Granite is a versatile material which works for both modern and traditional kitchen settings. Unique patterning on the surface of each piece of granite brings both charm and character, whilst also effecting a personalised and highly luxurious finish for a kitchen. This makes it a stylish choice for splashbacks and upstands, as well as the more usual worktop option.
Colour options for granite splashbacks
As with quartz and Corian®, people usually choose Granite splashbacks or upstands if they want to create a seamless look with their worktop choice (although a complete contrast is also possible, entirely dependent on personal preference). Granite splashbacks are available in a range of colours. Traditional granite colours include pale tones such as white and gold, but black and brown hues are also now increasingly popular within modern kitchen design. This is largely because dark granites will suit any style of kitchen, whether traditional or modern. Generally (but not always) the darker the granite, the more hardwearing it is. This is another reasons why dark granite colours have become so popular. But no matter your colour preference, it is strongly advisable to see samples before making any commitment. This includes trying them out within your kitchen (if existing) to see how your preferred granite colour responds and appears under your kitchen lighting, both natural and artificial.
How are granite splashbacks and worktops formed
One of the earth’s hardest natural products, Granite is a high quality, solid surface material produced from compressed molten rock, formed over millions of years. It is drilled and blasted from quarries, before being cut into workable slabs suitable for kitchen worktops and granite splashbacks. The maximum size of a single piece of granite cut for a worktop is usually 3.1 metres in length, and is generally 300mm thick, or else 200mm thick if intended for a granite splashback.
Honed or polished granite splashbacks
The principal factor that will determine the look of your granite (and kitchen) is whether you opt for a polished or honed granite.
As its name suggests, a polished granite creates a shiny finish and is popular for country and traditional style kitchens. Alternatively, honed granite is a non-shiny, matt finish. It is much more textured, yet understated. This makes it a more suited choice for a distinct and contemporary kitchen look. If choosing a honed granite you need to be careful and test out your samples as certain variations of the stone can show up wet marks for longer.
Granite splashback maintenance and durability
As previously stated granite is an extremely hard surface material, which makes it durable and well suited for a kitchen environment. However, it is also a surface that needs requires regular maintenance if it is to preserve its eye-catching look.
A full list of advantages and disadvantages of granite splashbacks are summarised as follows:
- Granite splashbacks exude an elegant and sophisticated look
- Granite is very versatile
- It is easy to clean with non-acidic and non-abrasive cleaning products
- It is durable
- Granite is available in a range of different colours
- It can be cut, shaped and polished to suit individual taste (this includes socket cut-outs).
- You can have full sheets without seams. The longest length possible is 3000mm x 1450mm, dependent on the slab and particular material
- If you choose a matching granite splashback and worktop it should lessen the template and fit charges, compared with the cost of choosing contrasting granites.
- Granite suits both modern and traditional spaces, and can give a modern twist on a traditional kitchen space
- Granite is ideal for one-off looks because of its unique patterning- specific slabs can be chosen for their distinctive pattern effect.
- Granite is porous so some stones, and usually those in lighter colours can stain over time
- As the surface is much more reflective than quartz or other composites, it can be hard to clean, particularly within darker colours
- Granite is one of the more costly splashback options
- It’s not stain proof
- Whilst some suppliers may advise granite is heat resistance, our advice is that nothing is damage proof and granite carries a risk of Thermal Shock creating hairline fractures within the surface
- A chopping board should always be used to prevent any scratches. However any scratches that do occur can usually be repaired through filling and polishing.
- It is difficult to get a completely smooth surface on stone, and a rough surface can easily harbour dirt and bacteria which is unhygienic and harder to clean.
- This is not necessarily a disadvantage as it varies according to personal taste but if your worktop or splashback is produced from different slabs the appearance may vary as no two slabs are ever fully identical. This usually means slight variations with both the colour and pattern.
- Granite surfaces need sealing and may require resealing once a year
- Honed granite surfaces are more likely to stain than polished surfaces
For more information on granite splashbacks, please contact us.