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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. A place to pour your love and ambition into delicious dinners and tasty treats.
This makes the choice of kitchen worktops especially important. The worktop 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 worktop is also a working area. It’s important to consider practical aspects of the material. Do you need the worktop 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 worktop 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 worktop or kitchen countertops for your home.
Stone worktops: Quartz
Stone such as quartz makes for strong and resilient kitchen worktops. 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 worktops do have some drawbacks to consider as well. They can’t handle too much heat, and they can be difficult to install without professional help.
Wood worktops: Solid Wood and Thick Veneer
Choosing wooden worktops 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 worktop 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 worktop is maintenance. Wooden worktops 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 worktop should also be oiled at regular intervals to avoid the wood drying out.
Plastic worktops: Acrylic and Laminate
Worktops made from plastic materials are practical, flexible and affordable. Both acrylic and laminate worktops are completely waterproof and easy to clean. You can get laminate worktops 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 worktops 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 worktop. 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.