Granite: Then versus now

Kitchen with granite worktop

Granite, a quick history

Despite its frequent use in luxury homes in the 1920’s, it was not until the 1970’s that granite first became one of the most popular choices of countertop across the globe.

Its unique aesthetic appeal and hard wearing nature meant that homeowners began to see Granite as a great investment. Granite quickly replaced the previously popular Corian countertops from the 50’s as a more heat and scratch resistant option- perfect qualities for the modern kitchen.

That being said, as Granite was new to the scene in the 70’s and 80’s it was often only available in two colours and would set you back quite a bit. Per square foot, granite was over three times the price of Corian stone and significantly more expensive than laminate- a timeless household favourite. Plus, granite in this era wasn’t anywhere near as resilient as it is today as a result of poor installation and inadequate sealing.

However, the limited colour palette and excessive cost didn’t put people off as everyone wanted this new, exciting and seemingly luxurious stone to become the centrepiece of their home. It wasn’t long before granite became the must have material in every 80’s kitchen and soon became the gold standard used for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

How has Granite changed?

In 2020, granite has evolved dramatically and is arguably more popular than ever before. Over the years the techniques for quarrying, cutting, transporting and installing have developed dramatically meaning that granite is now available in an extensive range of colours and patterns. Each piece is entirely unique and contains beautiful natural veining throughout, making it the perfect one of a kind piece to tie any kitchen or bathroom together.

Availability

As mentioned, the installation process is now quicker, more efficient and leaves your countertop looking better than ever. Granite can now be perfectly cut and crafted to meet the exact shape and design required in any setting by using CAD and computerised saws to accurately cut the stone to the millimetre. The slab can then be seamlessly installed and sealed by specialist granite installers- a process which was often neglected in the early years of granite’s popularity. Granite is a porous stone and therefore will require regular sealing every one to five years to keep the stone protected and to keep your countertop looking its best. This process has been honed and perfected over the years to ensure granite in 2020 is a great investment.

Lower cost

In terms of price, the fast growing popularity of granite over the years has meant the cost has been dramatically reduced making this beautiful stone more accessible and budget friendly. Depending on the colour, style and fabrication of your granite countertops the price will vary but generally you can find the right granite countertop to suit your budget.

In summary

Granite worktops have sustained their popularity over the last 50 years and it is clear that it’s a kitchen and bathroom trend that is here to stay. It is a natural stone that offers a classic look that has and will remain in style for the foreseeable future whilst offering long term durability that is required for the everyday life of modern homes. Granite assures you that it will always serve its purpose of being stain resistant, hard wearing and durable in both kitchens and bathrooms whilst remaining a stunning focal point in any home.

If you are interested in finding out more about Granite countertops or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today at Granite & Quartz Installations on 0161 287 0715 to find out more about our worktops and receive a no obligation quote for your project.

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