Archive for October, 2013

Bench-Top Ideas and Materials

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

When you’re deciding on adding some extra spark or style to your kitchen, looking at different kitchen bench- tops can be the perfect solution. You may also be thinking about kitchen bench tops when completing some kitchen renovations.

Looking at the expansive range of kitchen bench tops can be an exciting process, as there are so many different options.

You’ll see some very glamorous and expensive options, as well as some more affordable types. If you’re unsure about your decision it may more appropriate to ask questions when working with a kitchen and bathroom renovation specialist, they may be able to shed some new light on particular styles.

If you do decide to You really need to set yourself a budget when looking at bench-top options, as you can easily get confused by all the different brands and prices. However there are the basic bench top materials to consider, and with these types you can reach a basic understanding on what will suit your kitchen.

Natural Stone:

Generally speaking natural stone bench- tops are on the pricey side but are very popular due to the different looks available. Made of complete stone it’s very classy and very easy to clean. It’s unlikely you’ll scratch this surface as it’s very durable material. All need to be resealed to keep the standard in check. Make sure you’re careful with breakable objects on this bench- top, it can smash a lot of precious items.

You can get : Limestone, Granite, Sandstone, Marble, Slate and Soapstone

Granite- You can get a whole range of colours, from natural beige, to subtle blue tones. Is of a denser material than marble.

Marble- You could definitely say this is the epitome of elegance, with it’s many beautiful designs and patterns.

marble 1

Stone Composite/ Engineered Stone:

Made from reconstituted stones/ granite granules or quartz, and mixed with a resin or silicon base. Easily withstands most heat applied (however not if excessive heat is regularly applied this will cause a stain). You can choose from a range of styles and tones. It will not easily scratch so you don’t have to be too careful when bustling around the kitchen. If you’re looking for a cheap option, this is not the right product, as it’s usually quite expensive. Brands include: Ceasarstone, Essastone, Stone Italiana & Silestone

Laminate :

Laminate bench- tops are the most popular choice in households, due to their price and range. You can find endless amounts of styles and looks, as the top layer is made from melamine resin. With this type of material it’s very easy to imprint designs and colours, so you can even get one which mimics a more expensive type. If you’re on a budget this is the option for you. However with all types there are some disadvantages, it’s not good with heat, marks can easily be imprinted, and when it does wear out it’s very noticeable.

laminate

Glass:

Glass material for bench- tops isn’t an overly popular choice, and usually because it seems expensive and fragile. It could be said that more people are afraid to go in this direction purely due to their own imprinted bias surrounding glass, however this bench- top isn’t the scary thought we imagine. Apart from looking clean and fresh in the kitchen, the glass used is not thin, so it’s very resistant to breakage. Another bonus is that it’s completely heat resistant. Downside is that it can be expensive if you have a large area to cover, and it’s usually cut to size.

Types include: plain glass, tinted, patterned slumped, and painted.

Timber:

Timber bench tops can look very suave and stylish, especially when you’re going for a rustic look. You can choose from different wood types and this means being able to select according to your budget. If you’d like to keep banging noise out of the kitchen, this is a much better option than any other hard bench-top materials. However you’ll need to be careful with hot pans and kettles, as this is wood, it won’t withstand direct heat.¬† If you regularly reseal this bench top then you can keep it’s quality in tact for a long time.

timber

Stainless Steel:

Stainless steel bench-tops has a definite look and feel, so if you’re heading in this direction you obviously want to go with a particular style. Usually you’ll find stainless steel to be in commercial kitchens, due to their industrial strength. Stainless steel will provide a sleek and simple surface to your kitchen, with the benefit of durability. Although your stainless steel bench top can be scratched, it will not be affected by heat, is easy to clean, and is easy to maintain.

 

With this basic information you should have a better idea on what direction to go with bench- tops, however it doesn’t hurt to do further research like go directly to manufacturer websites and look at different designs other home owners have implemented. Make sure you choose an option that will best suit your circumstances and match your budget.