by Creak Limbron
23 Decemeber, 2014

One of the popular choices for flooring and bench tops today is granite stones or slabs. When you consider the various characteristics of this natural stone, it is easy to understand why this is true. Granite comes in a wide assortment of styles and colours along with being highly durable. However, there also are drawbacks of to using granite slabs and stones. To further inform you on granite, we provide you with the following pros and cons of this stone.

Pros of Using Granite Stones and Slabs

One. The Durability of Granite Is Difficult to Beat

Granite is an igneous rock and forms through the crystallisation of magma under the surface of the Earth. As a result, it is extremely heat-resistant and withstands hot pots and pans without scorching. Also, it resists scratches from knife cuts.

Two. A Wide Range of Colours and Styles Are Available in Granite

Another advantage of granite is that it comes in numerous colours and styles. The colours range from light, neutral shades to dark shades of gray, brown and even black. Some styles are so dense that they have a smooth appearance whereas, other styles of it are more rugged looking. You can definitely find the right shade and style for your home.

Three. Granite Allows for Undermount Sinks

If you are a fan of undermount sinks, granite is a suitable choice for your bench top needs. It can be polished around the sink opening ensure that you can push the crumbs off the bench top smoothly right into the sink.

Four. Fewer Seams Are Necessary With Granite Bench Tops

Granite slabs are large enough to reduce the amount of seams that are necessary with bench tops. The finished results are higher quality as a result.

Cons of Using Granite Stones and Slabs

One. Granite Requires Sealing to Be Stain Resistant

The first downside of granite stones and slabs is the fact that they require sealing to be stain-resistant. While some sealants have a long life, others require reapplication each year.

Two. Granite Can Be the Pricier Option

An additional disadvantage to granite is that is a pricier option in comparison to laminates and timber options. However, it is about the same as other natural stone options. Also, it always requires professional installation.

Three. You Must Use the Right Cleaners on Granite for Daily Maintenance

Avoid highly acidic or alkaline cleaning solutions with granite. Only use mild, pH-neutral ones on granite.

For further pros and cons on using granite stones and slabs, turn to MSM Group. We specialise in the cut and installation of stone bench tops, flooring, wall paneling, spa surrounds and splashbacks.

MSM Stone specialises in Marble, Granite, Decton, Neolith and Reconstituted Stone Benchtops.