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Buying guide: what types of kitchen worktop are there?
If you’re planning to give your kitchen a fresh new look with an upgrade, choosing between the different types of kitchen worktops will be one of your key design decisions. Yet with so many options to explore, it can be tricky to know which will be best. That’s why we’ve put together this handy buying guide, which explains each of the materials on offer today, and how to choose a kitchen worktop that’s right for you.
So, what types of kitchen worktop are there, exactly?
Quartz is a naturally beautiful material that comes in a wide variety of tones, from deep dark colours to light, bright shades. Depending on the variety, it can have a smooth or flecked appearance. One of the key benefits of quartz is it’s highly resistant to stains and scratches –perfect if you have little ones or are accident-prone in the kitchen! These worktops are also extremely strong, non-porous and don’t need to be sealed, making them easy to maintain. You can simply wipe over with a damp cloth and mild detergent to keep them clean.
If you’re looking for the most luxurious types of kitchen worktops, granite certainly won’t disappoint. It’s an ideal choice for those who want a worktop that’s one of a kind, as no two will ever be the same! Formed over millions of years, granite rock is unique and shiny in appearance, though it’s also available in a matte finish. Like quartz, granite is scratch resistant, so much so that it’s not recommended to use knives on it as it will blunt the blade before it damages the worktop. They’re also great at withstanding heat, so you don’t need to worry about popping down hot pans while making a meal.
Laminate is perfect if you want fantastic-looking worktops for an affordable price tag. Similar to laminate flooring, these types of kitchen worktops are typically made out of chipboard and surfaced with laminate, making them really easy to clean and maintain. They’re also strong and durable, so they’ll withstand the test of time, even if you have a busy family kitchen. Another benefit of laminate is that it’s available in an almost endless number of styles, from oak-effect to high-gloss and granite looks. So, whether you’re keen to create a beautiful shaker-style kitchen, a modern space or a country cottage look, you’ll find a laminate option to suit.
Ideal for traditional and country homes, real wood worktops have a premium appearance and offer a truly timeless style. Available in a range of beautiful grains, from warm oak to dark walnut and many others, they sit beautifully alongside shaker-style cabinets. They’re one of the most naturally hygienic surfaces to prepare food on and are highly durable. Real wood does require more regular maintenance than its laminate alternative, however. You’ll need to oil the worktop regularly to make sure it remains water-resistant and if it becomes damaged, you may need to sand and reseal.
If you’re on the hunt for the best types of kitchen worktops for a flawless contemporary look, then DuPont Corian may be the answer. Crafted using a combination of mineral filler and acrylic resin, Corian worktops can be installed with no visible joints for the ultimate seamless finish. Thanks to its non-porous nature, it’s resistant to mould and mildew growth when cleaned properly, making it a highly hygienic option. Corian is also extremely durable and hard-wearing, so you can rest assured it will last for many years to come. It comes in a huge variety of colours and styles to suit your overall kitchen design.
How to choose a kitchen worktop
If you’re wondering how to choose a kitchen worktop that will best suit your lifestyle, budget and design aesthetic, there are a few things you need to consider. Firstly, you should think about the overall look you want to achieve. You want to make sure that the worktop will perfectly complement the cabinets, flooring and other features of the room.
You should also think about how much maintenance you’re willing to do. If you have a busy, hectic lifestyle and simply don’t have time for the upkeep of real wood, then a laminate option may be best. Another key consideration is cost. Worktops can vary significantly in price, with premium natural materials such as granite potentially costing more than other options. You’ll need to keep your overall budget in mind when looking at worktop styles.
If you’re keen to make your dream kitchen a reality, we’re here to help. Book a free design visit with one of our experts who’ll be happy to help you choose the best worktop material for you.
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