Worktops occupy a substantial space in your kitchen and so when buying a new one it is important to consider your options carefully. Two materials commonly used today for kitchen worktops are granite and glass. Granite worktops are known for their beauty strength but being naturally sources they can be expensive. Glass worktops are a stylish alternative choice for any kitchen.
Both types of worktop have their pros and cons:-
Granite worktops are manufactured from natural stone granite, which is what makes it one of the most hard-wearing kitchen worktops.
No two granite worktops are alike because they are natural so they are a very stylish and much individualised worktop for discerning people.
Granite worktops offer natural heat resistant properties. They can cope well with spills from hot or cold food stuffs but they do not respond well to acidic products, they remain functional if care are and maintenance is applied as soon as stains or spills happen preventing long-lasting damage.
Granite worktops are very porous however, this can result in water stagnation and bacterial contamination if not cared for properly. A precaution that you may need to take with your granite worktop is to treat the worktop with a sealant. This is easily available but does need to be kept up on a yearly basis. This is the only answer to protecting your granite worktop.
Glass can be built of required strength is generally durable enough to withstand the average kitchens domestic requirements. As fragile as it looks it is strong enough to last.
Glass worktops are much easier to clean. Any cleaning products can be used on glass worktops without them being marked or stained. Glass worktops require very little maintenance. Glass worktops are extremely durable, and offer nowhere for bacteria to hide. Glass worktops provide the definitive wipe clean surface, helping to keep your kitchen both looking clean, and also staying hygienically clean too, which is significant in keeping your family safe.
Glass is easy to install and replace if it gets broken as opposed to granite worktops that are better suited to professional instillation. It is generally more economical to install a glass worktop as compared to the instillation of a granite countertop. Costs are a consideration when it comes making a choice between worktops.
Glass worktops come in a wider variety of lively colours and it reflects light around the room. Textures can also be added to the final worktop making it very easy to personalise your kitchen.
Features can be incorporated into the plan of glass worktops at the time of fitting. Examples include embedded LED lights, touch screen, to specialist drainage channels. Your imagination really is the limit when it comes to incorporating glass into your home.
To help you make your final decision between to two, it may be worth having a look at a gallery of worktops for kitchens in order to fully appreciate just how they compare in terms of materials and techniques and durability.