A kitchen benchtop adds a decorative element to the kitchen. Plus, it provides the major work surface for food preparation. So, both aesthetic and practical considerations are important when choosing a material. For this reason, granite counters are a good choice. Consider the following specific benefits of this type of stone benchtop.


Part of the charm of a granite countertop is that each slab is unique. The patterns and swirls vary within the rock depending on its specific mineral content. This means that if you install several slabs in your kitchen, they could fluctuate rather than be uniform. Though, because of this natural variation, no one else will have a replica of your counter.

Finish Options

The look of a granite countertop depends on how it's finished. You could install a polished slab with dimension and depth created by the muted shadows across the surface. However, though polished granite is a popular option, it's not the only choice. You could install a honed counter that is buffed to a soft sheen rather than a high shine. Without the polish, these benchtops look organic and rustic, as though they've been transported straight from nature. They don't look so manicured. Another possibility is a flamed counter. These rock pieces are heat-treated to create a texture effect. However, because they're not smooth, they're not as easy to wipe clean as an even benchtop.


Bear in mind that granite and other natural stone pieces are relatively heavy when compared to options such as laminate. Thus, if you're swapping from a lighter countertop to a granite one, check that your cabinets are strong enough to carry the stone. Because the edges of a granite countertop are finished, you can install an under-mount sink for a sleek look. But you can also install an overmount sink as well if you prefer.


Another attribute of granite is that it's durable. Being relatively heat resilient, granite doesn't scorch easily. However, place hot pots on trivets to be safe. Granite is also hard and largely resists scratching. Dark granite can be harder than lighter coloured granite, though, so the hardness does vary between counters. Most rock is reactive to acidic substances such as lemons and tomatoes. So take care to wipe spills properly.


Though stone benchtops are resilient, they do require regular sealing. If you pour a tiny bit of water on an adequately sealed counter, it will bead. If the sealant has worn out, the water will soak into the stone, telling you that it needs a new protective layer.