Worktop Guidance 

Your kitchen is the heart of your home and 
kitchen worktops have become increasingly important as they are the focal point of this living area, and  transform your kitchen from  functional space to a beautiful and luxurious living space
With new stone, quartz, timber or solid surface worktops fitted onto existing kitchen cabinets or into a new kitchen you can give even the most modest kitchen a true Wow factor.

From the point you decide you are going to change or replace your kitchen you should start to consider what type of worksurface you want. 
To help you with this decision we have given you a brief description of the types of worktops available which we specialise in lovingly manufacturing and installing.

Quartz 
Quartz
is by far the most popular worksurface on the market at this present time. Quartz offers style, variety, strength, and practicality. There are many manufacturers and types of quartz surfaces which means there is a product that will suit most budgets. It is non-porous, is easy to maintain and resistant to chipping and scratching. Most household cleaners can be used, though we do recommend detergent or ‘Barkeepers Friend’. Quartz 

Solid Surfaces
Most people call this Corian as it is the name synonymous to all types of solid surface.  Dupont created this product over 50 years ago and called the material Corian, it is by far the most versatile material of all surfaces that are available. Solid surface allows for inconspicuous seamless joints,moulded in sinks, moulded in upstands, curves, thermoforming shapes, extra wide or long islands and it is infinitely repairable. The joints are inconspicuous and seamless making it difficult at a glance to see where the joins are in the surface. Most household cleaners can be used and Corian sinks can be cleaned easily with bleach. There are a whole range and styles of colours available and we will be able to advise you of the best ones for your particular usage as some prone to showing scratches more than others   

Solid Timber  
Probably the least expensive way of adding quality and style to a kitchen. However, the timber will need regular maintenance and can be prone to staining especially in the wet areas around a sink. It has gained popularity most recently with many kitchen designers, where timber is used on areas such as islands and peninsular to soften the look of the kitchen and add a warm texture to the design. 

Solid Timber  
Probably the least expensive way of adding quality and style to a kitchen. However, the timber will need regular maintenance and can be prone to staining especially in the wet areas around a sink. It has gained popularity most recently with many kitchen designers, where timber is used on areas such as islands and peninsular to soften the look of the kitchen and add a warm texture to the design. 

Semi-solid surfaces 
These are a combination of laminate and solid surface. It is chipboard covered in a thin layer of the solid surface. It has all the benefits of solid surface worktops and can be cost-effective in some scenarios. Depending on the manufacturer, the thickness of the solid surface varies from 3mm to 6mm. It comes in plank form so can be assembled on site.
Overlays 
This is sold as an inexpensive way of upgrading worktops to look like new high-end quartz tops. The kitchens need to be very simple in design to make it more viable than fitting a new solid quartz surface. This type of surface relies on the existing surface being in good condition and that you use an inset sink. This type of top should be considered with caution as is relies on the substrate and is rarely as cheap as it may seem.

Granite 
Granite is still a popular worksurface. A few years ago it was the most popular material after Laminate. Natural granite has its own natural beauty, with many stunning colours and styles but it does come with a few drawbacks. It is porous, fragile and prone to chipping and is inconsistent from one piece of stone to another even when slabs are cut from the same block. When we make your kitchen it has to go through many processes which can weaken the stone which cannot be picked up. The lighter colours show lemon and red wine stains. Many household chemicals have a detrimental effect on the surface.  Granite cannot be burnt but we have seen many instances where hot pans have burnt the chemicals used to seal the granite and this cannot be repaired.

Marble
T
his is a beautiful soft natural stone often translucent with a huge variety of colours and textures. Although beautiful it is, like granite, prone to staining with wine lemon and lanolin and household cleaners so in many applications it is impractical.

Ultra-compact sintered surfaces
Recently introduced to the market by a small number of composite stone manufacturers This type of product (Dekton, Lapitec, Ceramica to name but a few) are being heralded as a surface that is better than the competition.  It is promoted as being highly scratch resistant as it has an extremely hard surface. 
Our own experience is that in most cases it appears overly brittle and is easily chipped. The fabrication costs are higher than all other surfaces due to the extremely high tooling and time it takes to fabricate. The claims being made are that it is better than all that has come before but we believe that until the material and tooling have been fully developed and proven we are not actively promoting this product.