How to get the right worktop for you?

The worktops of any kitchen, worktops need to be tough and practical to use. The worktop materials have changed quite radically in the last few years. There is a vast choice across all budgets. Technology has advantaged that has given us more options, super tough materials that work for the busiest of family homes. Choosing the best kitchen worktop material for you. The most popular materials for your kitchen is granite, composite, laminate, glass, hardwood and solid surface.

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Granite worktop.

The pure beauty of using a natural stone. Its veining and colour, make it a statement and adds individually to each design. However, granite tends to be rarer and more expensive. It can be used in any kitchen, works well around sinks and next to the hob or oven. A large use of glossy granite will make a grand statement that is always on trend. Able to match both traditional and modern styles. Granite is hard and resistant to heat & scratches. It can withstand high temperatures, water resistant and impervious to most stains, but wine and citric acids need to be cleaned up at once. This is to stop any damage to the stone. Granite needs to be initially sealed and then again in 10 years. Granite can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes. Although it is difficult to maneuver and very heavy to transport.

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Composite worktop.

They are made from about 90% natural quartz crystals mixed with a small percentage of binders, and referred to as both ‘quartz composite’ And ‘engineered stone’ This material is very tough, they are virtually nonporous and resistant to scratches, stains and heat damage. It is very practical. They can be used anywhere, next to the hob and around the sink. It is very tough and durable than many natural stones. Any scratches can be sanded out. In the very unlikely event that the composite surface is scratched, it can be repaired by a specialist. Composite worktop can be thermoformed into different shapes without joints creating streamlined and seamless worktops.

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Laminate worktop.

It is easy and quick, the best budget option. Laminate is non-porous. They are easy to maintain, they come in a range of colours and design. They can be used for general usage. Laminates can be used for food preparation areas, sink runs and around the hobs. It can mimic other worktop materials, including granite, slate, and wood. They would suit modern and traditional schemes.

Glass worktop.

This has been a long-time favourite with designers for the light touch, it brings a scheme as well as its reflective sheen that really helps boost light. Glass is non-porous material that can withstand moisture and spills and splashes are easily wiped clean. Works well around the sink or breakfast bar. Worktops can be cut into most shapes and cutouts for hobs and sinks. There is a need to frequent wipe to prevent watermarking.

Hardwood worktop.
This is used to create natural warmth and character is built from aging. It is also used for pure strength that it provides. Great to use for food preparations, dining area, kitchen islands, and breakfast bars. Luckily it suits all kitchen styles. As they can be incorporated into a contemporary design using glass or stainless steel to add a warm atmosphere. They are very durable if they are properly sealed and maintained and will last for a long time. Flexibility and fitting wood, easy to cut. Wood does need a certain amount of upkeep. Avoid direct exposure to heat and prolonged soaking, need to wipe up spills to prevent staining. void using any abrasive and chemical-filled cleaning products and wire scouring pads.  

 Solid surface. 
Corian or solid surface worktop are made from a blend of acrylic resins, minerals, and colourings. They can be totally seamless too with a one-piece, molded sinks, and splashbacks. Designs are often pioneering and the material can be thermoformed into fun, organic curves, slicks, cantilevered breakfast bars seamless wrap-around surfaces on islands. It can be engraved, back-lit with LEDs and fitted with built-in wireless charging for smartphones. Corian or solid surface is the best use in wet areas. Perfect for a seamless integrated sink and worktop runs. they are stain, water and heat resistant(250c.). They are a low maintenance option. Clean with a soft cloth and mild detergent.

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