Tested to stand up to years of use, our kitchen counter tops give you a wide choice of styles and materials. As well as ready-made ones, we have a range that you can customise, too. Our tailor-made worktops can be adapted to your kitchen and you can even get a sink put in directly at the factory.
The kitchen is often called the heart of the home - and for good reason. It’s a place for everything from daily rituals to big celebrations.
This makes the choice of kitchen benchtops especially important. The benchtop area is a focal point of the room, which means you need to consider its texture, look and feel. Do you want the clean, cold look of a quartz worktop? Or do you prefer the warm homeliness of a wood grain pattern?
The kitchen benchtop is also a working area. It’s important to consider practical aspects of the material. Do you need the benchtop to be heat resistant, so that it can handle hot pots and pans? Should it be scratch or crack resistant? Are you willing to polish and maintain the benchtop to keep it looking fresh? There’s a lot of questions to consider – but we’re here to help.
Here are a few tips on how to choose the right kitchen benchtop or kitchen countertops for your home.
Stone such as quartz makes for strong and resilient kitchen benchtops. The heavy, durable material will give a sleek, palatial feel to your kitchen. They are also very practical, being highly scratch resistant and easy to clean. Quartz benchtops do have some drawbacks to consider as well. They can’t handle too much heat and need professionals to measure and install them.
Choosing wooden benchtops is a great way to add natural beauty to your kitchen. And they are highly practical too. Wood is naturally resistant to germs and bacteria, and a solid piece of wood is very resistant to cracking and breaking. With good care, a solid wood benchtop can last a lifetime. It is also likely to become more beautiful with age.
One thing to consider with a solid wood or thick veneer benchtop is maintenance. Wooden benchtops need to have water and stains cleaned immediately to avoid damage. Wood is not very scratch resistant, but scratches can easily be sanded out. The benchtop should also be oiled at regular intervals to avoid the wood drying out.
Benchtops made from plastic materials are practical, flexible and affordable. Both acrylic and laminate benchtops are completely waterproof and easy to clean. You can get laminate benchtops that mimic the look and feel of wood or stone without the high price tag. Acrylic also has the same pattern throughout the entire piece, making it easy to polish out any scratches. Plastic benchtops are not very durable. They can be scratched or damaged by sharp or heavy objects, and they can’t handle heat from pots or pans.
Ceramic is an elegant material that makes for a great benchtop. It’s a highly durable material that is heat and moisture resistant. It’s also fairly easy to clean. That is, if you don’t mind scrubbing down the grout between tiles with a brush at regular intervals. However, ceramic is prone to scratches that cannot easily be buffed out. Ceramic also has a risk of cracking if you drop something heavy on the worktop. Additionally, ceramic cannot be repaired, so you need to replace the tile to get rid of any scratches or cracks.