Kitchen Worktop & Counter Design Ideas in Dartmouth & South Devon
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Choosing the right kitchen counter
In any new kitchen, a key design feature you will need to consider is your work surfaces. Choosing the right material can be a daunting task and it’s not always clear which is the most suitable choice. With all of our design and installation projects we arrange a consultation to make sure that your counter top compliments the rest of your kitchen. We also advise that you come visit our Dartmouth Showroom to see the types of work surfaces and counters on display.
The primary purpose of a kitchen worktop is to provide a hygienic and durable surface upon which to prepare food. Nowadays however, home owners often use their kitchens as informal dining areas, and seek surfaces that are attractive as well as practical. Here are some of the more popular surfaces and the advantages of these materials.
Wooden Kitchen Counters
Wood is an attractive material that gives the kitchen a traditional feel. Although hygienic, wood requires routine treating with natural oils to maintain its resistance to water. Resting hot pans and vessels on trivets will protect the surface from heat marking.
Stone Kitchen Counters
Natural stone can be one of the most expensive counter top materials due to its durability and beauty. Every piece has a unique colour and pattern as well as a great history. In kitchens, it is hygienic solution that is protected against heat marking thanks to trivets. Laminate boards are readily available and are made available in many colours, are also hygienic and durable, but less resistant to heat and scratching.
Glass Kitchen Counters
Toughened glass is a very beautiful surface in any kitchen. Made in many colours, it is resistant to acids and staining, and can withstand temperatures of up to 400 degrees Celsius. It can scratch over time, but small shallow marks can be polished out.
Stainless Steel Kitchen Counters
Stainless steel has always been popular for use in sinks and in commercial catering installations. However, the material is being used increasingly in domestic kitchens. The stainless steel worktop is easy to template and install, and when bonded to a layer of MDF, it is hygienic and absolutely heat resistant. It shines up beautifully and fits into any contemporary kitchen.
Corian Kitchen Counters
Corian, a blend of acrylic and natural minerals, is an ideal material but it does require installation by specialist fitters. Corian worktop sections bond together seamlessly with special matching resins. Resistant to heat and scratches, the material is made in over 100 colours, and bends and moulds to fit any area.
Bespoke counters are often the only solution in a kitchen that is small or irregular in shape, so choosing the material is vital considering the cost and frequency of replacement.