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guide to kitchen worktops

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guide to kitchen worktops
You've chosen your kitchen cabinets and appliances, but
what about the worktop?

Worktops have a big impact on the look and feel of a kitchen, adding texture and colour. But how do you decide what's right for you?

Let us help you...
practicality of worktops

You will see from this guide that
each type of worktop material has
different properties.

So before you make a final decision, consider whether you need you new worktop to be:

• easy to clean and maintain?
• heat resistant?
• stain resistant?
• durable?

And, is it within your budget?
ch your lifestyle?
In this guide we will look at the most common materials used for worktops:

• granite
• composite stone (quartz)
• marble
• acrylic solid surface
• wood
• glass
• stainless steel
• laminate.

Bamboo is becoming
increasingly popular.




types of worktop
Laminate is a durable and affordable worktop that's easy to clean.

It is heat resistant up to 180°C and does not scratch easily.

Highly practical, laminate is available in a large range of attractive colours and finishes.
laminate
Let's not forget laminate!
Enduringly popular, laminate is a hard-working worktop that's
easy to clean and won't break the bank.

It is heatproof up to 180°C and
does not scratch easily

Laminate is available in a vast range of attractive colours and finishes, many of which have the appearance of more expensive materials.


laminate
Wooden worktops give a warm, natural feel to your kitchen. They are available in a wide range of tones, styles and grains and have natural anti-bacterial properties.

They can stain or blacken (particularly if fitted around the sink). The worktops can be sanded to remove minor stains and need oiling twice a year to reseal.

Use trivets to protect from heat.


wood
This Second Nature Milton painted kitchen combines Rustic Oak and Emerald Black granite worktops to great effect
This Second Nature Langham Painted kitchen features Emerald Black granite worktops.
Granite is one of the hardest natural
products on earth. Cool to the touch and incredibly stylish, natural granite is a
hard-wearing and durable surface.

It is heat, stain and scratch resistant and,
when polished, retains a high gloss finish.

Formed by the cooling of lava or magma, granite is sourced from around the world. Granite worktops can be supplied in pink, grey, brown and black, with many tonal variations. Black and star galaxy are very popular.

Each piece is absolutely unique.
granite
Your kitchen will be templated for
the granite worktop and will be supplied with sink cut-outs and tap holes.

You can also choose to have:
• drainer grooves
• recessed drainer area
• upstands
• backsplashes
• window sills

Edges can be chamfered, bull-nose,
half-bull or pencil round.

Granite looks stunning and
will last a lifetime.


granite
This Second Nature Milbourne Oak kitchen features Labrador Emerald Pearl granite and oak worktops.
Granite is one of the hardest natural
prdocts on earth. Cool to the touch and incredibly stylish, natural granite is a hard-wearing and durable surface.

It is heat, stain and scratch resistant and, when polished, retains a high gloss finish.

Formed by the cooling of lava or magma, granite is sourced from around the world. Granite worktops can be supplied in pink, grey, brown and black, with many tonal variations. Black and start galaxy are very popular.

Each piece is absolutely unique.
quartz
Your kitchen will be templated for
the granite worktop and will be supplied with sink cut-outs and tap holes.

You can also choose to have:
• drainer grooves
• recessed drainer area
• upstands
• backsplashes
• window sills

Edges can be chamfered, bull-nose,
half-bull or pencil round.

Granite looks stunning and will
last a lifetime.


quartz
Granite is one of the hardest natural
prdocts on earth. Cool to the touch and incredibly stylish, natural granite is a hard-wearing and durable surface.

It is heat, stain and scratch resistant and, when polished, retains a high gloss finish.

Formed by the cooling of lava or magma, granite is sourced from around the world. Granite worktops can be supplied in pink, grey, brown and black, with many tonal variations. Black and start galaxy are very popular.

Each piece is absolutely unique.
granite


Quartz worktops (composite stone) are tough and practical. They are very popular as they are highly heat resistant, scratch resistant and impervious to liquid.

What's more, they are generally
less expensive than granite!

