Worktops are usually found on top of cupboards and provide a robust surface capable of handling the demands of a busy kitchen. They aren’t just for the kitchen, though, appearing in bathrooms, utility rooms and elsewhere. When it comes to worktops, the difficulty lies in the material chosen. You want something fit for purpose that also matches the style of your home.
Need to update your worktops? Whether they are for your kitchen, bathroom, lab or anywhere else, JMT will help you. We supply bespoke worktops to commercial and trade customers as well as homes. With 30+ years’ experience under our belts, you can rest assured we know what we’re doing. Get in touch with JMT today to arrange a visit, within 50 miles of Carlisle, where we’ll come and measure up and give you a no obligation worktop quote. Give us a call on 01228 791909 to arrange a visit now.
What worktop material is best for me?
When it comes to choosing the material for your new worktop, there are certain things you need to take into consideration.
First and foremost, if it’s for your home, is the way the worktop looks. Even the most functional worktop is no good if it sticks out like a sore thumb. But at the same time, it needs to be up to the task at hand.
Here are some of the more common worktop materials and their benefits:
Granite - granite is a rock that’s both heat and scratch-resistant. This makes granite worktops ideal for kitchens as it provides protection from wear and tear. They give a sleek, stylish appearance perfect for luxurious modern kitchens.
Quartz - made from 90% quartz in combination with resins, polymers and other pigments for further fortification. Quartz worktops are easy to clean and are available in many different colours because of the range of pigments that can be added. They are stain, scratch and heat-resistant, making them perfect for withstanding the wear and tear that comes with a busy kitchen.
Hardwood - getting a hardwood worktop opens you up to a variety of different woods for colour and texture such as walnut, oak, mahogany, or pine. Hardwood worktops require more maintenance than other types, but nothing else looks quite the same in traditional kitchens, and it’s less expensive than stone. Remember if we supply only you will need to treat the hardwood with the staining of your choice – one coat on the bottom and three on the top before fitting can commence.
Laminate - this is perhaps the most cost-effective option for worktops. It can be made to look like other materials, and so is incredibly versatile. Laminate worktops are also easy to clean and maintain. View our range here.
Glass - an excellent choice for contemporary and modern settings. Glass is heat-resistant and can be made in any style, shape or colour.The only downside is that it’s easily smudged, so requires regular cleaning.
Stainless steel - stainless steel worktops are the standard in commercial kitchens. They are durable, antibacterial, resistant to both heat and acid, and easy to clean. These qualities make them perfect for commercial kitchens where they are under intense strain. Steel is often considered too cold-looking for home use, but there’s no reason you couldn’t have stainless steel worktops in your home if that’s what you wanted.
Solid surface composite - these worktops are made by combining acrylic resin and another material like stone or wood. This allows for the worktop to be moulded into any shape, and creates a glossy appearance in any colour desired. Solid surface composite worktops are also seamless, offering the smoothest look of any material available. They are also heat and scratch-resistant.