7 Top Tips for Selecting your Kitchen Bench Top (Part A)

Bench top Selection Ideas for your Kitchen

If you are building a new kitchen on the Northern Beaches of Sydney or are renovating a kitchen on the Northern Beaches, you are no doubt faced with the difficult task of selecting a material for your kitchen bench top. But with a plethora of options to choose from, that decision can be very difficult to make. So to make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the main material options for kitchen bench tops along with the advantages and disadvantages of each selection.

However, before you begin selecting your bench top material, you should consider the members of your household and what pressures your kitchen bench top may face. For example, families with younger children may opt for a durable benthos material that is easily fixed if damaged. On the other hand, a calmer and more mature household may consider a material that requires a little more effort to maintain but that provides a sleek, contemporary look. Once you have considered the requirements for your kitchen bench top, you can then consider which material to choose:

NATURAL STONE

Natural stone is a popular bench top option that looks great and suits almost every style. Natural stone bench tops (such as marble and granite) are durable and long-lasting. They are heat resistant, scratch resistant and chip resistant. However, natural stone bench tops are porous and require sealing annually to prevent staining. Stone slabs are available in almost any size and thickness and integrated sinks are an option for a stone bench top. Waterfall-edged sinks look particularly spectacular. Natural stone is on the higher-end of the price scale when it comes to bench tops, purely because of the specialty shipping, preparation and installation that is required.

Stone liked by Volpe Cabinet Making, image courtesy Share Design

ENGINEERED STONE

Engineered stone bench tops are a great mid-range price alternative for the stone look. It is made from a combination of crushed stone and a binding agent and is available in a variety of styles and colours (see Quartz and Caesarstone).

Engineered stone bench tops are non-porous, heat resistant, scratch resistant and chip resistant.

Unlike natural stone bench tops, engineered stone does not require sealing. Integrated sinks are also an option for engineered stone bench tops and the waterfall-edged sink looks particularly elegant in engineered stone.

Tomorrow we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a few more options for kitchen bench tops – acrylic, laminates, stainless steel, concrete and glass. In the meantime, if you require further information regarding kitchen bench tops or require further help with kitchen design in Sydney, contact us.

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