You will learn that there are many options when it comes to choosing a bench top for your kitchen renovation. Every option has its advantages and disadvantages that vary in durability, appearance, and affordability. Below is a brief overview of each bench top, stating the pros and cons of each option.
A granite bench top is available in several beautiful colours and is known for its durability as it can withstand hot pans and is relatively scratch resistant. Customers that prefer the appearance of natural stone can expect this bench top to be long lasting as the material is one of the hardest available – with some care, they can also expect it to look good for years to come.
However, the bench will require regular resealing as the material is porous and thereby susceptible to the passing of liquid and air. Granite bench tops are also admittedly expensive as a result of the quality in the material, as well as the labor needed to construct them. You will however find that they are cheaper than solid stone, and roughly the same price as engineered stone.
Engineered stone is a material made of crushed stone that is held together by polymer resin. The materials are made in slabs and often cut, polished, and arranged entirely on the work site. The engineered stone bench top became very popular very quickly due to its favored appearance; allowing a generous variety of colour and patterns.
The only actual disadvantage with an engineered stone bench top is the fact that it’s expensive, but with the material’s durability preventing scratches or any need for resealing, most customers would argue that it is worth the price.
This is one of the most expensive materials purely because it is beautiful and has appealed to many buyers. However, this material is neither scratch nor stain resistant and is also sensitive to certain cleaners and acidic foods. It also requires resealing. In order to have longer lasting beauty, most customers prefer to have marble surfaces in the bathroom rather than the kitchen.
The laminate bench top is the cheapest option and is popular among customers that are on a budget. There are plenty of colours to choose from and it is easy to maintain. Do note however, that the material is susceptible to burns, cuts, scratches, and often won’t be able to support an under mount sink – so forget about chopping vegetables or resting anything too hot on the surface, or even using abrasive cleaners.
Renovators say that laminate bench tops are a mission to install, and if there is a pocket of liquid embedded somewhere in the surface, the structure of the bench top will gradually sag and deteriorate.
in a commercial setting, it is most suitable to have stainless steel bench tops for hygiene purposes. They are easy to clean, they’re hard-wearing, and can withstand hot pans. Restaurant owners would be pleased to know that stainless steel bench tops can be manufactured to hold integral sinks and draining boards.
Clearly in a commercial setting, owners would not care so much for scratches, fingerprints, and dents being seen on the surface, but they should be wary of any abrasive cleaners. As far as being known to be expensive, the price will vary depending on the thickness of the steel. Otherwise, this type of bench top is chosen specifically for its performance, not appearance.
a solid-surface bench top is made of a solid plastic block, providing a consistency between the patterns and colours. Certain brands allow the material to appear like granite or marble. While considerably expensive, it is neither scratch nor heat resistant. However, the material is hygienic, easy to repair, resistant to stains, and does not show any visible joins. Customers also have the option to create draining boards and integral sinks.
these bench tops are perhaps the most unpopular option for fairly understandable reasons. Though they are strong and long-lasting, they are neither heat nor scratch resistant and require regular re-sealing. The cost varies on the type of timber you choose.