Some of the materials you choose in your kitchen will be vital to its performance, and none more so than your kitchen worktop. Some work surfaces are good and some are bad, but they all have a different bundle of qualities.. In this article we will look at some of the more common work surfaces, and why they are good or bad.
The cheapest option available is probably a laminate worktop, but unfortunately there can be reasons for that. Though laminate surfaces come in a myriad of designs, the quality can also vary greatly. Some laminates will be heat resistant and be completely waterproof, while the cheaper ones will mark easily and look cheap within months. Choose carefully if you are buying laminate, and have it professionally fitted to make it last longer and look better.
Easy to cut and fit, and it can be as inexpensive as some of the higher end laminates. Wood can be damaged by heat, and can be vulnerable to moisture problems. However, wood can be repaired if damaged and rubbed down if burnt, and it comes in a great choice of colours and grains. Wood with high oil content is more naturally protected against moisture, but treating a wooden worktop is not difficult, and it will protect the wood from spills and damage. Overall, wood is an excellent choice.
Glass can add a lot of style to your kitchen, but you need to be careful not to have too many shiny surfaces. Glass is heat resistant, and impervious to water, making it a great kitchen surface, but it requires a great deal of cleaning to remove all the finger marks that it picks up, and can look terrible if scratched. There is no doubt that glass can look beautiful in a kitchen, and there is a good variety of colours and finishes available, to suit most tastes and colour schemes.
There are many natural stones to choose from, but the favourites tend to be granite, slate and marble. Granite and slate are hard wearing and highly water resistant, while marble is not, and will require regular treating to prolong its life. You will also need to protect the marble from attack by things like lemon juice and alcohol. More expensive than many surfaces, natural stone should be fitted by professionals, or included in a bespoke kitchen design from a company such as miketaylorbespokekitchens.co.uk, as a badly situated stone surface could easily crack, and look terrible with ill fitting edges.
Combining beauty with practicality, composites are a great choice; even though they can be more expensive than even marble. You will find a great selection of colours to choose from, and they will be highly resistant to heat, water, and will be as hard wearing as the stone that is mixed with the resin. Don’t believe all the hype though, as composites can still be scratched and damaged depending on the base material.
Stainless is a long lasting alternative for your kitchen surface, and is resistant to heat and water. Matte and satin finished stainless are easy options to keep clean, but you will need to be careful about scratches as they can build up over time. Surprisingly inexpensive to buy and fit, and a great choice if you are thinking about the planet’s sustainability, stainless steel really is a good option for your kitchen surfaces.
According to an article in the telegraph, worktops may be the best way to improve any kitchen; and hopefully you can use this information to decide on the best material for your kitchen counter top.