10 Pros & Cons for Granite Freestanding Kitchen Islands
Granite is one of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops for many years now. Whether you decide to go with granite for the kitchen island, or as the only material for your countertops, the facts remain the same and that is that granite is so popular with good reasons. Some of those reasons are durability, moderate maintenance, very high resistance to heat…As with every material, there are cons as well, and it is best for you to vague the pros and cons according to your manner of use.
Granite is one of the toughest materials found in nature; it can handle weight easily without any break or crack.
2. Very resistant to high temperature
Putting away a still hot pan on your granite kitchen island is possible without any worries of damaging it.
3. Easy to maintain
Cleaning of granite is very easy; you should just use water and soap. However, you should seal it every 6-12 months, depending on the colour. Avoid cleaners that contain bleach or ammonia, as they will wear off the sealant.
Granite is 100% natural material, which is exploited from the earth. It preserves the characteristics that are unique for every rock, which is reflected in the granulation that is typical for granite.
5. Very hard
Granite won’t chip or crack easily. You can cut directly on your countertop, but beware that that might cause the dulling of your knives. It is highly scratch resistant.
6. Each slab is unique
No two slabs are ever the same; you will always have one of a kind product, even if you have the same style as your neighbour.
7. Can be recycled
Because granite is very long-lasting and its beauty won’t fade over time, it has value even after 10 years of use. If you decide to remove your countertops, you can resell or recycle them.
1. Some liquids can leave a stain
Granite is not completely non-porous material, which means that some liquids, like coffee or wine, can leave a stain. Therefore, be sure to wipe out the spillages as soon as you can.
2. Limited colour palette
Because granite is 100% natural material, it means that the colours are limited to the ones found in nature. You shouldn’t expect to find unusual and bold colours in granite’s range. However, granite still has a wide variety of colours, from classic whites to forest greens and blues.
3. Very heavy
Because it is so dense, it is heavy. Some cabinets may require additional structural support before the installation.
With the whole service provided by us, from the template to installation, you are just a week away from getting your new granite countertops for the kitchen island.
Contact us today to schedule your visit, and we will give our best to help you find the right granite colour for your kitchen island!