Granite is one of the most popular materials used for kitchen benchtops, and yet people are often more likely to look to tiles for their splashbacks. It's a little confusing since granite splashbacks share the benefits that have made granite benchtops so popular.
If you haven't yet considered using granite instead of tiles for your splashbacks, here are just four important reasons why you should.
1. Perfectly Styled
It's pretty unlikely that your benchtops are surfaced with tiles. In fact, you're far more likely to use granite instead. With that in mind, why not use granite for the splashback? The two will join seamlessly and create a more unified appearance. This is a particularly good idea if you're fully renovating your kitchen and updating both the benchtops and the splashback.
2. Timeless Appeal
Natural stones like granite possess a timeless appeal, so using them in your kitchen is a good idea if you want something that's going to last. The tiles you choose now could well look outdated in a few years' time. In contrast, a granite splashback should stay looking attractive because the material is less vulnerable to changing fashions. This is also a factor well worth taking into consideration if you think you might sell your home in the not too distant future - granite splashbacks provide a more neutral appearance likely to appeal to a wider buying audience.
3. Harder to Clean
One of the central disadvantages that comes with using tiles for your splashback is that they require plenty of grouting lines. This breaks up their appearance, but the more serious problem is that cleaning those grout lines requires a lot of elbow grease. Dirt and grease can easily collect along them, turning the grouting from white to a dingy grey, and it takes a lot of work to scrub those grout lines back to clean. In contrast, granite splashbacks are relatively easy to maintain because they will have no grout lines. In fact, they will be practically seamless, so just a quick wipe down will be enough to get them shining.
Finally, granite is a far tougher material than the porcelain or ceramics used to make most kitchen tiles. If you bang a saucepan against them or accidently strike them with a knife, damage is less likely to occur. With the kitchen seeing plenty of heavy items moved around all the time, this isn't a benefit you can afford to ignore.