There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to selecting the worksurfaces for your new kitchen. In this article, I’m going to focus on composite worksurfaces, and take you through the things you need to consider when making your selection.
Composite Worktops come in two main types; Quartz-based composites which are engineered using natural quartz crystals that are bonded together with special resins and solid surface composites which are produced using a man-made acrylic or polyester material. Both types of composites offer the same main benefits:
Hardwearing: Composite worktops are extremely hard and strong. As a result, they require minimal maintenance to keep them looking their best - just a simple wipe with soap and water.
Consistent: Because they are man made, the colour and veining of composites can be controlled so there are none of the natural variations that occur in natural materials like granite. They can also often be thermoformed to minimise visible joints.
Non-porous: Composite work surfaces are non-porous, so they’re very hygienic. Some products, such as Silestone, have special antibacterial protection incorporated throughout for extra peace of mind.
Repairable: Because the colour runs through the entire composite material, scratches and damage can often be sanded out. That said, most manufacturers recommend that hot pans are not placed directly on to the worksurfaces.
Composite manufacturers offer their products in a wide range of colours, thicknesses and finishes, and you can also select the profile edge of your choice to complete your desired look. In addition, some composite worktop manufacturers have developed extra environmentally-friendly ranges, in which recycled materials like mirrors and other glass and recycled materials are mixed with stone and resin to form the worksurface.
You might wish to combine composite worktops with a natural material to create contrast in your kitchen, or to differentiate between separate working areas within the room. You can see a wide variety of worktop samples in our showrooms
, and our designers will be happy to give you more specific advice for your project.