If you are planning a kitchen refit it’s important to think beyond the aesthetics. Often homeowners choose the style and materials used in their kitchen based simply on how they look. However, as one of – if not the busiest – room in the house, it’s fundamental to consider how your kitchen will be used when you select the materials for items such as your units and worktops. By working on a bespoke design you can order traditional kitchens from SN Collection that feature worktops in materials which suit your needs. To help you choose which surface material would work best for you, take a quick look at our pros and cons guide below.
Used within a kitchen wood has a warming natural effect and is easy to work into a range of designs because it is available in such a wide choice of colours. Wood is a very affordable option compared to surfaces such as granite, it is also bio-degradable making it environmentally friendly and it can be retreated during its lifetime to remove marks and grooves.
On the negative side, wood can pick up scratches and blemishes very easily, making it more important to plan ahead while in the kitchen. You cannot place hot pans or baking trays on surfaces as they will burn wood and it can react badly with water if not treated properly; however this can be avoided with good maintenance.
As a surface glass can look physically impressive in a kitchen and it is practical too. Super smooth and hard wearing it is both water and typically heat resistant, as well as easy to clean. The combination of these features mean it makes for a reasonably durable material. Although impressive when sparkling clean, glass has a tendency to smudge easily and thus can require a lot of upkeep.
Although durable in many ways it can chip or crack, particularly if too much weight is placed on it, kitchen accidents should therefore be avoided on glass surfaces.
This is a particularly hard-wearing surface which comes in a large range of colours, patterns and finishes. It also has the benefit of being very hard wearing with resistance to both heat and water. Granite can also be carved to allow appliances to be built into your surfaces – for example your draining board.
However, compared to most surfaces granite comes in at the higher end of the scale when it comes to expense. It is also heavy and quite difficult to work with, requiring specialist attention for cutting and shaping.
As a worktop material stainless steel is often chosen in kitchens where the homeowner is looking for a more minimal or modern feel. It is both waterproof and heat resistant and is very easy to clean. Although it’s often perceived as offering a particular look it is available in a choice of finishes including polished, sandblasted and matte.
The main downside with stainless steel surfaces is the fact that they can be scratched easily which can lead to a less polished appearance and at times cleaning tougher stains may lead to further scratching or blemishes.
Overall you do want to have an aesthetically pleasing kitchen, and this will undoubtedly stick first and foremost in your mind when it comes to searching for you ideal kitchen worktop surface. Just make sure you weigh the pros and cons for each as much as you can, because once it is fitted you will be living with it for a large period of time!
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