Which Worktop Should I Choose For My Kitchen?

[vc_section sp_top=”0″ sp_bottom=”0″ bg_type=”image” bg_style=”stretch” fixed_bg=”yes” parallax_speed=”0.8″ height=”content” bg_overlay_opacity=”0.4″ bg_overlay_dot=”no” triangle_location=”top”][vc_section_container width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”36″ img_size=”custom” img_align=”none” css_animation_delay=”100″ icon_lightbox=”118|ss-air” custom_img_size=”1200×240″][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_gap height=”20″][vc_heading title=”Which Worktop Should I Choose For My Kitchen?” type=”h2″ style=”style1″ divider_width=”full” divider_color=”dark” text_transform=”Default” color=”default” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text]When decorating a new house or renovating an existing one, there is always one room that will need a lot more work than the others, and for most homes that’s the kitchen. The reason being it is where most of us spend the majority of our time. From the colour of the walls to the choice of fittings and cabinets, there are many different aspects of a kitchens style and layout that should be taken into careful consideration. Given the difficult decision of choosing suitable options for all of these design aspects, the hardest choice for many people is choosing appropriate kitchen worktops.

There are many different styles and materials to choose from when it comes to kitchen worktops, so it’s important to choose the right one to suit your budget constraints and practical requirements. Let’s take a look at granite, laminate, wood and stainless steel, which are four of the most popular materials for worktops.[/vc_column_text][vc_gap height=”20″][vc_heading title=”Granite/Quartz” type=”h2″ style=”style1″ divider_width=”full” divider_color=”dark” text_transform=”Default” color=”default” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text]Dues to its need for low maintenance and high durability, granite and quartz are extremely popular choices for many people. Granite/quartz can withstand high temperatures; it is water resistant and is impervious to most common household stains. This makes the surface an ideal choice for families with young children, and even though it is extremely practical, it also looks great so style is not compromised in any way.[/vc_column_text][vc_gap height=”20″][vc_heading title=”Laminate” type=”h2″ style=”style1″ divider_width=”full” divider_color=”dark” text_transform=”Default” color=”default” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text]Laminate is probably the cheapest worktop on the market making it very appealing to individuals who may be working with a tight budget. It is an engineering technique where multiple layers are fitted together and manufacturers can successfully mimic the look of many other worktop materials including slate, granite and wood using laminate. It is an extremely durable surface but it cannot withstand heat so it is advisable to take extra care when cooking. Also from a style perspective it does look cheap compared to stone or wood options.[/vc_column_text][vc_gap height=”20″][vc_heading title=”Wood” type=”h2″ style=”style1″ divider_width=”full” divider_color=”dark” text_transform=”Default” color=”default” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text]Hardwood worktops have been around for many years and have become a firm favourite for many homeowners. If you love the look of a rustic kitchen style, then hardwood is most definitely for you. Hardwood can absorb liquids quickly, which is why it is important to wipe up spills to prevent staining. It does involve quite a bit of maintenance however and it is essential to treat the wood with oil, and if it’s treated on a regular basis then the worktop will last for many years. Remember to never use the surface as a chopping board as it can scratch very easily.[/vc_column_text][vc_gap height=”20″][vc_heading title=”Stainless Steel” type=”h2″ style=”style1″ divider_width=”full” divider_color=”dark” text_transform=”Default” color=”default” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″][vc_column_text]Stainless steel is best used around the sink and also around food preparation areas. As it can be quite a ‘cold’ looking material, it is always a good choice to combine other materials with the steel in order to soften the overall look. This material is very strong, waterproof and heat resistant but can be quite expensive to install.

The worktop you choose will ultimately depend on your own personal needs, preferences and the style of your home. Obviously we’re a little biased towards stone worktops here at Atelier Stone so if you’re interested in installing a granite, quartz or marble worktop in your kitchen please feel free to get in touch![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ el_class=”sidebargrey”][vc_column_text]

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