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 Kitchen Worktops

 

We all know that there are plenty of options out there when choosing a worktop for your kitchen.  The main thing to take into consideration is budget.  Choosing a worktop like granite, quartz, solid surfaces, stainless steel or glass is going to take a large chunk out of your overall budget but they offer so much flexibility in design and are very hardwearing.  If any of these are not an option then don't worry, there is a worktop out there to suit every budget.  The likes of laminate worktops are very inexpensive and with constant innovation, new styles and colours are coming to market to keep up with all the latest trends.  Whatever you choose remember that picking the right worktop can really enhance the overall look of your kitchen. The following are a selection of worktops available to you and of course you will find suppliers in our worktop directory:


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 Granite Granite Kitchen Worktops: 
          
Granite has been the most popular worktop used in Ireland due to its durability and sleek look. With many colours of stone to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect granite to complement and enhance your kitchen. Thicknesses are usually 30-40mm but by using a facing piece a thickness of 80-100mm can be achieved for a contemporary look.
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If you’re looking for a contemporary finish to your kitchen, then quartz stone may be the perfect solution. It is a man made material produced using a resin to bond the stone together, making it a strong and robust worktop. Made up of metamorphosed sandstone, its many benefits include being non-porous and scratch, stain and bacteria resistant.  It is also available in many different colours and textures.
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If you want to add warmth to your kitchen, then timber can be a beautiful solution. Timbers available include Iroko, Oak, Cherry, Beech, Walnut and Wenge. However, if you choose to use timber worktops, you must be prepared to maintain it. By adding protective oil about every three months, you will ensure you get the most from your worksurface.
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Surfaces like Corian, LG Hi-Macs and Silestone offer many benefits. If you’re looking for flexibility in your design then these acrylic surfaces are ideal. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can probably do it! Once fitted, no joints will be visible and sinks and upstands can be integrated with ease making it easy to maintain.
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The use of stainless steel worksurfaces has increased in recent years due to the increase in popularity of cutting edge contemporary design. Although expensive, it has many advantages including being heat resistant and extremely hygienic. The beauty of it is that sinks can be moulded seamlessly into the worktop meaning you will have no joints and no areas for dirt to gather. One downside is that you may find yourself polishing it on a daily basis to remove streaks and water stains.
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With glass being glossy, sleek and hardwearing, it can add a wonderful effect to any kitchen. Being available in any colour, it can also be used as a very effective backsplash.  Although it can add a stunning effect to any kitchen, there are a few things to consider befor you choose glass as your countertop.  Any corners are better off with a slight radius to make it safer for kids.  Like stainless steel, be prepared to buff it regularly to get rid of water stains and streaks.
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Concrete worktops are becoming more popular because of the flexibility in design. Pretty much any shape can be moulded and the beauty is that various particles, such as crushed glass, can be added to give a unique look. It can also be finished with various textured finishes and pigments making it extremely versatile for contemporary and classic looks alike.
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Laminate worktops are traditionally very popular in kitchens. The main reasons for this are that they are largely inexpensive and there is a huge range of colours to choose from. However they are not as durable as other surfaces and not as flexible in application and design. In saying that, manufacturers of laminate worktops are constantly bringing out new products and styles to match current trends.  Upstands and backsplashes are also available to add that finishing touch to your kitchen.
 
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