If you’re thinking about a new kitchen then you will no doubt be considering options for all sorts of things from the design of the kitchen units to the sort of appliances you want to include.
When it comes to choosing a worktop there are a few things to consider. The most obvious one is what do you want your worktop to be made from? In this article we will explore some of the positive and negative aspects of different worktop choices.
Benefits & Drawbacks of Wooden Worktops
Wooden worktops are a popular choice for kitchens as they can be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. They will last you many years if looked after properly and the price of wooden worktops can be a real plus factor. However if you do not care for worktops properly then they can quickly deteriorate and will need to be replaced.
There are things you should do to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Make sure that worktops are properly sealed using something like danish oil or a specialist sealant. Also avoid placing hot pots and pans on the top and be sure to clear up any spills promptly.
Following these basics will keep wooden worktops looking fantastic for many years.
Benefits & Drawbacks of Stone Worktops
Stone worktops such as granite and quartz are often the choice of those who want a luxury look in their kitchen. The benefits of stone is that it looks fantastic and can come in a wide range of colours, patterns and details making it virtually unique to your kitchen. They are easy to clean, they don’t warp or disc, but there are some things required to keep worktops in great condition.
It is best to avoid placing hot items on the worktops as they can be tarnished by the heat.
They will also need to be resealed periodically to protect the stone, which is of course porous. One of the most common issues with stone worktops is cracking. This can be the result of a poorly levelled kitchen, but worktops are not designed to take the weight of a person sitting on top. Avoid using your worktop as a chair! If a worktop does crack you can get it repaired, but prevention is better than the cure.
Benefits & Drawbacks of Laminate Worktops
Laminate worktops are a really cost-effective choice. There are some great designs and you can always find a product that exactly meets your preferences. Laminate is easy to work with, but there are some drawbacks when compared to solid wood worktops.
Of all the options laminate is arguably the least durable. This is because it is typically made of lower quality materials and then laminated with a finished surface. If your worktops are professionally installed then they will last a long time. However it is important to care for laminate worktops as the laminate layer can be damaged relatively easily and, unlike solid wood, cannot be sanded. Avoid chopping directly on the surface and never place hot items on the top.
Everybody has different tastes, budgets and needs from a kitchen. There are a wide range of materials and styles to choose from and checking the pros and cons of each will help make an informed decision about the best option for your new kitchen.