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Kitchen Worktops: Choosing the Best for Your Fitted Kitchen

Kitchen Worktops: Choosing the Best for Your Fitted Kitchen

Choosing the right material for your kitchen worktops is important in terms of appearance and functionality. There are pros and cons for each kitchen counter and when selecting your material, you should consider how your kitchen is going to be used. Here at Ebberns, we understand that without our specialist industry knowledge, knowing which kitchen worktop and counter is right for you can be tricky. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to help you understand more about the options available to you.

Woods

Timber is a popular choice for many kitchen worktops, mainly due to the range of woods, from oak and maple to beech and walnut, that allow for different shades and warmths to suit any fitted kitchen style. The natural grains in the wood creates a unique and effortless design that introduces nature into any bespoke kitchen with ease.
Pros:

  • Easy installation and maintenance
  • Natural antibacterial properties

Cons:

  • Surface can be scratched easily
  • Can be damaged with too much water

 

Granite

Available for kitchen desktops in an array of shades and designs, granite introduces a feeling of quality into a fitted kitchen. The surface can be polished or honed to make the stone sparkle and really catch the eye.
Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Strong
  • Heat resistant
  • Mould resistant

Cons:

  • The surface is porous and can require re-sealing every six months
  • Very heavy surface
  • Irreparable if damaged

 

Quartz

Also known as engineered stone, quartz worktops are made up of a high percentage of crushed quartz mixed with resin. Available for a bespoke kitchen in roughly 100 colours and a number of different finishes, including glossy, matte, plain or sparkly.
Pros:

  • Very hard
  • Non-porous
  • Low maintenance
  • Stain and chip resistant

Cons:

  • Irreparable if burnt
  • Can be damaged by hot pans
  • Expensive

 

Glass

A popular choice for contemporary and designer kitchens, glass offers a slick and glossy kitchen worktop that looks and feels luxurious. To add protection, the glass can be etched to prevent scratching and keep the glass looking new for much longer.
Pros:

  • Unlimited range of colours
  • Chips and scratches can be easily repaired
  • Low maintenance
  • Heat resistant

Cons:

  • Fingerprints and smudges can be a real issue
  • Joins are visible
  • Can slightly alter the colour of your worktops

 

Copper

Copper is a great material for warming up your kitchen and adding a bit of subtle colour. Originally a popular choice in catering environments, these worktops are seeing the transition into homes.
Pros:

  • Antibacterial
  • Easily cleaned
  • Requires very few joins so looks neat
  • Won’t be damaged by water or heat

Cons:

  • Copper is a soft material so can be dented
  • Mottles over time

 

Concrete

Concrete is a great option for a kitchen worktop with an industrial aesthetic. The range of colours, surprisingly, extends beyond classic grey and it is a great option for shaping around awkward structures in your fitted kitchen, such as pillars or sinks.
Pros:

  • Stains can be repaired by stripping back the surface
  • Strengthens as it ages
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use

Cons:

  • Takes a couple of weeks for the concrete to set
  • Easily stained
  • Requires maintenance – needs to be treated with a sealant every 6-8 months

 

Laminate

Laminates can mimic wood and granite successfully, adding the luxury of high-cost materials for a fraction of the price in designer kitchens.
Pros:

  • Low-cost
  • Huge range of finishes

Cons:

  • Not very durable
  • Can be easily scorched or scratched
  • Irreparable if damaged

Ebberns showroom hosts a wide range of luxury kitchen worktops for fitted kitchens, available in a range of materials including:

  • Beach wood
  • Oak
  • Walnut
  • Quartz
  • Granite
  • & more!

All of our worktops are tailored by our expert team to perfectly incorporate into your overall kitchen theme, for a sleek and personalised bespoke kitchen that’s designed with you in mind. For more information on our range of products, or to obtain more details on how Ebberns can produce your dream kitchen, contact us here. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

 

 

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