The kitchen benchtop is a critical component of any kitchen renovation. Your benchtop will be the most used surface in your kitchen so it needs to be practical but also aesthetically tie together your kitchen design.
So with a range of kitchen benchtop options now available to renovators, which is the best material to choose from?
In our kitchen design predictions for 2017, we suspected that the humble laminate Benchtop would make a return. Brands such as Laminex Australia have invested heavily in improving the look and feel of their laminate solutions meaning there is a great range of budget friendly kitchen benchtops now readily available.
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Engineered stone surfaces, such as Caesarstone, not only look great but are extremely versatile. Due to the composition of engineered stone, these types of benchtops are generally quite resilient, can be ordered to shape and size and come in a stunning range of colours and designs.
From marble looks to concrete inspired designs, engineered stone will allow you to get the designer look that you want at a fraction of the cost.
Pictured: Caesarstone benchtop in Nougat
Consisting of a blend of natural minerals and acrylic, solid surface kitchen benchtops are non-porous and provide a durable finish. Solid surface finishes are easy to clean and scratch resistant.
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We just love the look of timber benchtops but some carefully kitchen design needs to be applied with these benchtops. It is best to apply timber to low moisture areas and look for a timber that is coated to protect from stains, moisture and heat.