It’s the place where most of the magic’s going to happen, so choosing the ideal worktop material is an important step when you’re planning your new kitchen. Which you go for will depend entirely on your personal style and the kind of use your worktops are going to get. Let’s look at the most popular options.
Effortlessly stylish, granite has long been a popular choice for modern and traditional kitchens. The appearance of granite is slightly mottled, giving it some real personality and making a striking style statement.
The pros of using granite are that it’s extremely heat resistant and very easy to keep clean. Also, granite tends not to stain or be susceptible to water damage. Plus keen bakers will love the coolness of a granite worktop – ideal for rolling out dough!
The eco-friendly option, wood is one of the most popular choices for modern worktops. The choice of various grains, hardness and finish is what keeps people coming back. Also, wood worktops are very easy to keep clean.
The downside of choosing wood is that it can score easily and get a little water-damaged, especially near to the sink. Applying the right coatings should protect it from most damage but scores are hard to avoid. Treat with care!
Always popular with chefs, stainless steel worktops are the most hygienic option. Plus they create a super-modern, streamlined effect in more contemporary kitchens. Stainless steel worktops are very durable and strong – but beware of scratches as they mark easily.
Engineered stone worktops are extremely strong and hard-wearing. Most people opt for stone worktops if marble or granite worktops are a little out of their price range. It has the same benefits of being heat and stain resistant, but it’s a more affordable option.
When installed well by experts, stone worktops can look absolutely fantastic and last for many years.