Granite – how is it created, how to maintain it and how to use it?
Granite is a igneous rock that develops deep inside the Earth’s core and sips to the surface through the cracks and then it cools down.
It has a lot of various uses in construction works: kitchen and bathroom worktops, stairs, fireplaces and other applications.
Granite surface cannot be cleaned with chemicals that consist of phosphoric, citric, formic, acetic or hydrochloric acids or bleaches. It should be wiped with soft, damp cloth or washed with water mixed with delicate detergent.
Stone composite – creation, use, maintenance
Stone composite is an artificial (synthetic) material that is made of natural stone, resin, pigments and other additives. Every good stonemason company can produce this type of stone with proper tools.
It is mainly used for kitchen and bathroom tops, stairs, flooring and wall panelling.
It is also very easy to maintain – smaller stains can be wiped with dry cloth or sponge. Bleaches and strong detergents are not advised – special delicate chemicals or simple mix of water and dishwashing liquid will suffice.
Marble – the most important info
Marble is a metamorphic rock that is most often used in construction to create flooring, fireplace inlays, stairs and bathroom walls. It is not suitable for kitchen worktops, as it is rather brittle, soft and absorbs stains and dirt very quickly.
Its maintenance is hard, but it can be very easily renovated. Nonetheless, cleaning it with a damp, soft cloth is needed. It should be noted that the surface should be always dried, as marble absorbs water.
Granite or marble – which one should be used in the kitchen?
Both stones are used in construction, but granite is much more durable and resistant to all harmful factors, such as moist or mechanical damage. It is also much easier to maintain.
It is worth noting that marble is a very exclusive stone that can be much more expensive than granite. Both stones are available in numerous colours and patterns.
What determines the price of marble, granite and composite?
Usually, marble and granite are comparable in price, while composites are cheaper. Composite’s price is mainly dependent on its colour and manufacturer. In turn, the cost of natural stone depends on its composition, originality and scarcity or abundance of material. The more unique the stone, the more expensive it is.
From the design to the installation – how long does it take to have a granite worktop?
Manufacturing process of a granite worktop usually takes 3 to 7 days. There are a lot of manufacturers out there and as such, there is no problem with the availability of materials, but when it comes to really rare stones, the realization time can prolong to a dozen days.
How does it work? First, the customer chooses the material and its colour, than it is evaluated, measured and the proper worktop is cut, modelled and prepared for installation.
What should I do before the worktop is installed?
First of all, make sure that all cupboards and cabinets are secure and levelled. Modern kitchen furniture is usually durable enough to support the weight of granite worktops, but we always check that and ask our customers to strengthen it if such need appears.
It is of utmost importance to have the sink, the faucet and the stove already chosen to avoid faulty measurements. You shouldn’t move your furniture after the measuring.
How long will it take to install the kitchen worktop? Should I be present during this process?
Worktop installation shouldn’t take more than a few hours, but the whole process demands a lot of precision and care. Customers don’t have to be present during the installation, although they should appear for the final approval. If you are not able to approve the installation yourself, you should appoint someone who will take responsibility for any damages that appear after our work is done.
Why should I choose PMgranite?
We are a young team of experts with a lot of experience in masonry. We know the ins and outs of the British market. You can easily check our credentials – our customers praise our work ethic and quality of service on our official page and on our Facebook profile. Customer’s satisfaction is our main goal and thanks to great reviews we are motivated to work even better.
How to choose a proper colour of stone?
Every interior should be treated individually. Our experience allows us to advise you on the proper choice of hues and materials. We are also able to deliver samples of any stone we work with and, at your request, we can even show you whole slabs of stone so you can evaluate their quality.
What should I do when my kitchen worktop has flaws or decolourized areas?
Natural stone obviously has natural flaws, dots and discolouration that cannot be removed, but we always try to carefully check the surface to make sure it is beautiful (although some materials are naturally multi-coloured or stained). When it comes to marble, many flaws can be easily removed even after installation.
Artificial stone is another case – it shouldn’t have any flaws excluding microscopic dots.
What determines the final price of my worktop?
There are a couple of factors involved: choice of material and its quantity, choice of finishing, number of joints are the basic ones. There are of course others – the choice and dimensions of sink, stove, number of sockets and other details. Thus, every price is an individual, specific case determined by the amount of work. If the final price exceeds your budget, we can propose an alternative solution.