It is important to look at all the benefits of the various worktops on offer when choosing one for your kitchen.  Different worktops include laminate, wood, glass, granite, quartz, composite stone and stainless steel.
You need to think about what best suits your style and also how you will be using your kitchen.  Each of the worktops require different levels of maintenance.  It is not a good idea to choose glass if you have small children as it is easy to mark.  For the cooking enthusiast you should consider a heat resistant worktop such as granite, giving you more space to place hot items around the hob area.  If you worry about hygiene, then you need to think about opting for stainless steel.  Bear in mind that stainless steel will mark and scratch and where some like this rustic look, others may think it is damaged.

Hardwood Kitchen Worktops

These are best used in cooking preparation areas such as dining tables, islands and breakfast bars.  Consider opting for a water resistant worktop such as oiled teak around wet ares like sinks and draining boards.  Hardwood worktops look amazing and suit all kitchen installations and will blend with any cupboard type.  When maintained correctly, a hardwood worktop will last for many years.  form a kitchen fitters point of view, this type of worktop is quite easy to install as wood is easy to cut and shape for a professional.

Composite Kitchen Worktops

A very practical surface that can be installed anywhere in the kitchen including around sinks and hobs.  Available in many colours to suit your kitchen style.  You will need to discuss with your kitchen fitter prior to installation on the advantages and disadvantages of this type of worktop as it is a little more difficult to cut.  It will have to be professionally cut and shaped to fit your kitchen.

Most people think that this composite is virtually indestructible and hard to mark, but spillages can stain if left to settle.  Composite is one of the more expensive options at around £300 per sq mtre.

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