that you wish us to use. Once you have placed your order, those slabs are yours.
While granite is extremely tough, it is still not a good idea to chop foods directly on top of it: you should always use a chopping board. The same thing applies to hot pans straight off the hob or out of the oven: use a trivet.
Even though granite is extremely hardwearing, it still has a certain amount of porosity. This means that it will need sealing with a proprietary sealant in order to ensure that spills do not cause any stains. That aside, your granite worktops will carry on for as long as you wish.