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Choosing a Kitchen Counter Top to Suit

Jul 30th, 2018 10:34 am   


Choosing a kitchen counter top to suit your needs can be hard without knowing all the information. A lot of people choose a kitchen worktop based on the appearance of the worktop alone without taking into the account the needs of their kitchen. For example, if you have children who are always slopping milk across the countertop or leaving behind big dollops of jam it’s best not to go for a white granite top as it will be very hard to maintain. This article will give you information about each type of material a countertop can come in to help you assess what is the most suitable material for your life-style, and style of kitchen
 

Would a Granite Worktop Suit My Kitchen? 

Appearance

The colour and veins of a granite worktops are naturally beautiful and a great aesthetic choice for the kitchen. It provides a kitchen with a kind of classic beauty and it works in any area of the kitchen. It is a timeless material that is always in fashion and always looks great.
 

Durability

Not only is granite beautiful but is also very durable – more durable than over kinds of stone countertops. Granite is resistant to heat, scratches, and water has fantastic water resistance. It is extremely hard to stain. Like all stone countertops, it will need to be treated with a sealing agent every ten years to help prevent staining.
 

Maintenance 

Granite worktops are extremely low maintenance and easy to clean. All you need is a wet cloth and a detergent.
 

Cost

Granite worktops are more expensive than some of the other options.
 

Other Natural Stone Worktops. 

Other natural stone worktops are available such as marble, soapstone, and limestone. These stone are less durable than granite worktops and need a greater amount of care in the kitchen.
 


Would a Wooden Countertop Suit my Kitchen?

Appearance 

Wood although less naturally beautiful than some of the stone countertops, does provide a kitchen with warmth and character. It is a fantastic choice for a countertop for kitchens where you enjoy coffee and gossip with the neighbours due to the natural warmth. It is fantastic for food preparation areas. We highly recommend Iroko, walnut and oak as they are hardwoods with are more durable and only grow more beautiful over time.
 

Durability

Hardwood is durable and can last for a long time if maintained properly. Wooden countertops do need to seal to prevent signs and some damage. They are less resistant to scratches and heat when compared to a granite worktop. It is recommended that no hot items be placed on wooden worktops as they can burn the wood and that a board id used for all chopping.
 

Maintenance

Wooden worktops need a greater amount of upkeep than stone worktops. It is best to mop up large water spills around the tap immediately to avoid soaking the worktop. Wood is easier to stain with food or drink spillages. It is recommended that you seal the wood every three months with an oil to prevent it from drying out. Wash using a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Avoid using abrasive clothes and chemical.
 

Cost 

Cheaper than stone options.
 


Would a Solid Surface Worktop Suit my Kitchen? 

Appearance

Solid surface worktops are made from a blend of acrylic resins, minerals, and colouring- meaning their appearance is extremely wide-range and can suit any kitchen. The countertops have that satin quality, where they are warm to touch and have a natural lustre. Due to coloured glue, they can provide seamless counter tops no matter how twisted or curved your kitchen work top is – allowing you to have cutting edge designs.  The worktops are coloured through as well allowing patterned engraves, LED back lighting and even integrated wireless charging. It’s the material for that ultra-modern kitchen.
 

Durability 

Solid surfaces are stain and water resistant giving them great durability. They are slightly more heat resistant than wooden surfaces, but not as durable as natural stone in this regard. It best to use a trivet for hot saucepans or heat items rather than placing them directly on the countertop.
 

Maintenance

They are a very low maintenance option. All you need is a wash cloth and detergent to clean the side.
 

Cost

Solid state composite worktops are usually around the same price as granite worktop. It does depend on style and brand.



Other Countertops to consider

Those three are the most popular choices when it comes to kitchen worktops although they are available in a range of different materials including :-  Concrete, Glass, Stainless steel, Engineered stone, and Laminate.
 
Looking to replace your tired looking worktops but are wondering what would be a suitable choice for your kitchen? Drop our designers a message and we can discuss the options with you.
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