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Jun

Choosing your perfect kitchen worktop.

When choosing a worktop there are two main things to consider – cost and durability.

Before you start looking at worktops consider how much you want to spend so put a budget in place.  It’s also important to consider how you will be using your kitchen.  Both of these factors will have an impact on what worktop is right for you.  Here we share a brief over view on some of the worktops available.

#1 Granite

Granite is a natural stone hence when sourced no two pieces are the same.  It is a popular choice for worktops, particuarly in kitchens for its durability and resistance against heat, stains and scratches and once fitted, looks truely stunning.

Book matched granite worktop in African Fusion
Book matched granite worktop in African Fusion

#2 Quartz

Quartz is an engineered product where the stone is mined and binded with resin.  The beauty of having a Quartz worktop is the range of colours available, and because of its versality, this makes it a good alternative to Granite.

Silestone Quartz Worktop
Silestone Quartz Worktop - image from Stone Surfaces Ltd

#3 Corian

This is an extremely versatile product as it can be shaped to almost any design.  So if you are looking for a truely bespoke worksurface maybe this is for you?  Corian is an acrylic based product available in over 70 colours.  Not the most durable of products so precautions must be taken against heat and scratches.

Corian Worktop in Glacier White and Deep Nocturne
Corian Worktop in Glacier White and Deep Nocturne - image courtesy of dupont.co.uk

#4 Solid Wood

A solid wood worktop is the more natural choice, and can add a unique character to your kitchen that other worktops don’t have.  Another benefit of having solid wood is that if any small scratches appear, a quick rub down with sand paper should eliminate them.  However, solid wood worktops can be high maintenance.  To keep a solid wood worktop looking like new, it needs to be oiled every 3 – 6 months.  This also helps to resist any water from getting into the wood which could cause the wood to expand if not treated.  A solid wood worktop can be a beautiful feature in any kitchen but care and maintenance is needed for it to look its best for years to come.

Solid Oak worktop - image courtesy of rebeccacoulby.co.uk
Solid Oak worktop - image courtesy of rebeccacoulby.co.uk

#5 Laminate

The cheapest option when looking for a worktop is laminate – its easy to maintain and available in a wide range of colours and textures.  Although this worktop is not as durable as the solid surface worktops, if budget is an issue, it may be an option for you to consider.

Laminate worktop
Laminate worktop

If you are considering buying a kitchen and want some advice on what may be best for you.  Please get in touch by clicking the link below, and we will be more than happy to help.