Quartz is the hardest mineral next to precious stones. Pure quartz is transparent, but is mixed with resin, colouring agents and sometimes glass to create beautiful patterns and colours.


This Second Nature Porter White kitchen features Gris Expo quartz and rubberwood worktops.
This 1909 Half Pencil and Scalloped kitchen features Carrera and Grigio Carnico marble combined with natural maple wood.
Marble has a classic, timeless beauty.

It is naturally cool to the touch, so if you love working with pastry, this is the surface for you!

Marble scratches and stains easily, so you must use boards for food preparation and avoid spillages. You need to be prepared for your worktop to become a bit scratched up and develop a patina over the years.

If you love marble, why not consider combining it with wood or another surface?

marble
solid surface

Solid surface worktops are made from acrylic.

They are incredibly versatile, durable
and hygenic.

You may have heard of some of the manufacturers of solid surface worktops, such as
Corian and Hanex,
solid surface

Solid surface ia a wonderful material that can be moulded into virtually any shape. It is jointed almost seamlessly, with no nooks and crannies, so your worktop will be incredibly hygenic.

Available in vast range of colours
and patterns, you could have a
granite or marble effect without
blowing the budget!
This Second Nature Porter Alabaster kitchen
features solid surface Blanco Maple and European Walnut natural wood worktops.
Marble has a classic, timeless beauty.

It is naturally cool to the touch, so if you love working with pastry, this is the surface for you.

Marble scratches easily so you must use boards for food preparation and avoid spillages. You need to be prepared for your worktop to become a bit scratched up and develop a patina over the years.

If you love marble, why not consider combining it with wood or another surface to add practicality..


This 1909 Half Pencil and Scalloped kitchen features Carrera and Ginio Carnico marble and maple natural wood worktops
Marble

Mable has a classic, timeless beauty.

It is naturally cool to the touch, so if you love working with pastry, this is the surface for you.

Marble scratches easily so you must use boards for food preparation and avoid spillages. You need to be prepared for your worktop to become a bit scratched up and develop a patina over the years.

If you love marble, why not consider combining it with wood or another surface?



Granite
Composite Stone
Marble
Solid Surface
Wood
Glass
glass

Glass worktops are very modern and chic.

They reflect light and create an illusion of space.

They are heat and water resistant
and very durable.

Choose from literally any colour and add special finishes if desired, such as rainbow sparkle.

All required cut-outs are included, such as hobs, taps and drainer grooves.

Glass needs cleaning frequently to remove smudges.

glass

If you only wish to feature one element of glass in your new kitchen, why not add a glass breakfast bar to your workspace?


glass

Add real impact with a bright splashback or upstand to give a striking look to your new kitchen.
Stainless Steel
stainless steel

If you are into cooking and like an industrial look, then stainless steel is perfect for you.

The worktops are waterproof, heat-resistant and very hygienic.
They can be polished, matt or sandblasted.
stainless steel

Worktops can be tailored to suit exact requirements, without seams or joins.

Stainless steel can scratch, so use chopping boards or let it develop a well-used look!

Available in any size, stainless steel worktops look great and
are highly practical

Glass makes this kitchen look
stunning and thoroughly modern.

The glass is produced and installed by
Southern Counties Glass.
Still can't make a final decision?
Think about combining more than one type of surface.
It's a practical option and adds personality to your new kitchen.

We can give you further advice and provide samples of worktops to help you find the worktop that is perfect for you.

Just give us a call.


This guide was created by Kathy Burgess from

Burgess Kitchens

Ltd

www.burgesskitchens.co.uk

All the granite, composite stone, marble, solid surface and wooden worktops featured are from
Second Nature
and
1909
kitchen ranges.

Glass worktops are from
Southern Counties Glass
www.southerncountiesglass.co.uk

Stainless steel worktops are from
GEC Anderson Limited
www.gecanderson.co.uk

Music by Chris Zabriskie Prelude No 4

Thank you for watching.
Quartz
This kitchen is cool in colour and incredibly chic.

It features stainless steel
by GEC Anderson Limited.
quartz
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