Regardless of whether you want an industrial, rustic or modern look, there’ll be a kitchen benchtop to suit. While we often think about what will look nice, other essential things such as budget and ease of cleaning shouldn’t be overlooked either.
In this post, we cover the best benchtop for your kitchen, based on function, style and cost.
Industrial Look Benchtop Ideas
The industrial style requires a polished concrete countertop, but this option is expensive. There are many factors, like cement, aggregates, and sand, which will influence the final colour of your concrete benchtop. Concrete needs to be sealed/polished to prevent staining and damage to the surface.
Things to consider with concrete benchtops includes being careful not to drop or knock any concrete – especially the corners, which are prone to cracking. You must also be careful when cleaning the surface to avoid bubbling or scratch marks.
Repolishing is recommended whenever the surface is damaged. If you leave the surface scratched, you could potentially let stains seep through, damaging the surface permanently.
Budget Conscious Benchtop Options
A laminate benchtop is a good option if you’re on a tight budget. Laminate (laying multiple sheets of paper over chipboard, ply or MDF) has been around for quite some time and has come a long way. You can now get a laminate benchtop to suit any style you want – wood grains, marble, and granite are all achievable with laminated surfaces. You can even create an amazing waterfall finish with seamless joints. Laminate is the leading brand when it comes to laminates.
Heat damage can also occur with laminate products. Stains are easily removed with a cleaner. Once the surface has been damaged, continued exposure to liquids and water can cause the boards beneath to swell.
A butcher block countertop can give your kitchen a rustic look. It’s a less expensive alternative. Butcher block can be sealed either with oil or with polyester resin.
If you decide to have an oiled surface, remember that you’ll need to reapply the oil periodically so that it doesn’t dry out and crack. Any spills should be attended to straight away with a damp cloth (if the spill is on an oiled surface), warm soapy water or a spray and wipe type product if the spill is on a polyurethane surface. Harder abrasive cleaners will damage the paint’s surface and strip its gloss.
Natural Looking Benchtop Choices
Marble is a good option if you’re looking for a natural stone like granite but don’t want to spend a fortune. It’s delicate and needs to be treated carefully. Marble is more porous, so sealing and ongoing care are a must.
Marble is one of the most common materials used for countertops, but there are some things to carefully consider. It may stain or etch, which means that it may leave marks on your kitchen counters. As time passes, it may begin to show signs of aging. If you don’t take proper care of and maintain your countertops, they could become stained or damaged.
You’ll eventually scratch marble by using it every day. But these won’t necessarily be noticed as you walk past them. Over time, marble develops a natural patina that enhances its unique beauty.
Porcelain is lightweight, so you don’t need to seal it, and it’s available in larger slab sizes. It’s versatile, too; you can use porcelain sheets for furniture, flooring, and outdoor areas.
It’s a natural material that has been around for centuries. Porcelain is one of the most popular choices for countertops because it resists stains and scratches better than other materials.
Porcelain is a good material for kitchen and bathroom countertops because it’s durable, easy to clean, and beautiful. Durability is one of its main advantages. It lasts longer than other materials and is easier to clean.
If you want something practical, quartz is your answer. It’s probably one of the most popular choices at present – it comes in a range of colours and designs and is not as expensive as other stone materials. It’s also nonporous so you don’t need to seal it.
Attractive and functional are the best words to describe quartz. With this material comes an easy-to-clean surface that is durable, hygienic, and long-lasting. If you struggle with having to replace your kitchen counters constantly, you should start thinking about quartz countertops. It allows you to focus on the important functions – meal preparation, rather than kitchen clean up.
Our experts are here to help you with the best benchtop for your kitchen. Get in touch with Stone Benchtop Direct today and let’s discuss your next project.