Your benchtop is often the unsung hero in the kitchen - hardworking, highly functioning and beautiful...
Did you know that one of the hardest working surfaces in your home is your kitchen bench, so be sure to pick the right material if you a planning to purchase a new one! A kitchen benchtop needs to be a master of all trades – tough, heat resistant, and durable to the odd scratch or stain.
Granite makes for an exquisite and enduring surface for your kitchen benchtop, with a stunning variety of styles and colours to choose from. The solid granite benchtop pictured above has a leathered finish, offering a unique look and feel, and from a practical point of view requires lower maintenance – as fingerprints, watermarks and crumbs are less conspicuous than on a shiny, polished finish. Cooking with family and friends is made hassle free, without the worry of their little fingered autographs being left all over your kitchen bench! It really is the perfect choice for busy homeowners who don’t want to be cleaning up all the time!
Granite Transformation is a 6.5mm reconstituted stone overlay, generally boarded around a chipboard substrate. This makes it a perfect choice for those who prefer a simpler option to solid granite, while still upholding the quality required. Being an engineered stone, Granite Transformation offers a wide range of stylish colours, and a consistency of colour range that is ideal for the décor conscious client. Granite Transformation is easy to clean, nonporous, and maintain their beauty over many years!
Essa Stone is a type of engineered stone, with a high content of natural quartz which makes it extremely resilient and virtually maintenance free. It also, like granite, is a non-porous surface material that is stain, scratch and heat resistant. No need to feel guilty when you place those freshly baked cookies directly on your kitchen benchtop! Backed by an exceptional 15-year limited warranty, Essastone benchtops are ready for whatever life throws at them!
Timber benchtops are also relatively durable, although softer than other benchtop materials, and can be sanded back and refinished if required. Timber is low maintenance, and with the use of recycled timber, it can be very cost effective. It’s the ideal choice if you are wanting to give your kitchen that natural and rustic look! However, if not taken care of, scratches, stains and water damage can accumulate, ruining the overall appearance of the timber. Timber benchtops can also have the affect of clashing against other modern furniture etc in your home, if not selected carefully.
Choosing laminate for your new kitchen benchtop is a budget friendly option, and a masterpiece in many kitchens across the globe. Laminate is a popular choice due to its wide range of colours and patterns, which many effectively mimic other more expensive materials. It may be the perfect solution for that exquisite marble slab you had your eye on, which doesn’t fit within your budget! Like most other benchtop materials, laminate is stain resistant, hard wearing and widely available in the market.