Granite is undoubtedly one of the most popular materials today when it comes to worktops of every kind – from professional kitchen worktops in high-end hotels and restaurants to humbler, more simple kitchen or bathroom worktops in an ordinary home.
But what is it about granite that makes it a material that’s hard to beat? First of all, it is a natural stone – which basically means that it has a unique, non-uniform look and appeal that could really alter your bathroom or kitchen and give it an exclusive, timeless, and elegant feel. Another aspect about granite is that it is strong and durable and is more resistant to heat and spills than other materials today.
If you are contemplating a change from your old, dingy kitchen or bathroom worktop to a granite worktop that is ten times more beautiful (and efficient), you have two choices to consider: granite slabs or granite tiles.
The similarities between granite slabs and tiles
Let’s admit, granite slabs and granite tiles are basically the same. They are both beautiful and attractive, they both come from the same material, which is natural stone, and they are both composed of a number of different patterns and hues that give them that extraordinary look. You can choose from a wide selection of colours and patterns, and you can be sure that no two granite slabs or tiles are alike.
The differences between granite slabs and tiles
But there are differences, nonetheless. For instance, with granite tiles, you may have more variety to choose from when it comes to colours and designs since they are often mined from a smaller deposit, so some hues and colours for granite tiles may not be found with bigger granite slabs.
The use of grout
However, there is another difference as well, and this has something to do with appearance. In fact, it is more noticeable than other differences. Granite tiles, whilst beautiful, need to be installed with the application of grout, which is applied in-between each tile. The grout itself, especially if not chosen correctly or improperly applied, can affect – and even mar – the appearance of the granite tiles. The good news, though, is that the grout in between the granite tiles can be applied in such a way that they are hardly noticeable. It can be de-emphasised, so it will only be seen when you look closely at the tiles. With granite slabs, you will have a uniform, smooth look all throughout the entire surface, which makes it ideal for kitchen worktops and bathroom worktops. But, at the end of the day, this difference is more of personal preference than anything else.
If you are adept at DIY projects and have experience laying tiles, then you can probably install your granite tiles yourself. But if you don’t have the proper experience, you are at risk of laying crooked tiles or not applying the grout properly. Granite slabs, on the other hand, will need to be installed by a professional at all times.
Care and maintenance
Both granite slabs and tiles are easy to care for because they are resistant to heat and spills and do well with normal wear and tear. They should simply be sealed properly. But if you have granite tiles, keep in mind that the grout also needs to be maintained regularly.
When it comes to worktops, you can’t go wrong with granite worktops. Whether you choose slabs or tiles, the main point is to install them correctly and make sure they are properly sealed and maintained.