There’s no doubt that the benchtop you choose for your kitchen designs will strongly set the tone for the rest of your renovation. In this article, we explore popular benchtops for kitchens, touching upon aesthetics, durability and use.
Engineered stonetops are the preferred benchtop of kitchen renovators, and for good reason too. Made from a resin and natural aggregate mix, the stone-top provides variety alongside strength. With colours from bright whites to dark greys available, alongside solid colours and flecks of different coloured stone – you’ll find a colour to meet your needs.
However, the stonetop isn’t loved just for its beauty. It is also highly durable and easy to clean, with natural resistance to scratching and staining and no need for ongoing maintenance.
A laminate benchtop may not be as popular or as durable as a stonetop, however, it is favoured by those on a tight budget. Laminate benchtops have a wide range of colours that imitate more expensive materials, allowing you to craft the look you’d like, even with a smaller budget.
Whilst the laminate benchtop is resistant to staining and easy to keep clean, it is susceptible to scratching and burn marks.
Timber benchtops add a touch of warmth and character to your kitchen. However, they need to be coated and treated yearly. This ongoing maintenance and a lack of natural resistance to staining, burns and marks mean they aren’t as well-loved as stone tops.
Solid surface benchtops, also known as acrylic resin benchtops, are popular for outdoor kitchens due to their UV resistance. They are also easier to keep clean, assuming you choose to mould the sink into the benchtop, as there is less space for dirt to gather.
Although they are not strongly resistant to heat scorching or scratches, repairs are relatively easy, with the manufacturer being able to repair the benchtop without having to remove the entirety of the top.
When it comes to engineered stonetops, Subiaco Stone Works are our point of call, Subiaco Stone Works offer a top-quality product range alongside extensive knowledge and advice and skilled and experienced craftsmen. Your benchtop will be in good hands with Subiaco Stone Works.
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