If you are looking at the wide range of choices in front of you when it comes to installing a new kitchen worktop, then you have a lot of homework to do before choosing your final option! Which do you go for? There is a lot to think about, and if you want to get the choice right then it’s important to be mindful about your options, and to give the process the due care and attention it deserves.
Your choices basically can be summed up by:
- Natural stones from Surfaceco – including marble, quartz, or granite
Let’s check each one out in a little more detail.
Wood is perhaps the oldest type of worktop on the market, but the fact it has stood the test of time should tell you a lot about its durability and style! If you are looking for a traditional type of kitchen style, then wood is a good appearance to go for, and you have many different types of wood to choose from too.
The major plus points are that it looks great, and it’s not the most expensive option to go for either. The downside is that you are going to have to pay attention to maintenance a little more than some other types of surface, by oiling it after it’s been installed, and also checking for any imperfections regularly. Sealing is also very important, to stop water from making its way inside the material.
Natural Stone Worktops
Next we have natural stone worktops, and these are basically made up of marble, granite, and quartz. All of these are very hard stones, so they are all very durable and long-lasting, and they are all available in many different colours and patterns, giving you infinite choice in terms of the appearance of your worktop.
Quartz is the least needy of all the types, because after installation it doesn’t require any maintenance or aftercare, whereas marble and granite will require sealing annually. Quartz and granite are highly heat resistant, and marble is fantastic for anyone who likes to bake, because of its naturally low temperature at all times.
It’s worth checking out the specific pros and cons of each type of stone worktop before deciding on which to go for, because they are all great for different reasons. Granite is fantastic for earthy kitchens, because of the neutral colour and strong appearance, whereas marble is timeless and sophisticated at all times. Quartz is also available in countless different colours.
Finally we have laminate worktops, and these are probably the cheapest in terms of cost, and perhaps in terms of installation, because they can be done by anyone with tools and basic DIY skills, provided time, care, and attention is taken.
You can basically mimic any type of surface by using a laminate worktop, because they are available in such a huge amount of different colours, patterns, and textures. The main downside is that you need to give it quite a lot of aftercare in terms of checking it is sealed correctly and regularly. If you don’t do this then you run the risk of water finding its way underneath the surface, causing it to lift, and therefore causing irreparable damage.
These are the three main categories of worktop you have on offer to you when you decide to replace an old worktop, or when you revamp an existing space and go for something entirely new.
It is important to always check the maintenance requirements of any type of material you use, because if you don’t follow these to the letter, you are going to ruin your worktop before its time, and that is going to mean extra expense, and wasted time also. The best advice here is to shop around and really look at which surface type is going to fit into your lifestyle best, and which one can give you the appearance you are striving for also.
There is no denying that natural stone is certainly one of the most popular choice these days, but there is definitely still a place in the kitchen worktop world for wood and laminate surfaces too. It all comes down to what works out best for you and your budget.
January 18, 2017