Making Sense of Different Types of WorktopRebecca Hinshelwood
As part of a kitchen refit, choosing your worktop is a central decision. Indeed, some favour a change of worktop to give their kitchen a facelift when a full renovation is out of the question. However, how do you decide what’s right for you when faced with so many different types of worktop? There are aesthetics to consider, as well as your kitchen usage and maintenance demands. Not to forget the all important financial implications! So let us help you get to the bottom of all the types of worktop out there so you can come to an informed decision.
Excellent for a modern design, this material offers a flawless and reflective surface. With a vast array of colours or patterns possible, you can really express yourself in your kitchen design. As it is engineered and toughened, it’s heat resistant to extreme temperatures and will not stain or buckle under heavy use or chopping. However, it can prove expensive and is not impossible to scratch. As a non-porous material, this type of worktop is low maintenance and hygienic. The reflective surface is susceptible to smearing and fingerprints though, so keep stocked in glass cleaner or vinegar!
This natural stone is extremely hard wearing, and once installed in your kitchen will provide good, long term use. It’s a highly valued material that offers a striking finish. Granite worktops can sit perfectly within both traditional and modern kitchen schemes. Although the surface, when sealed, is stain resistant, beware prolonged contact with acidic substances, wine or citrus. Any spills should be removed straight away to avoid leaving a permanent mark. In general, maintaining the hygiene of this type of worktop is simple. Just use a damp cloth and mild cleanser.
This is a popular solution for a tight budget, as of all types of worktop, the cost is relatively low. In this way, you will find laminate worktops in many standard kitchens. The aesthetic options for laminate surfaces are wide and varied so it is easy to find a laminate style to fit within a concept. However, for those seeking a long term style of kitchen, a laminate surface may not offer the longevity that more natural materials can supply.
A beautiful natural stone that is a real mark of timeless elegance! The contours of a natural marble provide a depth of aesthetic beauty that is striking. With light tones, marble worktops will make a room feel larger and brighter. When sealed, it is a sufficiently durable surface, if not the most indestructible. If you are a prolific baker (or even if you’re not!) the coolness of a marble surface will bring ease of work into your kitchen.
As quartz is partially engineered using fragments of quartz mixed with resin, it is manufactured in a wide range of colours and patterns. In this way, you can always find a variety to suit your concept. Quartz is non-porous surface, which is easy to wipe clean, and you can enjoy the durability that natural stones offer. For super high heat resistance, seek out Quartz’s cousin, Dekton. This is a compacted material that is almost indestructible!
A very natural look, wood worktops will age with your kitchen. This could mean changing colour with time or altered to fit an updated scheme by applying different oils. Out of the different types of worktop out there, wood is the highest maintenance. Every slip with a knife, coffee spill or misplaced pan will leave a mark. However, surface marks can be sanded away, so these marks will not be permanent.
With so many different types of worktop to consider, it can be hard to know where to start. If you narrow your decision to natural stone, you’re one step further in finding your perfect worktop. Just contact us at Zenstone for guidance as to which stone worktop will best suit your needs.