What’s the Best Kitchen Worktop for you?

The central focal point of any UK home is the kitchen and the kitchen worktop is possibly one of the most important items. Not only is the kitchen central in the preparation of the daily family meals, but it’s also: an eating area, a place to do work, homework and even socialise. Therefore, it’s crucial that your kitchen worktop has the perfect surface to perform its daily functions, as well as looking good. It needs to be a place that is easy to maintain and will keep its contemporary look for years, and take the punishment of chopping and cutting, as well as spills and hot pans.

A fine granite finish has always been highly sought after, it’s stylish and luxurious as well as being hard-wearing and functional. There are a vast variety of shades and patterns and it doesn’t depreciate in value. A granite kitchen worktop is resistant to heat, hygienic and easy to clean. However, if your granite kitchen worktop is damaged, it’s very hard to repair and can cause issues to cabinetry, which has to support the immense weight of this heavy surface. Finally, as granite is porous it needs to be sealed biannually to avoid liquids and bacteria seeping into it.

Quartz kitchen worktops are currently the most popular of surfaces. Matchless in their resilience to punishment, being very hard to scratch, chip or crack, quartz is also very easy to maintain. Quartz is the most hygienic of surfaces and comes in wide range of textures, colours and designs. Whilst granite is a traditional favourites, quartz kitchen worktops have the added bonus of being easy to seem, produce and available in far wide a selection of patterns. They don’t need the necessary sealing that granite and other surfaces do and are not as heavy, so it doesn’t put pressure on the supporting cabinets.

There are few more versatile and hygienic kitchen worktops than ceramic. Ceramic comes in an endless variety of colours and patterns, and so can fit almost any taste and kitchen size or style. Ceramic is modern-looking and easy-to-clean, as well as being heat and moisture-resistant. However, as ceramic tiles provide an uneven surface they are prone to scratching and if become cracked, a tile needs to be replaced rather than fixed. So a small supply of tiles should be set aside because a pattern may be discontinued, which could lead to a mismatched or ugly repair job.

Laminate kitchen worktops may not be as popular as they used to be but they are still in high demand. Being hard-wearing, easy-to-clean and economical, this surface comes in an endless array of patterns and textures to suit any taste. However, it doesn’t have the same luxurious feel as wood, marble or quartz for instance. Laminate can be hard to fully match the seam and it has to be sealed twice-yearly to avoid potential water damage. Finally, it’s not the most resistant of materials, being susceptible to scratching and blistering if due care is not taken when cutting and resting hot pans upon it.

There are so many surfaces to choose from: granite, quartz, ceramic, laminate, wood, marble, glass, stainless steel and many more, it’s quite a problem to choose, but a good problem. Taking your time to balance the pros and cons of each material can give you a choice of kitchen worktops that will be a good choice regardless of the final decision.