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Our Buyers Guide to Granite Kitchen Benchtops

Granite Benchtops offer enduring natural elegance and unequaled durability.

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Granite Benchtops offer enduring natural elegance and unequaled durability whereby providing uncompromising style to any New Kitchen build or Kitchen Renovation. Granite may also be used for kitchen Splashbacks. Granite is a naturally occurring material that is available in many different forms and colours to suit any kitchen style.


There are formations of Granite that are reasonably uniform in colour and pattern throughout the slab and then there are others that have natural random swirls of colour and depth, each creating their own natural individual patterns. Granites form into a wide array of colours covering Blacks, to dark Greens, Blues, Browns, and Reds. Some types of Granite have deep translucent Opal effects of Blue and some with Green.


There are forms that are pure Black and there are other Black Granites that have include reflective Silver flecks throughout and others with reflective flecks of Gold Broncite inclusions. There are a few types that have lighter tones and come in colours such as Greys, Beige, Apricot, rusty Yellows, there are Granites that form with a mix of White and Black striations and there are a few types that have a dominant white ground.


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Granite tops are joined together on site using a colour matched adhesive resin. These Benchtop joins will be visible and so we plan the position of our joins for their best appearance. Granite tops are best supported by a strong and stable cabinet sub-structure to prevent the tops from cracking or moving. It is because of the massive weight of Granite that our types of custom cabinet base and carcass design are perfect for these very heavy tops.


While Granite and Marble slabs are very strong and hard wearing, they are also slightly porous to varying degrees from 0.4% in Granite to  2% for marble and so they need to be sealed periodically, where this is a very simple process. In general the darker the Granite the less porous they are and the longer they can go between sealing whereas Marble require more frequent treatment. The sealing process is very easy to do; simply being wiped over with a cloth and liquid sealer such as "Rainstop" and once it has been allowed to dry for a few minutes, it then just requires a wipe over with another clean soft cloth.

Granite is extremely scratch, heat and burn resistant. Square edges can however be chipped if hit by an equally dense material, so we recommend using rounded off edges, even if these are just a small radius of just 4mm as this disipates the force and protects the edges. Granite is also easy to clean; usually only requiring clean hot water and a clean cloth, and finishing with a quick wipe dry.




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Granite is generally available in slabs that are around either 20mm thick or 30mm thick and these can be built-up if you require a thicker appearance. Granite surfaces have a much higher gloss than those of any of the alternative composite stone materials. Natural Granite also has a much deeper surface translucency when compared to manmade Reconstituted Stone.

An alternative stone material to Natural Granite, is the manmade stone product known as Reconstituted Stone. We have a section for you about Reconstituted Stone and its properties back on the Materials page.

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Specializing in Kitchen Renovations here in South Australia we service all suburbs ranging from the Inner Adelaide districts and radiating out to the Eastern, Western and Southern suburbs and those extending throughout the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula including Goolwa to Victor Harbor to Normanville & Yankalilla.

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