Kitchen Worktop Materials

Worktops can be made from a range of materials with many different finishes, colours and effects. Kitchen worktop materials all have their advantages and disadvantages, varely hugely in price and differ in their resistance to heat etc.

See our table below for detailed information about the qualities of the 6 most commonly used worktop materials.

 

Glass

Granite

Engineered Stone/Quartz

Stainless Steel

Solid Surface (Examples: Corian, Wharf)

Laminate

Resistant to temperature up to 400°C without damage Resistant to temperature up to 200°C without damage Resistant to temperature up to 200°C without damage Heat resistant Resistant to temperature up to 100°C without damage Resistant to temperature up to 180°C without damage
Never stains Can stain, especially if light coloured Can slightly stain Can stain Can stain Can stain
Non-porous Porous Slightly porous Non-porous Non-porous Slightly porous
Can span 2.5 metres without support Can only span short lengths Can only span short lengths Can span long lengths Can only span short lengths Can span long lengths
Highly impact resistant Some colours can be fragile Moderately impact resistant Can dent Highly impact resistant Moderately impact resistant
Scratches can be polished out if needed Does not scratch easily –  forgiving of any scratches due to surface patterns Does not scratch easily –  forgiving of any scratches due to surface patterns Scratches are prominent scratches can be polished out if needed Scratches easily but can be polished out if needed Does not scratch easily (except high gloss finishes)
Chips can be repaired Chips can sometimes be repaired Chips can sometimes be repaired Cannot be repaired Chips can be repaired Cannot be repaired
Unlimited colours/patterns Limited colours Limited colours Only one colour Limited colours Limited colours
Very durable surface Durable surface Durable surface Durable surface Very durable Durable surface
Resistant to all domestic chemicals Can be damaged by acidic liquids such as lemon and vinegar Resistant to some chemicals Resistant to almost all chemicals Resistant to some chemicals Resistant to some chemicals
Expensive Moderately expensive Moderately expensive Very expensive Moderately expensive (highly dependent on brand) Very inexpensive
Modern appearance Natural appearance Granular appearance Industrial appearance Modern appearance Various appearance
Cold to touch Cold to touch Can be cold to touch Cold to touch Cold to touch Warm to touch
Very hygienic Moderately hygienic Hygienic Very hygienic Very hygienic Not very hygienic
Minimal Maintenance Minimal Maintenance Minimal Maintenance Need to polish out scratches Minimal Maintenance Minimal Maintenance
9mm-19mm thick 20mm or 30mm thick 20mm or 30mm thick Various thicknesses Various thicknesses 30mm and 40mm
Highly light reflective Slightly reflective Not very reflective Reflective until scratched Non reflective Non reflective (except gloss)

If you have any questions about these materials or would like to discuss which might be suitable for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.