The finishing touch of any kitchen is the worktop. Carefully chosen it will complement your choice of furniture to create that perfect space you’ve always dreamt of. Therefore, we will work with you to discuss the pros and cons of each option available, be it quartz, Dekton, granite, Corian, wood or laminate.
Working with a wide range of well-known brands we ensure that whichever material chosen, you get the very best in terms of quality and value for money. Whether you prefer the diverse choice of colours available in quartz, the natural beauty of wood or the hard–wearing sophistication of Dekton, we can offer you a wide selection of styles and finishes to suit your style and budget.
What is a Quartz Worktop? Quartz worktops are fabricated from natural quartz, one of the hardest minerals found in the earth. Small amounts of glass or metallic flecks can be added to create variety, resulting in a variety of beautiful worktops.
Where to use it? Quartz is a hugely practical choice and can be used anywhere in the kitchen.
What colour? Bold colours such as dark grey and marble effect look fabulous in modern and contemporary kitchens. If your room design is quite traditional, stick to neutrals such as white, off whites and cream.
How durable is a quartz worktop? Quartz is very tough and more durable than many natural stones. It is non-porous, stain, scratch and impact resistant. Both Silestone and Caesarstone come with a 25-year guarantee for total peace of mind.
Flexibility and fitting. Available in jumbo slabs up to 3250 x 1590mm quartz is a hugely flexible worktop and will suit most kitchen layouts. Fabrication and fitting is done by specialists and is arranged by us. Templates will be taken once the base units are in place and it should be one week before the worktops are ready to install.
Does Quartz require any initial or ongoing treatment? No initial treatment required. You can clean it using a damp cloth and a mild detergent.
What is a Dekton Worktop? Dekton is an ultra-compact surface consisting of a blend of glass and porcelain. Dekton employs exclusive Sinterized Particle Technology, a high–tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes when subjected to high temperatures and pressure over thousands of years.
Where to use it? Like quartz, Dekton is a hugely practical choice and can be used anywhere in the kitchen. Due to its resistance to UV rays Dekton is also ideal for outside kitchens too.
What colour? Dekton comes in a variety of dramatic designs as well as more subtle finishes. The Industrial range with its range of unique finishes can add the ‘wow’ factor to any kitchen style but is particularly suited to a more contemporary design.
How durable is a Dekton worktop? It can withstand high temperatures without burning, scorching or cracking and therefore hot pans can be placed directly on the surface. It is the most scratch resistant surface on the market and is completely non-porous and stain proof. Dekton’s finish will last for the life of the product and never needs to be re-surfaced or re-finished.
Flexibility and fitting As with quartz fabrication and fitting is done by specialists and is arranged by us. Templates will be taken once the base units are in place and it should be two weeks until the worktops are ready to install.
Does Dekton require any initial or ongoing treatment? No initial treatment required. You can clean it using a damp cloth and a mild detergent.
What is a granite worktop? Another of the most commonly used materials for worktops is granite. Similar to quartz, this material is also very resilient. Granite is a natural rock that is cut in its natural state and is then polished for use in homes. Regular maintenance is suggested to prevent staining with granite.
Where to use? Any area of the kitchen, including around the sink and next to the hob or oven. A large expanse of granite can make a striking island worktop
What Colour? It’s a luxury material that never falls out of fashion and suits traditional and modern styles. Choose from a classic polished finish, or a honed matt for a more contemporary look.
How durable is a granite worktop? Such a strong material is difficult to scratch and is able to resist temperature changes, but it must be treated with respect to prevent damage. Wine and citric acids must be cleaned up at once to avoid damaging the stone. and will usually need to be protected by a special sealant.
Flexibility and fitting Templates will be taken once the base units are in place and it should be one week before the worktops are ready to install
Does granite require any initial or ongoing treatment? Granite requires an initial sealing, and then another about 10 years later. You can clean it using a damp cloth and a mild detergent.
What is a Corian? This kitchen worktop is an advanced composite of natural minerals and pure acrylic polymer and is backed by DuPont™ with a 10-year Limited Installed Warranty; they can be totally seamless too with one–piece, moulded sinks and splashbacks. Designs can be thermoformed into fabulous, organic curves, slick, cantilevered breakfast bars and seamless wrap-around surfaces on islands. The material can be engraved, back-lit with LEDs and even fitted with built-in wireless charging for smart phones.
Where to use? In wet areas. Perfect if you want a seamless worktop run with an integrated sink in the same material.
What colour? Suits most schemes. Available in a variety of colours – choose bright hues for modern kitchens, white for architectural, and any pale shades for traditional rooms. Avoid dark colours which can show scratches.
How durable is a Corian worktop? Corian surfaces are stain and water resistant, however they are not as heat or scratch resistant as Quartz or Dekton. That said, most scratches can be sanded out.
Flexibility and fitting Can be formed into any shape without the need for ugly or unhygienic joints.
Does Corian require any initial or ongoing treatment? No initial treatment required. Clean with a soft cloth and mild detergent. More persistent stains can be removed using a diluted bleach solution.
What is a hardwood worktop? Wood provides a warming finish to any kitchen, with its natural hues and ability to match any colour scheme, making it a popular choice for kitchen worktops. What’s more, thanks to the different stains, grains and tones, as well as the options on thickness, shape and edging finishes, your wooden worktop will be unique.
Where to use? Food preparation and dining areas, for example, islands and breakfast bars. Iroko and teak are ideal for using around the sink as they have a high oil content and are more water resistant.
What finish? Wood suits all kitchen styles. It can be used as an accent material in a breakfast bar or table linked to the island.
How durable is a wood worktop? If hardwoods are properly sealed and maintained they will last for a long time, but don’t use the worktop as a chopping board, or place hot pans directly onto the wood, as it can be easily marked or scorched.
Flexibility and fitting Wood is very easy to cut, and is suitable for use in most situations. It can be fitted by the kitchen installer and does not need templating.
Do hardwoods require any initial or ongoing treatment? Hardwoods require an initial programme of sealing using oil. Apply a coat once a day for the first week, then once a week for the next month, then once a month for a year. Avoid direct exposure to heat and prolonged soaking, especially by the sink and tap area. Wipe up spills instantly to prevent staining. Once established, seal with Danish or linseed oil quarterly to stop drying out. Any light scratches or stains can be sanded out to restore your worktops to their original glory. An inset sink with a built-in drainer will help protect the time from contact with water. Never put a hot pan or tray directly onto a wooden worktop – always use a trivet. Clean your surface with warm water, washing-up liquid and a soft cloth is all you need. Avoid using any abrasive and chemical-filled cleaning products and wire scouring pads.
Glass and Mirror Splashbacks
Glass panels can be subtle or make a dramatic style statement. A neutral colour will blend into its surroundings, while an eye-catching image or bright pattern will be the focal point of a room. Mirror splashbacks add depth and can pick out focal points such as a view to your garden. They can be used behind hobs and sinks or cover the entire wall above the worktop to offer practical protection against splashes and stains.
Glass and mirror for splash-backs are toughened to increase durability. They require a specialist glass fabricator to template and fit your splash-backs. Allow 2-3 weeks from templating to fitting for glass and up to 8 weeks for mirror.