AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011 - (Page 94)
Whether you want the warmth of wood, ease of laminate or quality of granite, our guide can help you choose the kitchen worktop that will be perfect for you
Granite is a natural stone that’s formed when lava cools and solidiﬁes. Quarried around the world, it comes in a vast array of colours and patterns. ‘When you choose granite, you choose a unique piece of natural art – direct from Mother Nature,’ say kitchen experts at B&Q.
What is it?
DID YOU KNOW? THE FINISH ON GRANITE IS POLISHED WITH DIAMONDS
Advantages It doesn’t come much tougher than
granite. It can put up with super-high temperatures, is resistant to water and most stains, and holds its colour for years. And as every slab is unique, you’re guaranteed a one-off worktop.
Installation can be a pain as it’s heavy to handle. It is porous and therefore needs to be cleaned gently and also sealed at least every few years to prevent staining. The look can vary signiﬁcantly within even a single slab, so bear in mind that your ﬁnal worktop might look different from the sample you chose it from.
Approximate average cost From £200 per sq metre. BEST FOR: AN INVESTMENT BUY THAT NOT ONLY HAS THE WOW FACTOR BUT IS ALSO EXTREMELY DURABLE
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