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Understanding the Types of Kitchen Worktops

When purchasing kitchen countertops, you may feel overwhelmed due to a handful of material choices. But the basic stone types are only a few, which ultimately leaves you with fewer worktop options.

How to Narrow the Worktop Choices

To find which worktop material suits you the best, you need to find about your specific needs and lifestyle you follow. For instance, do you do most food preparations directly on your counter space? If so, you need to pick materials that are non-porous and don’t leave stain marks or scratches on the worktop surface. 

You also need to consider the overall kitchen design. If your worktop is set on undermount sink, choosing laminate counters is not a good option, as they don’t go well with this style. The contrasting backsplashes look great but if you want to install the same material as your countertop, make sure you spend a fortune.

Once all this is clear in your head, you can choose the right worktop material out of the following options?

  1. Natural Stone

The natural stone worktops are quarried from earth’s crust. The most popular natural stones are granite and marble.

  • Granite:

It was once found only in wealthy homes but now granite is a common worktop material. It is easily available at your nearest local worktop stores or online.   Granite comes in a wide range of colours, varying from variegated browns and vibrant blues to deep red, midnight black and mottled white.

Pros: Durable surface, no visible seams and heat-resistant

Cons: It is an expensive worktop material that needs be sealed for resisting stains

  • Marble:

This high-end natural stone is available in fewer colour patterns compared to granite. But it makes a fantastic worktop surface for activities like making fresh pasta or bakery products.

Pros: Striking natural patterns and durable

Cons: High-maintenance, expensive and needs annual sealing

  1. Semi-precious Stone

The semi-precious stones like gemstone kitchen worktops are non-porous and more durable options than natural stones. These are highly resistant to stains and scratches too.

Gemstone worktops are the result of the fusion of pure quartz and crystals. Hence, it’s one of the strongest worktop materials in the market today. This worktop offers an eco-friendly option for people looking for sophisticated, stylish and sturdy kitchen material that lasts for years. 

Pros: Glossy, stylish and luxurious appeal

Cons: Needs proper attention

  1. Quartz

Besides gemstone kitchen worktops, quartz is a highly durable and strong worktop material. It is a hard stone that requires no sealing like natural stones. The modern varieties of quartz are available in endless colour and pattern options.

Pros: Low maintenance, durable and wide range of colours/patterns

Cons: Expensive

  1. Laminate

Laminate is a hard-wearing and durable material that’s available at affordable prices.  It is available as ready-to-install worktop slabs at the different supplier or manufacturing stores. If you want to use it for kitchen countertop, buy the matte-finish, as gloss finish is not suitable for countertop use.

Pros: Affordable option and available in many colours

Cons: Not heat-resistant and can chip or scratch

  1. Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is another popular kitchen worktop option that comes in limitless style and colour options. However, you need to select only high-rated ceramic tiles and countertops.

Pros: Affordable, non-porous and lots of colour/pattern choices

Cons: Needs resealing