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Benchtop Options for Your Kitchen Renovation


A benchtop has a big impact on the overall appearance of a kitchen and you need to choose something durable to ensure they last a long time. There are so many options that you can choose from so you have to consider what will fit the overall interior theme of your home.

Engineered stone benchtop uses a resin with natural aggregates and you can find so many varieties of this; you will be able to find something that matches your kitchen design in no time! One such example of an engineered stone benchtop is quartz. There are options that you can choose with solid colours for a more minimal look or something that has flecks of colours due to the use of different stones. The reason that many homeowners select engineered stone is that it is very easy to maintain and it can also last a long time.

This is a non-porous material so spills will not stain the surface. All you need to do is wipe down the surface after cooking and it will be as good as new. Stainless steel benchtops are known for the seamless counter and splashback connection and the high level of hygiene it provides. Therefore, it is popular in commercial kitchens. They can be easily cleaned and creates a modern appearance. You can use concrete on the benchtops but you will need to seal it.

To give a sense of warmth to the kitchen, you can use a timber benchtop but you have to understand it comes with regular maintenance. It creates a cosy atmosphere when used in a tight kitchen space. You will need to seal the timber benchtop with polyurethane or use food safe oil. If you are using oil, it has to be done annually to maintain the protection.

Polyurethane tends to last longer. When renovating on a small budget, you can save some money using laminate kitchen benchtops. There are so many designs and colours you can access using laminate; it can mimic the designs of timbre, concrete and stone. It may not have the same texture as the material it is mimicking though. While the material will not stain, it is not heat resistant or scratch resistant.

Solid surface benchtops are made out of acrylic resin. A plus point with using this material is you can remove all the joints after installation is complete. The benchtop will look like one surface and you will not have the hassle of dirt getting lodged in joints also. This material is UV resistant so you can use it both indoors and outdoors. If there is any damage such as heat scorching, you can simply contact the manufacturer to get it repaired without resorting to a replacement. You can even make sinks out of solid surface so that the counter seamlessly flows into the sink without a joint or change in material. You can also create a backsplash out of this.

Thelma Dice
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