The kitchen counter is an inseparable part of the kitchen – and many would say that it is one of the most important. Not only is it a large surface that attracts attention, but it is also the main utility element of the kitchen.
There are many variants of kitchen worktops on the market – so what options do we have?
Laminate countertops are very popular, mainly because of their low price. It is usually made of chipboard covered with a layer of laminate, and thus is not very durable. This worktop is characterized by low resistance to mechanical damage, the board may swell in the event of poor protection against moisture, and any damage is unsightly and very difficult to hide. The advantages, in addition to the low price, include a very extensive and diverse colour palette – this worktop can imitate the appearance of, for example, wood or stone.
This is a good solution for people who want a worktop with a specific look, at a low price.
There is nothing more classic than a wooden worktop in the kitchen. The wooden top will fit into many types of interiors – from modern to vintage, traditional, rustic or Scandinavian. For the kitchen worktop, it is best to choose hard wood varieties, such as oak, beech or exotic wood. However, this is not a cheap option, natural wood is included in the price. Such a top also requires proper protection of the wood and periodic conversation. If you take care of your wooden worktop, it can serve you for many years.
Natural stone worktop
It is one of the most durable, but also the most expensive solutions. However, it is a solution worth the price – the stone kitchen worktop is almost indestructible. It is resistant to high temperature, as well as moisture and mechanical damage. In addition to the high price, you must also remember that stone, due to its weight, requires more solid and durable, and thus, more expensive kitchen furniture. Granite, which has no pores, is most suitable for the kitchen. In the case of stones with a porous structure, such as marble, it becomes necessary to impregnate the worktop.
Composite kitchen worktop
The composite kitchen worktop is made of ground stone mixed with polyester resin. It can be an alternative to a stone worktop, because composite worktops, especially made of conglomerate, are similar in their properties to stone.
Such a worktop will be resistant to mechanical damage, flooding and scratches, while being much lighter and cheaper than stone.
The choice of the worktop should be well-thought-out – you should take into account your budget, use and aesthetics to choose the perfect worktop for your needs and requirements.