A kitchen worktop must be durable, hygienic, waterproof and resistant to heat, stains and scratches. There is a wide range of materials available, so choose one that suits your design in the kitchen, budget and the kind of use it’s likely to get. Here’s a quick breakdown.
Kitchen Worktop Materials You Can Use :
The most popular choice in the kitchen uses, laminate comes in a plethora of color and pattern options and is affordable (it comes in large sheets that are cut to fit). It’s key to invest in a top-quality brand, as cheaper laminates can warp, stain and scratch.
Chip-proof, non-porous, heat-resistant and seamless, solid surface is very dependable. Solid surface can make your design more flexible with your taste. It’s usually sold under brand names, such as Corian, and comes in delicious colors and patterns, some that resemble stone.
The choice for professional kitchens, stainless steel is now making headway into domestic kitchens. Which is a good thing, as it’s waterproof, will last forever, and is hygienic. Quality comes at a price, though, and scratches will develop as it ages.
A better choice than marble if you’re looking for a sleek, luxurious surface, granite is more water-resistant and easy to maintain.
An aesthetic option if you want a warm, pleasing look, hardwood unfortunately requires much maintenance. To get the same look but without the hefty price, go for laminated ply or veneer.
Ceramic tiles come in a wide range of colors and styles, and the specially fried ones are durable enough for a counter top or kitchen work top. The disadvantage is the maintenance, as dirt tends to get trapped in the grouting.