Elegant Granite Countertops
Dramatic natural stone benchtops that make a unique design statement.
Working with natural stone enables you to create a one of a kind kitchen in the age of mass production. Granite is an igneous rock formed by the slow crystallization of magma below the surface of the earth, so no two pieces are alike. This remarkable stone comes in an enormous range of colours and vein types ranging from the classic pink and grey crystalline structure to dramatic black and white stone with flowing veins which echoes the flowing lava that formed the granite millions of years ago. Known as a ‘prestige material’ granite has been used for thousands of years in architecture and is known in the industry for its durability, lasting quality and elegant appearance.
Granite benchtop colours
When we think of granite, we generally think of a rock which is a mixture of pink, white grey and black grains. However, the colour of granite is determined by the proportions of different minerals present in the molten rock which slowly cooled to create the stone. Six key different minerals (quartz, feldspar, potassium feldspar, biotite, muscovite and amphibole) mix together produce a veritable rainbow of different granite colours ranging from milky white to metallic gold and even blue or dark green. Some granite mineral combinations are even common enough to have earnt their own names like Giallo Ornamental granite which is partly metamorphosed and is characterized by white colouring and an elegant, swirl texture or Volga Blue granite which has an iridescent blue colour.
Countertop finishing options
Granite countertops also come in a wide range of finishing options which not only affect the appearance of the stone, but also change surface tendencies like how vulnerable it is to staining. Some of the most popular finishing options include:
Cleaning and maintaining a granite benchtop
As granite is a porous stone, a sealant needs to be applied to ensure the stone is protected from materials which may take away from its appearance and impact it’s lifespan. To protect the sealant, avoid using acid based cleaners (lemon, orange, bleach or vinegar based) as these can cause staining. To clean your granite, all you need is warm water, a small amount of dish soap, and a towel for drying.
Build a unique kitchen with quality materials that are custom cut and finished to suit your needs and taste. Get in touch with the team at Stone Design Group by calling 03 9498 3444.