When overhauling a kitchen or bathroom it is vital not to underestimate the importance of worktops. Worktops not only determine the overall character of a kitchen or bathroom in terms of looks and style; they are also one of a property’s key utilities.
The material chosen for kitchen or bathroom worktops is thus highly important in terms of its function and durability. A wooden surface, for example, is fairly resilient but can warp when exposed to high temperatures. Aluminium can scratch easily whilst laminate surfaces are highly prone to chipping and cracking.
Stone worktops such as those made from granite and quartz on the other hand are highly heat and scratch-resistant. Quartz and granite worktops are also extremely easy to keep clean and hygienic. Provided the best quality grades or brands are sourced – and the worktops fitted by professionals such as members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen – the finished installations should literally last a lifetime.
In terms of looks and appearance, granite and quartz worktops are generally considered superior. Rich, deep-set patterns that are difficult to emulate synthetically are the hallmark of many stone worktops.
Where consistency and uniformity of colour and pattern are important, however, it is recommended that an engineered stone such as Compac Quartz or Compac Marmol is selected rather than an unprocessed, randomly patterned stone such as granite.
It is also recommended that actual worktop samples be obtained prior to purchase in order to evaluate the colours under different lighting conditions.