When it comes to choosing the right work surface for your kitchen, there are many options to consider. We will be discussing the 5 most popular types of work surfaces below.
Acrylic or solid surface worktops
Each type of work surface has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the one that best suits your needs, style and budget.
For example, laminate worktops are the most cost-effective option, while granite worktops are more durable and long-lasting.
Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of these different work surfaces.
Laminate worktops are the most common type of worktop in the UK, their popularity is mainly due to being the most affordable option. They are also very easy to clean and maintain. Laminates are made from layers of paper or fabric that are bonded together with resin to form a hard-wearing surface. and are available in a wide range of colours and patterns.
Timber worktops are a natural option and can add warmth and character to your home and your kitchen. They are available in a range of wood types and are usually finished with oil, wax or lacquer. The finish can be restored by sanding and resealing to remove scratches and stains.
Granite worktops are a popular choice due to their durability and natural beauty. They are available in a range of colours and patterns and are resistant to heat and scratches. Although you will pay a premium for these long-lasting natural surfaces.
Quartz worktops are made from a combination of natural quartz and resin. They are durable, heat-resistant, easy to clean and do not require sealing. They are also available in a wide range of colours and patterns. As with granite surfaces the life and durability will come with a premium.
Acrylic or solid surface worktops are made from a combination of acrylic resin and natural minerals and are available in a range of colours and patterns. These surfaces can have the look and feel of natural stone or even textured slate and are becoming more popular in modern kitchens. They are seamless, easy to clean, and can be repaired if scratched or chipped.
Oak Worktops fitted by Oakwoods in Walderslade, Kent
As you can see, each of these surfaces has different benefits. The cost and durability of both the worktops and the kitchen overall need to be considered. Since the durability of a worktop extends its life, if you’re likely to change your kitchen regularly, a more economical solution may be more appealing to you.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something that will last a lifetime then stone or solid laminate surfaces with high-quality cabinets will be the best option.
Below you can find the average costs of the surfaces we have discussed.
Laminate is typically £60 to £150 per linear metre including installation.
Timber usually is £100 to £200 per square metre.
Granite is normally £120 to £500 per square metre.
Quartz is normally £280 to £450 per square metre.
Acrylic is normally £200 to £300 per square metre.
We hope this blog post has given you some useful information on choosing the right work surface for your kitchen. If you have any questions or need any help with your kitchen project, please feel free to contact us. We are a professional kitchen installer with over 10 years of experience. We want to help consumers by providing helpful advice and insights into our industry.
We would love to hear from you and help guide you through the process of buying a new kitchen and finding the right team to install it.