The most common question when it comes to choosing a kitchen worktop is; “what’s the best?”. This is quite possibly the hardest question to answer; as with anything there are pros and cons for each alternative - however, it takes the home owner to decide which of these pros and cons are more important.
Choosing the appropriate worktop for your kitchen comes down to a number of different factors, it needs to be suitable for your lifestyle and the needs of your kitchen. Not every kitchen will be used in the same way, each will undergo different requirements. For example, the woman that lives next door might make handmade pasta three times a week, whilst the man over the road can just about get his oven to turn on. The point here is, only you can truly know how much of a daily battering your kitchen will get. So here are the pros and cons of a selection of worktops.
Natural Stone: Marble
This is the big deal, the one that everyone immediately thinks about when they’re fantasising about the plush new kitchen they want fitted. Marble has really sky-rocketed in popularity over the past few years, influential home design bloggers have gone mad for the stuff. It is considered to be the embodiment of sophistication and stylishness. However, whilst it looks impressive, it takes a lot of maintenance. It scratches ridiculously easily, and if you’re not prepared to do all the necessary up-keep that goes hand in hand with this material it’d be a better idea to find something a little less demanding.
A classic and timeless choice for a worktop. Nothing says homely kitchen like beautifully crafted wooden worktops; tactile and warm, they scream family friendly kitchen. They can be more affordable than other worktop types, but they don’t like water and heat much. They require regular oiling in order to stay in good condition. The sink area is also a worry area, as the water can cause the wood to warp and get stained with horrible black mould. However, with wood if there is a stain and it’s not too deep; they can usually be sanded out and re-oiled for the worktop to look as good as new.
An engineered material that feels and looks like natural stone, but without the porous qualities. Billed as one of nature’s toughest minerals, mixing it with resin it’s going to give you one tough worktop. It is also heat and water resistant, incredibly durable and hard-wearing. Although, if you choose a quartz worktop with less than 93% quartz, it can start to lose some of the beneficial elements you want to buy it for in the first place.
When you think of stainless steel, most people will immediately go to ‘practical’ or ‘highly functional’. There is a clear reason why professional restaurant kitchens have these. It doesn’t stain, or mark, it’s heat and water resistant - it does scratch but over time this just fades to a soft patina. If you need or want a high functional, highly practical kitchen worktop, then stainless steel is definitely one for you. For those of you who want a more sociable kitchen aesthetic, you may want to choose something a bit less clinical looking.
So, choosing a kitchen worktop isn't an easy decision; but as long as you do your research properly and thoroughly you’ll pick a material that compliments your lifestyle and your kitchen design. Get in touch with one of the team today to discuss your kitchen worktop needs.