Choosing The Right Kitchen Worktop
Your kitchen, alongside your bathroom, is seldom changed. Usually, we invest in a kitchen that will last us for a minimum of 10 years, with most being left unchanged for up to 20 years, with maybe only a lick of fresh paint. So when we are looking for the right worktop, we want to ensure that it can withstand prolonged use, and also offers a timeless appearance.
For the most part, kitchen worktops are all designed to withstand high usage. However, there are certain types that will start to show signs of age long before others. So this will be something to consider. Especially if used in certain ways.
If you seldom use a chopping board in your kitchen, investing in a wooden worktop is certainly something to avoid. While the wood is treated to stop the absorption of bacteria, you will require continual treatments to avoid absorption. You will also find that using a knife on this type of surface will leave marks behind. And over time these can change colour and look unsightly. Not to mention the increase in bacteria.
If you regularly take your pans off the heat and place them straight on the side without the use of a trivet, you may want to avoid a laminate worktop. Laminate worktops are designed to withstand so much heat but unfortunately have been known to melt under high temperatures.
If the price is the main driver in deciding which worktop to choose, you might be looking at the cheaper options first.
The cheapest of the standard worktops is the laminate worktop. This is a laminated plastic coating that covers a manmade hardboard to create the surface. They are usually well made and long-lasting. However, the main thing to be concerned about is that over time the laminate can start to peel. So they may be on the lower end of the lifespan you would expect from a worktop.
Previously, granite was the higher end of the price scale and was considered the premium worksurface, However, the introduction of composite worktops has significantly brought the cost of granite down. This means that depending on where you shop, you can get a great deal on granite, which helps to make it an affordable luxury option.
The luxury option is now composite. This material has been repurposed in many ways throughout the home. Including doors, windows, furniture and now kitchen worktops. It is known for its strength and durability. Along with being available in a range of colours and finishes, and being easy to keep clean. Important in a kitchen environment. This style of surface can last beyond the expected life expectancy of kitchens.
For many, the design of the kitchen worktop is the final decision-maker.
Wooden worktops offer a classic country kitchen feel. With a more natural appearance. They are popular in older style homes or homes with a cottage feel to them.
Stainless steel kitchen worktops are commonly found in catering kitchens but have also gained traction in private kitchens thanks to their modern, easy to clean appearance. However, very few kitchens can pull off this look.
Granite countertops are popular across the board. Thanks to granite being a natural substance, no two are the same. It also allows for you to find a shade that suits your kitchen.
Composite worktops can be personalised to suit the style of your kitchen with a range of finishes and colours available, you can give yourself the design you want. However, it will come with a high price tag than the others.
If you are still unsure about the top of kitchen work surface that you are looking for, please get in touch with a member of our team today who will be happy to help you with this. You can also check our blogs regularly for more great ideas and information.