There are many different types of worktops available and we can guide you through the choice of surface for your new kitchen. We have a wide selection at our kitchen showroom in Milton Keynes. Why not book in to come and have a look?
Budget plays an important part in any kitchen project, and it is good to know that quartz, granite or acrylic worktop surfaces are comparable in cost at the high end. Laminates, on the other hand, are much cheaper to buy. This decision can have a major impact on the overall cost of the kitchen project.
It is often the case that the best type of worktop for your kitchen may not be decided until the initial design is complete, as many factors influence the choice from one type over another. Knowing this, it is not an area we would say you need to decide upon or worry too much about at an early stage (unless of course, you have your heart set on a type!) and it is good to keep an open mind.
At kitchenSMART we recommend the following worktop options:
1) Laminate – a durable all round and affordable worktop that’s easy to clean. Laminates are available in a variety of colours, textures and finishes. We supply lamented worktops from Schuller (which can be shaped to suit kitchen designs and have some unique edging options) Duropal and Bushboard
3) Solid surfaces - Solid surfaces are a man-made material usually composed of a combination of marble dust, bauxite, acrylic, epoxy or polyester resins and pigments. It is most frequently used for seamless worktop installations. Solid surface was first introduced by DuPont in 1967 under the name of Corian. At KitchenSMART we supply several different brands of solid surface for a variety of reasons – choice of colours and finishes and applications. The brands we offer include Corian, Staron (on display), Encore (on display) and Minerva. Some of these products require a template before manufacturing can take place, others are supplied in lengths and cut and fitted onsite. Staron and Corian offer benefits like seamless joints and coved upstands so there are no square joins or sealants required between upstand and worktops. The material is extremely flexible and can be used to take the work surface up and onto window sill etc. and provide integrated sinks with no joins for a perfectly smooth and flush finish. They are incredibly easy to maintain and have the major advantage of being completely repairable. They are a very popular choice with our clients and look amazing.
2) Quartz – A hardwearing and easy maintenance man made engineered stone worktop. Quartz is formed by combining 90% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface. One advantage quartz has over granite though is it does not require sealing as it is not porous like stone. Also, the colours and patterns can be more consistent as its production can be controlled, unlike naturel stone, and thus makes a very good option for modern kitchens. We supply several brands of quartz - including Silestone, Cimstone and AG quartz. Ask instore for more details.
4) Granite – Naturel granite is available in a huge choice of colours. Each work surface is unique with its own individual colours and markings. For those clients interested in buying a granite worktop we can arrange visits to the wholesale warehouse so you can see the slabs of granite available with your own eyes and literally stick your name on the slab you want. In the showroom, we carry a selection of smaller samples but a visit to the wholesale warehouse is always recommended before a final decision is made as they often have a few surprises in store!