There are actually quite a lot of choices for your kitchen worktops. Laminate, Wood, Marble, Granite, Quartz and Sintered Stone. Whether you’re looking to re-model your entire kitchen, or just update the look  by replacing the worktops, making the right choice of surface is the point to start from, to achieve a stunning new kitchen.

Laminate

Laminate can be very good looking. There is never any difference in pattern or colour as it is produced in the same way every time, so the look is always consistent, meaning you can choose colours from a brochure. You can certainly achieve a cheap finish in laminate by choosing a pattern that emanates stone or wood. Affordable and easy to fit yourself, laminate is a popular choice. However, it is also the material that gets replaced most often, possibly due to water and heat damage, staining and chips revealing the fibre board beneath.

Wood

Charming, rustic, traditional, wood brings warmth, natural depth of colour and life into the kitchen. Natural beauty is, beautiful, but is the soft, porous and damage prone material the best for your kitchen worktop? If you want to achieve a rustic look, I would opt for a statement piece of furniture or window sill and stick to a more hygienic, low porosity and highly resistant material for your kitchen worktop.

 

Marble

Marble is definitely a beautiful stone. It brings decadence to any area it is displayed in, but without proper treatment, it has a higher porosity than Granite and can  be more prone to damage. The choice of colours is more limited than quartz, for example as it is a naturally occurring stone but again, you can limit the difference in pattern by selecting ‘sister slabs’. Marble may be considered better fro your bathroom or vanity areas.

Granite

Granite is the superior material for kitchen worktops due the high heat resistance, high stain resistance and high resistance to damage. Granite has a natural luminescence that can’t be imitated, is naturally hygienic and comes in a range of thickness and size of slabs. The colour and pattern can be maintained throughout by choosing ‘sister slabs’, so there is no risk of mismatched worktops.

Quartz

Quartz is man-made material, produced to assume the natural qualities of both Granite and marble. As with any man made product, you can guarantee continuity of pattern and colour, which penetrates the whole depth of the surface. These products are very high stain resistant, heat resistant and easy to maintain. The fact that is it non porous means that it is more hygienic and easy to clean and the choice of colours and design is the widest it has ever been. By choosing Quartz you are choosing quality, beauty, hygiene and low maintenance worktops.

 

Sintered Stone

As with Quartz, sintered stone such as Dekton and Lapitec are man-made materials. They possess the same qualities in the range and continuity of colours available due to the manufacturing processes and guarantee perfection. Sintered stone is highly resistant to damage; a blow from a hammer may not leave any marks and acid won’t penetrate it. Resistant to extremely high temperatures sintered stone will keep it’s sleek, clean lines for many years.

 

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Have a look at our easy to read comparison table to help you decide which kitchen worktop material is best for you. Then give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Material

Cost

Stain Resistance

Damage Resistance

Heat Resistance

Laminate

Low

Low

Low

Low

Wood

Med

Low

Low

Low

Quartz

Med

High

High

High

Granite

Med

Med

High

High

Sintered Stone

High

High +

High +

High +