7 Top Tips for Selecting your Kitchen BenchTop (Part B)

More Bench Top Selection tips for your Kitchen Renovation (Part B)

Yesterday we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of natural stone and engineered stone bench tops for a new kitchen on the Northern Beaches of Sydney or kitchen renovation on the Northern Beaches. However, there are a few more kitchen bench top materials to consider:

 ACRYLIC

Acrylic bench tops are made from a blend of natural minerals and an acrylic resin. They are available in a variety of styles and colours. While acrylic is one of the more expensive options when it comes to bench tops, the initial cost is far outweighed by the durability and ease of maintenance of the material. Acrylic bench tops are also non-porous and resistant to stains. However, they are not heat or scratch resistant (although any damage is easily repaired). Acrylic bench tops are another great option for integrated sinks.

LAMINATES

Laminate is undoubtedly the most economical option when it comes to kitchen bench tops. Laminated bench tops, such as Laminex, Formica and Wilsonart, are generally made from plastic fused together with heat, pressure and an adhesive. This is then attached to a timber substrate, such as plywood or chipboard. Laminated bench tops are non-porous, heat resistant and scratch resistant. However they are prone to chipping and are difficult to repair once damaged.

HARDWOOD

Hardwood bench tops look fantastic in both modern and provincial homes and can provide real warmth to the kitchen area. Timber bench tops vary in price depending on the timber selected and the size of the slab. However, if a timber look is desired but your budget is tight, a bamboo bench top may be a more economic option.

POLISHED CONCRETE

Polished concrete bench tops look fantastic in contemporary and industrial-style homes. When it comes to designing your bench top, concrete allows for a wide scope of shapes and designs. However, while concrete is cheap in terms of the raw materials, more complex designs may end up costing more than a natural stone bench top. Be aware that concrete also suffers from cracking and chipping, particularly along the edges.

Polished concrete kitchen bench liked by Volpe Cabinet Making. Image courtesy Slab Bros.

STAINLESS STEEL

The price of a stainless steel bench top will vary considerably depending on the complexity of the design and the thickness of the steel. Stainless steel offers an ultra hygienic option that is heat resistant and non-porous. However, be aware that stainless steel will suffer from scratches and dents and can also become a noisy surface within the kitchen workspace.

Stainless Steel Bench top liked by Volpe Cabinet Making. Image courtesy S.J. Crosbie Stainless Steel NZ

For further information regarding kitchen bench tops or need help with kitchen design in Sydney, contact us.

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