Ashgrove Kitchen Design Tips: What Worktop?
23rd November 2015
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Composite, granite, ceramic, wood ... the choices of worktop are endless. So what is the best material for a kitchen worktop? Here are some handy tips

Ceramic

A relatively new material that is creating a stir due to its ability to be supplied as thin as 10mm, with exciting finishes such as metallic and rust in more than 40 colours. This extremely practical surface is man-made from natural materials, mainly clay. It's great for creating worktops over 3m long without joins.

 Quartz

A man-made composite, quartz is combined with resin and colourants and therefore colour choices are wild, while the pattern is uniform. If you want a white worktop, this is your best choice. It's not heat resistant, so make sure to plan how you'll dish up. Silestone and Caeserstone are the brands you'll recognise.

Corian®

Corian® which was invented and produced by DuPont is hard wearing and versatile and available in a huge variety of styles and colours. Often used in commercial situations for its long-term performance, it naturally fits well into a home kitchen environment. It can be joined in an almost invisible way creating immaculate clean lines and can also be moulded beautifully so your work surface merges seamlessly into a sink and draining board, for example. It is a hygienic and non-porous surface which can be incorporated into a whole host of applications.

 Granite and marble

Naturally formed from rock, both of these stones are classic and timeless. Their low temperature means they are fab for pastry work. It's worth remembering that they are heavy and pre-cut, so there will be seams. Patterns are natural so what you see in the showroom will be different to what arrives, and, while heat resistant, you need to be careful of red wine and lemon - they'll stain.

 Natural Hard Woods

Wood's fabulous for a natural, rustic and organic feel that's timeless. The options are varied. We work with different natural hardwoods to create a worktop that best suits your purpose.

Laminates

The main advantages with Laminate worktops are the colours available and it's relatively inexpensive price. This means you can really go to town when introducing exciting and vibrant colours schemes to your kitchen and it won't cost the earth. And of course laminates are hard wearing and stain resistant too, making them a very popular choice

For more advice on Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms pop into our showroom in Crediton or call 01363 773533

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