Granite Countertops For Restaurants: When To Choose Them

Commercial restaurant countertops suffer a lot of stress, from hot and cold foods to heavy loads and overuse. When it comes to restaurant countertops, you want to make sure the material you use can withstand such stress. Is granite the right choice for you? Can it cope with the demands of commercial kitchens?

Pros

Granite is both trendy and popular. It can withstand a lot of abuse: heat, spills, knife cuts, etc. It is also easy to maintain and provides a hygienic anti-bacterial working surface.

One of the greatest attributes of granite is its attractive appearance. It has a beautiful shiny luster and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, from mahogany black to pale beige. It is also easy to clean, ensuring the highest levels of hygiene.

Granite is considered environmentally-friendly as it is a naturally occurring product that is mined from quarries.

Cons

Unlike other materials such as quartz, granite is slightly porous. This means that water and other liquids can seep through it and cause the material to stain. Fortunately, granite is typically sealed before it is installed.

However, you will still have some maintenance to do. You will need to reseal it every two years and polish it often to maintain its luster. Granite is also heavy and will need a solid base to support its weight.

Finally, it is a little pricey.

When to Go for Granite

  1. When you want a sophisticated high end look. Granite and quartz are ideal for upscale restaurants where style and luxury are important.

  2. When you have the budget. If you can afford the cost of purchase and installation, including a solid base, go for it.

  3. When you are ready for regular maintenance. If not properly sealed, your granite countertops will be vulnerable to spills. As a result, they will become stained and start to look drab. Make sure you have a maintenance schedule and budget to match.

If you don't fit into that category, all is not lost. You have other options.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a nonabsorbent material that looks beautiful in a kitchen. Quartz countertops come in a lot of different styles. It is ideal for customer-facing cutting and food prep tables as well as bars. It's also heat resistant and needs very little maintenance.

Plastic Laminate

This is an affordable alternative if you are on a tight budget. Unfortunately, it can be warped through water seepage. It is also not very durable.

Stainless Steel

It is a hygienic and durable countertop material but is considered unattractive. Complement it with dark wood to improve its aesthetic appeal.

Granite countertops are luxurious, durable, and functional. Whether or not you choose them will depend on the look and feel you want to create and your budget.

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