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Worksurfaces - So Many How Do You Decide?

When it comes to work surfaces, there are so many you can choose from. Granite, quartz, porcelain, glass, concrete, corian, wood, stainless steel, how do you decide which one to go for?

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When it comes to worksurfaces, you need to ask yourself some critical questions of how you need a kitchen countertop to perform. For example, a cooking enthusiast will need a more robust worktop to someone who orders take out most nights. Budget is a big aspect and worktops can vary quite massively. If you want a natural stone like marble, this is going to be a lot more expensive than a porcelain worksurface. Is there a need for heat resistance? Are you someone who requires a low maintenance worksurface, or do you know that you will look after your surface with complete care? What colours and textures do you want?

Here, we will list through the different surfaces labelling the pros and cons for each, as well as maybe introduce you to some surfaces you may have not heard of.

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Granite

Granite was probably the most popular worksurface five years ago. However, recently with the creation of man-made stones, different types of stone have overtaken granite and become a lot more popular.

Pros:

Granite is very heat resistant and strong enough to take the heat and not crack.

Granite is known as a hygienic material to have in the home, as well as being super easy to wipe down and clean.

Con:

If granite gets cracked, it is not like corian where you can go over the crack and fill it. Granite, like any natural stone, is unfixable once it cracks.

Because it is a natural stone, the stone is porous which means stains can occur, and it should be sealed at least every two years.

Glass

Glass surfaces are not the most popular and are a required taste but people do buy them because they do have a lot of benefits.

Pro:

Glass is both durable to heat and water, non-porous and does not allow the build up of stains and mould making glass hygienic.

Cons:

Although very strong, glass surfaces can still crack if excessive weight is placed on it. With glass, it is a more personal preference whether you like it or not.