Types of kitchen worktop

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The worktop in a kitchen is a focal point which can influence the style and feel of the whole room. Not only is this feature aesthetically important, it is one of the most regularly used parts of a kitchen, needing to withstand all forms of food preparation and tough cleaning. When choosing a new kitchen worktop, it is, therefore, crucial you choose a material that you really love and that will meet all your culinary requirements. To help you better understand some of the different materials available, we have put together some useful information about popular types of worktop.

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Natural granite

Granite is a very popular and desirable choice for a kitchen worktop. The material looks classic and cool, and is often a go-to choice for a luxurious kitchen. This natural stone is formed when magma crystallises and, with different cooling conditions, different crystal sizes and colours are made.  

Pros:

  • Hard-wearing and strong
  • Highly heat resistant
  • Each piece is individual

Cons:

  • Can stain
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

 

Quartz

Quartz worktops tend to be composed from natural quartz combined with flecks of metal, glass or colourful pigment for interest; this is bound together with resin. Quartz worktops are a popular alternative to granite, providing a similar attractive, smooth and polished finish but with more leeway for personalisation.

Pros:

  • Durable and strong
  • Stain resistant and antibacterial due to non-porous structure
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean
  • Large range of colours and finishes

Cons:

  • Less heat-resistant – only up to around 160℃ – than alternatives
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

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Timbers/hardwood

Hardwood is a worktop material which can create a warmer and more natural feel than stone. There are many different hardwood species available, each with their own tone and texture, which are suitable for use as kitchen surfaces. However, this is a high maintenance material, needing regular upkeep.

Pros:

  • Many woods available, varying in colour and grain
  • Cheaper, and generally more sustainable, than stone
  • Ages well

Cons:

  • Needs regular maintenance – should be oiled twice a year
  • Easily marked, stained or scratched

Laminates

Laminate surfaces are a budget alternative to classics such as granite. Laminate worktops come in a huge range of styles, some of which are affordable imitations of pricier, luxury materials. Ensure you choose a high quality, high pressure option though, otherwise you will find your surface is quite easily damaged and worn.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Wide range of finishes
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Not as long-lasting as some alternatives
  • Cheap options can scratch, chip, burn and peel

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Solid surface acrylics

Solid surface acrylics are a stylish, modern surface choice. The material can come in many colours and effects, granting high levels of personalisation. Solid surface acrylics are also easily moulded, which allows unusual shapes and features like moulded sinks to be created. This material can give a truly seamless finish.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Easily shaped
  • Easy to clean and hygienic
  • Stain and heat resistant

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Can look commercial

Ebberns offer excellent quality bespoke furniture for homeowners across Hertfordshire. We can provide and install a wide range of kitchen styles, all of which are durable, carefully crafted and tailored for your home. Our many years’ experience and team of skilled professionals allow us to also help you create beautifully designed bedrooms, bathrooms or studies. For further information about our products and services, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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