August 17, 2021 12:03 pm
Kitchen countertops are a core element of any kitchen’s design, and a perfectly selected worktop can really bring the look of a kitchen together.
However, the aesthetics of each material aren’t the only thing you need to consider. The durability, ease of maintenance and flexibility of fitting should also influence the decision.
It’s worth giving some thought to how much usage your kitchen gets, whether you prefer to use it more for entertaining or cooking and how much maintenance you’re prepared to do.
With these considerations in mind, our guide to kitchen worktop materials will help you decide which one is best for you.
Kitchen Countertop Materials
Hardwood brings a natural warmth and personality to kitchens, even just as a focal point in a small area such as by the sink. One of the best things about this material is that it ages over time, adding more and more character throughout the years.
When properly prepared and sealed, hardwood surfaces are easy to maintain with regular sanding and oil application. However, they are susceptible to damage from water, steam and scratches.
Natural hardwood is one of the more expensive options, but we think it’s worth it for the stunning furniture-like look it brings.
Granite is a hard-wearing material that is rarely affected by heat, scratches or other daily wear and tear – however it will need to be resealed regularly to retain its damage resistance.
Being a natural material, no two pieces of granite are exactly the same so there may be some variation in appearance throughout the kitchen, but we think this only adds to the rustic look granite brings.
Marble offers an elegant, classic look which is perfect for those seeking a luxury kitchen design, but it is significantly less durable than other materials, such as granite or laminate.
Although it is heat resistant, even when sealed marble stains, chips and scratches very easily which makes it a less suitable option for busy families with young children.
Sometimes referred to as engineered stone, quartz is an environmentally friendly man-made material that requires little to no maintenance beyond regular cleaning.
It’s antibacterial, incredibly resistant to damage or staining and is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns. However, it is one of the more expensive options and is very heavy so requires strong support.
Corian (or solid surfacing) is nonporous, so it doesn’t require any additional sealing or special maintenance.
Though it is susceptible to damage from burns and scratches, these can be easily fixed with sanding as the material’s colour is consistent all the way through.
Available in a variety of glossy colours and able to be moulded into any shape, Corian makes a great option for contemporary kitchen owners who are seeking a seamless look.
Concrete is the perfect kitchen worktop material for creating a trendy industrial-chic look.
Although it’s not as heat resistant as other materials, is still stands up well to heavy usage. However, frequent sealing is required to prevent staining and it is somewhat susceptible to small cracks developing over time.
Like quartz, concrete is very heavy so will need strong supporting structures underneath.
Bespoke Kitchen Design
With decades of experience in bespoke kitchen design and craftsmanship, our experienced team will help you select a high-quality a kitchen countertop that is both beautiful and well-suited to your needs.
Get in touch to discuss your kitchen plans today.