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Choosing your Worktop

Choosing the correct worktop for your kitchen is a mixture of functionality, aesthetic and cost.    This short post will give you a quick run down of the major worktops and their uses.

Wood –

Wood is a great material and the cheapest of the materials mentioned here.  It brings warmth and integrity into a kitchen, ideal for a more relaxed family or country style.  It is perfect for baking on, particularly breads as the dough doesn’t stick like glue to the worktop, leaving you with more to clear up than in your tin.  When mixing on it, there is only a gentle thud of the bowl and not the crash of glass or ceramic on stone.  Kitchen islands suit wooden tops the best as the natural warmth of the material makes it inviting to sit at for drinks with friends or whilst your children do their homework before supper.  However, do not use wood near hobs or sinks as the heat and damp damages it very quickly.  Wood needs sealing once a year and more frequently during the first year of installation and must be treated with care throughout it’s life.

Granite –

Granite is a natural material, formed thousands of years ago and cut out of the rock before being cut and polished into the desired shape.  This means that each piece is unique and although it may come from the same quarry, the pattern can never be guaranteed.  Although granite is slightly porous and needs occasional sealing, it is dimensionally stable which means that it doesn’t warp when exposed to water making it perfect for Belfast or under mounted sinks.  Granite will last the lifetime of your kitchen.

Quartz –

Quartz is a natural mineral that is ground up and mixed with resin and pigment to produce a granite-like surface with the added bonus of being non-porous and stain resistant.  Some brands such as Silestone add an anti-bacterial to their quartz’s making a family friendly worktop.  Because it is engineered, there is an enormous choice of colours from natural looking seams to bold block colours or maybe some added sparkle.

Corian –

Corian is made from a mix of acrylic and natural minerals to make a non-porous, bacteria and stain resistant worktop.  Corian can be joined together almost seamlessly to create coved up-stands and integrated sinks with no cracks for germs to grow.    It comes in over 100 colours and can be formed into almost any shape making your imagination the limit.

Dekton –

Dekton emulates in a few hours what takes nature thousands of years through an exclusive technological process.  This has made a stone like material that has almost zero porosity and no areas of weakness meaning that this is the ONLY material that you can put pans straight from the hob directly onto the worktop.  It comes in a selection of thicknesses that means that it can be used anywhere in the house including indoor and outdoor flooring and anywhere in the bathroom, including the walls.

If you have any further questions about which worktops to use in your kitchen, speak to one of our design consultants on the phone or in one of our many showrooms.  Further details can be found on the “Contact” page.

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