Granite Work Tops 

Granite Work Tops
All our Granite worktops are cut and manufactured in our own dedicated and bespoke manufacturing facility using the latest Computer Numerical Controlled machinery (CNC), which ensures precise and accurate cutting of the granite for perfect work surface installation. With over 25 years experience in the stone industry you can rest assured that you are in the hands of experts. 
 
 
Granite cutouts

Precision manufacturing 

A top quality Granite worktop job when finished to the highest standard, requires accurate templating before installation. Our cutting and polishing is carried out on the latest precision machinery in a dedicated and bespoke manufacturing facility, ensuring a perfect fit and a superior finish 
 
Granite inset sinks

Only the best for you 

At Interiors by Tony P we provide a full template and fitting service, we ensure all our work meets the highest quality standards. 
 
Granite custom made curves

Custom made : 

Before the granite worktops can be manufactured and installed a site survey has to be carried out which is called templating. This involves making exact replica of the required granite worktops, taking accurate measurements of the kitchen units and final locations of sinks, hobs, taps or any other fittings required which all need to be available on site. This is then used to manufacture the granite work tops ensuring a precise and accurate cutting of the granite for a perfect work surface installation. 
 

Technical Specifications 

Granite selection
Introduction 
Formed millions of years ago, granite is one of the hardest substances on earth, rating 7 on Mohs hardness scale. 
 
Joints 
Granite joints are finished with a small ariss to the top edge. Silicone sealant is applied to prevent water ingression. 
 
Thermal expansion 
Due to thermal expansion granite can expand up to 1mm per metre. A gap of at least 3mm should be left at each end of the worktop when fitted and filled with decorators caulk. When granite is joined to other materials (such as glass, steel or wood) an elastic type of adhesive, for example polyurethane, is required for expansion. 
 
Overhangs and supports 
Any overhang extending more than 300mm must be supported. 
 
Internal Radius 
Internal profile edges on all edge detail other than bevel edge must have a radius of at least 60mm. Bevel edges don't have this constraint as they are hand finished. 
 
Granite Hob and Sink cutouts
Hob and Sink cutouts 
Granite sink / hob cut outs are barred front & back (fitting of steel support bars to give additional support to cutouts), Without steel supports bars, the length of a cut out is reduced considerably. Large cut outs need to be scored and cored on occasions. This leaves the corners of the cutout in place, ready for removal on-site by the installer. Granite is susceptible to 'blowing out'. 
 
This occurs when contact is made with the material whilst cutting or grinding. This is very common in large particled granite. ie. we fill and seal the affected areas with epoxy resin (colour may vary) to ensure the material is not left with any sharp edges or 'chips'. 
 
Slips (kit form) around sink and hob cutouts are fitted in certain circumstances, if tops are too long and depending upon type and size of cutout etc. 
 
A minimum of 120mm is required between two hob cutout. 
A minimum of 100mm is required between hob and sink cutouts. 
A minimum of 70mm is required between two sink cutouts. 
Sink cutouts are placed 50mm from the worktop front edge. 
Granite gallerry
Granite selection
Upstands 
Upstands should ideally be 100mm high, as material less than this height is extremely fragile. Upstands are not normally cut from the same slab as the worksurfaces, therefore an exact colour match is not possible. Granite upstands are straight and rigid, gaps will be visible where there are variations in the wall profile. Plastering or tiling should ideally be completed after the worksurface installation. 
 
Scratches 
Granite is highly scratch resistant but not scratch proof. Small scratches of less than 25mm in length are considered 'within tolerance' and are considered acceptable. 
 
Staining 
Although Granite is one of the least absorbent stone's, it can still be stained by grease, wine, coffee, nicotine, fruit juices and other strongly coloured substances. Granite worksurfaces are sealed upon installation and must be resealed every 6 months. Any spillages must be removed immediately as delay could result in permanent damage. 
 
Stainless Steel Sinks 
Please specify the preferred undermounting of Stainless Steel Sinks. Silicone sealant may be rendered ineffective when plumbing the sink in, it is important that the sink is re-sealed by the plumber, or the 12 months guarantee will be invalid if the work is not carried out. If a waste disposal unit is fitted to an undermounted sink after installation, additional support will be required, otherwise your warranty may be invalidated.