Which Worktop is Right for You?

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With the ever changing trends in kitchen design, it can be difficult to find a trend that you love; however, combining different styles can work brilliantly if done correctly. The worktop you choose for your kitchen is very important to the overall appearance of the room. It has to work in sync with the colours and design of the taps, sinks and cabinetry. It is up to you whether or not you pick the colour and material of your worktop before or after the colour of the cabinets and cupboards, but you must think carefully before you do select a style. There are a range of colours and materials that you can choose from, and each one has its own benefits. This article will detail the different worktop surfaces you can opt for, and what each one can bring to your kitchen.

Laminate

Laminate worktops are a popular choice for a number of reasons. They are relatively easy to fit, meaning that you can install it yourself, should you be so inclined. Laminate worktops are available from as little as £30 a metre and are available in a wide variety of colours and finishes. The smooth texture of laminate means they are easy to clean should any spillages occur. In terms of disadvantages of laminate worktops, their durability is not their strongest aspect. Super-cheap laminate surfaces won’t last very long as it is easy to chip and scorch them. If you do opt for laminate worktops, make sure you are totally happy with their toughness and quality before you purchase them.

Wood

One of the main advantages of wooden worktops is the ‘natural’ look they bring to kitchens. All wooden surfaces are different from one another, giving your kitchen that extra bit of individuality that will set it apart from others. There is a huge range of wood grains and finishes available to suit your individual tastes, and the subtle differences can really have an impact on the look and feel of the room. Wooden worktops are also quite versatile, perfectly complementing both contemporary and traditional kitchen styles. Conversely, wooden worktops require a lot of care and attention to ensure they look their best, and staining is a hazard too. In general, when buying wood worktops be prepared for an element of wear and tear.

Granite

Granite worktops are highly popular choices for kitchen surfaces. They may be more expensive than other materials, but the host of advantages they have more than makes up for the extra price. The unique pattern in every piece means yours is unique to you, and their smooth, easy-to-clean surface removes the hassle of tiresome scrubbing to get rid of spillages. Granite is incredibly tough and durable, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally cracking it, and its toughness also lends itself to being heat-resistant. Granite is also available in a range of colours, so whether you prefer a subtle colour scheme or a brighter one, a granite worktop can fit in well with your design ideas.

Quartz

Quartz, like granite, is an incredibly tough and durable surface for those who want resilience as well as aesthetics.  Each slab takes many hours to manufacture during a process of compression and polishing, meaning that your worktop is manufactured to a very high standard and very easy to clean and maintain. Quartz worktops are also incredibly resilient, so you needn’t have to worry about dropping sharp objects and damaging the surface. While it may be slightly more expensive than other surfaces, the quality and durability of the material makes it worth the extra expense with colours well suited to today’s sleek and well designed kitchens.