Which kitchen worktop is best for my kitchen?
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When revamping your kitchen, there are a plethora of worktops to choose from – so which one is right for you? Below we outline some of the most popular worktops and their benefits. From the sleek lines of Corian to rich natural woods, stunning and stylish surfaces can make a huge difference to the overall look of your kitchen. Consider your budget alongside the practicalities of usage and space. Whether you would like a matt or gloss finish, a light clean seamless contemporary look or a warm traditional kitchen, there is a work surface for every taste and budget.
A pricier Kitchen worktop, Corian has grown in popularity over recent years due to it’s sleek, elegant and seamless look across your worktops integrating sinks and breakfast bars to your design. The solid anti-bacterial material is available to suit every design, either flat matt or glossy, in one colour or with the look of a texture such as quartz. It’s non-porous property makes it one of the most hygienic surfaces available.
Corian’s properties, a subtle blend of natural minerals and clear acrylic, means it can be formed into any shape without the need for cuts and joints. An architectural favourite in white and pale shades, but other bright hues are beginning to make headlines in the most contemporary of kitchens.
Solid Wood surfaces give a modern and traditional look to any kitchen. From light finish maple or bamboo to dark walnut or teak, or ever popular medium oak, Iroko or beech, hard-wearing wood always adds real warmth to your new kitchen. Quality solid wood can be easily cut to suit your kitchen and even incorporate breakfast bars. You should consider how you would like your edging since wood can be easily shaped, whether you want a rounded edge or square, bull-nose or bevelled, edging can make a huge difference to the overall look of your kitchen. You can choose to add a plinth or a drainer grooves next to a sink.
Wood can be very easily manipulated to your design. Iroko and teak are ideal for using around the sink area as they have a high oil content so are more water resistant. Wood ages really well - so long as it is looked after. We recommend oiling your surfaces with Danish or linseed oil two or three times a year to keep them fresh and sealed.
Granite and Quartz
Granite and Quartz worktops have spent many years at the top of their game being seen as the most luxurious of worktops. They are the most durable of all the natural materials and can withstand high temperatures as well as being water resistant. They are available in a fantastic array of natural colours and patterns with an option to choose your edging for a customised, personalised look. Choose from a classic polished finish or a honed matt for a more contemporary look. The upkeep is very low maintenance once initially sealed, clean using just a damp cloth and mild detergent. Not only practical but beautiful and luxurious, contemporary with a touch of class.
Minerva worktops are another ever popular trend. The solid surface adds glamour and sophistication to your kitchen. It is heat, scratch and stain-resistant and can be offered with personalised edging. Joins are minimal offering a very clean look to your kitchen. Choose to take it up the wall as a splashback behind cookers and sinks. An array of natural colours are available. A more affordable solid surface option that granite, quartz or Corian.
Ezystone is a modern, affordable and stunning premium work surface bonding a layer of granite to a wooden substrate. It has the appearance and benefits of a solid quartz kitchen worktop with a much cheaper ticket price. Resistant to heat, stains and scratching, this highly polished surface is available in an array of natural colours from white, beige, grey to black and can be paired with matching up-stands or splashbacks and moulded with drainer grooves.
Maia Kitchen worktops give a high quality stone finish at an affordable price. Offered in an array of natural colours with decorative support end panels and coordinating plinths, this kitchen worktop gives a lush seamless finish with no risk of fading or discolouration.
Laminate has had a bad reputation over the years but behind closed kitchen doors the budget friendly kitchen worktop has grown from strength to strength. It is one of the most affordable options from around £30 per linear metre and new developments mean you can now choose a laminate to suit any design. Laminates can take on the look of wooden or granite and quartz worktops and are easy to fit and keep clean. A high gloss finish which reflects light can help to increase a sense of space in your kitchen and premium laminate offer a much higher resistance to scuffing and impact, all offered in a multitude of colour and design.
As a kitchen worktop glass has become a hot new contemporary and sought after material. It is very hygienic and resistant to heat and water. It is available in almost any colour and cut to suit your kitchen which can include drainer grooves and co-ordinating splashback. It’s reflective surface helps to increase the feeling of space. A simple wipe with mild detergent is enough to clean but you can keep it sparkling with glass cleaner. Best used in modern contemporary kitchens
Stainless steel has long been used in commercial kitchens because of it’s hygienic properties. It is very strong, waterproof and heat resistant. It can be cut and moulded to suit your kitchen, and even incorporate stainless steel sinks. It is easy to clean and simple to polish up with baby oil. It is prone to scratching, although this won’t affect it’s antibacterial nature.
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