Granite worktops, natural stone counters, supplied and fitted in London, Kent and Essex.
Granite is the original, and still most popular, stone used for kitchen worktops. Some may prefer the uniformity and consistency of quartz, for others natural stone has an inherent beauty that cannot be improved upon. The colour and pattern in granite worktops is created by the arrangement of minerals within the stone. Because of this each slab is slightly different in appearance and may have slight imperfections. Whilst some see this as a reason not to choose granite for their countertops, many of us believe this adds interest and appeal to the finished stone. If you are in London, Kent, Essex or the South East then we will be able to supply and fit granite worktops for you, either with a kitchen or as a standalone product.
What are the things I need to know about regarding the measuring and fitting of my granite worktops.
Having granite worktops fitted involves a number of steps that you need to be aware of. If we are installing your kitchen as well as your counters then we will take care of most of the following. If your worktops are a standalone purchase then there are a few things you will need to undertake yourself.
Ordering and templating.
We can normally provide you with an accurate quote from the plans or dimensions you provide. If you are happy with the price then we need a deposit and at this stage will schedule a visit to template your granite tops.
The purpose of the template is to ensure your worktops will fit properly and the price rarely changes as a result of the templaters visit. It is best if you are present for this stage of the process to ensure that you are happy with the profiles, where any joints will be positioned, where you want the tap hole etc.
In order for the template to take place your kitchen base units need to be in position, level and screwed to the wall. Once the template has been made it is important that the units are not moved or adjusted before the worktops are fitted. If they are it is possible your worktops will not fit which may result in additional costs being incurred.
Will there be any joints in my worktops?
The number of joints, if any, will depend on the layout and size of your kitchen and the access to your property. Granite is a heavy material and there is a practical limit to the size of slabs that can be manhandled into position, normally around 3m x 2m is the largest dimension for a single piece of stone. In most cases we can tell you if any joints will be required from the initial plans you provide us with.
What happens during the installation of my granite worktops?
If we are supplying and fitting your kitchen we will take care of all of the following, if we are just supplying and fitting worktops you need to ensure that:
1. Your existing worktops are removed prior to installation. You will also need to arrange disposal of same.
2. We will fit the sink and hob into the worktop but you will need to arrange for a suitably qualified plumber or electrician to disconnect and reconnect the gas, water and electrical supply as necessary.
3. If you have chosen a particularly heavy undermount sink a wooden frame may need to be constructed by your kitchen installer to support it. It is usually best if this is done after we have fitted the sink to the granite.
How to care for your granite worktops.
With a little care your granite worktops should give you years of pleasure, below are a few tips for their care and maintenance.
To clean your worktops rinse with clean warm and occasionally add non-abrasive light neutral detergent PH7. Dry with a chamois leather or similar
We recommend that you use a trivet for hot pans and a chopping board when preparing food.
Granite is waterproof and highly durable but the surface sealer does need regular re-application. All spilt liquids should be mopped up immediately.
The most risk is from highly alkaline or acidic liquids (such as lemon juice or vinegar), oil based substances (such as butter and cooking oils - hot oil splattering from cooking pans around the cooker), wine, detergents and alcohol.
Do not allow any build up of salt or detergent on your granite worktop.
Granite worktops should not be brought into contact with strong acids or chemicals including paint stripper, brush cleaner, oven cleaner, nail varnish remover, degreasant or similar products.