If you’re considering having a new kitchen installed, something which will play a very large role in the appearance of it is the worktop. It not only has to fit your kitchen design, but also your budget and lifestyle. With so many options out there, how can you be sure that you’re going to get the best work surface for your kitchen? MLS Kitchens will work with you to help you install the worktop which will work for you. So, what are your options?
Acrylic surfaces are an affordable solution that can be formed into custom shapes, and with endless different appearances. It’s a bit like laminate flooring, with a core made of one material, and a hard wearing coating on top. Easy to clean and repair, versatile acrylic surfaces can be made to work with every type of kitchen.
A timeless favourite, granite comes with a natural shine. Because it’s a natural product, it has visible natural highlights, and this means every piece is unique. It’s an igneous rock, which means it’s the result of magma or lava cooling down.
When the melted rock cools to form the granite, it does so as tiny crystals. Because of this, there will be microscopic gaps between the crystals. Don’t worry though, these don’t make it defective; they’re entirely natural, and just add to the beauty of this natural stone.
Granite will need a polish to keep it at its best, and as it’s porous, it will require sealing to make it waterproof, but it is a hard wearing surface which will last for years.
Quartz is a hybrid surface – a mixture of natural granite and plastic resin. Usually it’s a mixture of 93% granite and 7% resins, giving you the natural beauty of granite with the practicality of an acrylic surface.
Unlike granite, quartz is not porous, and will not require sealing before use. It will have a sheen to it, just like quartz does, but as it’s a manufactured surface, it will have a very uniform finish, unlike the natural variations you’d get in granite.
The choice of the professional, more and more domestic customers are trying to recreate the look of the hard working industrial kitchen with stainless steel worktops, and why not? It’s really hard wearing, and has superb antibacterial qualities. While it does scratch easily, the matte surface just seems to add to its popularity.
Even if you’re not interested in a wholly stainless steel worktop, stainless steel can also be a great choice when combined with other materials in your kitchen, and makes a fabulous splashback or plinth. You can have the best of both worlds!
Whichever surface you choose, you can be sure that it will be skilfully installed by Manchester’s kitchen experts, MLS Kitchens.