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Choosing a Kitchen Worktop

0 Comments In the Kitchen   (on 19-Jun-2018 02:51 AM)

Our kitchens are the beating heart of our homes. They’re where we cook, where we entertain, where we unwind and they’re the single most important room in your property when it comes time to sell.


It’s for those reasons and more that when it comes time to renovate your kitchen, it’s vital that you take the time to get each element right. From your cupboard space to your choice of handles, taps, sinks and flooring, there are countless things to consider, but there’s one element that requires extra-special attention – your worktops.


There are countless kitchen worktops available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages that are worth keeping in mind before you get to your choice of design. In this short guide, we’re going to compare some of the more popular materials. Let’s get started:


Granite Worktops


Granite has long been favoured as a material for kitchen worktops thanks to the incredible variety of design available, making it suitable for modern and classical kitchen designs alike. It’s also favoured thanks to its naturally high resistance to heat, water, pressure and staining, making maintenance ultra-simple.


Marble Worktops


Much like granite, marble is a classic choice for premium kitchens everywhere. With a history that stretches back beyond ancient Greece, marble has long been coveted as a material for worktops. Also, much like granite, it handles heat and pressure extremely well. However, it’s much more porous and will absorb liquids given the chance. Although your counter will be ‘sealed’, this process has to be repeated every couple of years to protect the counter.


Wood Worktops


The outstanding natural beauty of wood needs little introduction, and for that reason, it remains a popular choice for worktops. Often stained in beautiful shades to bring out the natural grain in the wood, worktops constructed from this material be can prone to heat, water and cutting damage. However, they are simple to maintain – simply sand the surface down and re-stain it for an as-new finish.


Quartz/Composite Worktops


Made from a mixture of natural quartz stone, small amounts of resin and decorative elements, quartz is another popular worktop choice thanks to its spectacular array of designs. Whether you’re opting for a natural look or a stark, modern style, quartz worktops offer something for everyone. They’re also extremely hardwearing, with strong resistance to heat, water, staining and pressure, for easy maintenance.  


Travertine Worktops


Travertine belongs to the limestone family and has a beautiful appearance that can be cut and polished in a number of ways to enhance it’s varied natural beauty. With a variety of designs which span everything from dark and modern all the way to light, bright and classical. They’re also exceptionally good at dealing with heat and pressure. However, the nature of travertine makes them very reactive to acidic solvents like orange or lime juice, which can lead to staining.


Laminate Worktops


A long-standing favourite for kitchens on a budget, laminate worktops are constructed by fusing multiple layers of impregnated paper together with extreme pressure and heat, creating a solid countertop which a design is added to before it is laminated. Laminate worktops are non-porous and offer easy maintenance alongside a wide variety of designs.

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