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5 Benchtop Materials To Consider For Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the most used room in the house, and the benchtop is the central station of your kitchen. It’s the hardest-working surface in your kitchen, as people use it to prep, cook and clean for each day and night. So, it’s important to choose the right benchtop to meet your cooking style, maintenance needs and kitchen design. However, since there’s a range of materials that are good for different reasons, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Which can make the task of choosing a benchtop stressful rather than exciting.

To help make your decision a little easier, our kitchen renovation experts at DAMCO have created a list of 4 kitchen benchtop materials you should consider:

  • Engineered Stone:
    Engineered stone is a popular benchtop material for many kitchen renovations projects. It’s created from natural aggregates, organic pigments and raisins, and is a lot more affordable than the real stone. Due to its natural stone-like surface, engineered stone is easy to maintain and durable. Aside from this, the surface is resistant against heat, stain and scratches. Engineered stone also comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, which means you can choose a colour that will suit your taste and add interest to the kitchen.
  • Granite:Another popular benchtop material for the modern kitchen is Granite. Granite is one of the hardest benchtop materials that can withstand staining and scratching. Plus, granite benches are hygienic, easy to clean and maintain. Granite also comes in a variety of styles and colours, so you can choose something that will suit your kitchen design. The elegant material will withstand any situation and add class to your kitchen space.
  • Laminate:
    If you’re on a tight budget for your kitchen then laminate benchtops are your ideal choice. Laminate is the most affordable benchtop option and comes in a variety of colours, designs and patterns. This means you don’t have to compromise on style and you can get the look you’re after without the expensive tag. Aside from style, laminate benchtops are easy to maintain and are resistant to stains, impact and heat.
  • Timber:
    Timber benchtops are anything but old-fashioned and have made their way back into our kitchens. It mixes well with other materials, colours and styles and can bring a touch of warmth and texture to your kitchen. In comparison to other materials, timber does require some maintenance and isn’t scratch resistant. This means the timber will need to be sealed and maintained with oil regularly.
  • Stainless Steel:Stainless steel is mostly used in commercial kitchens but has now become popular in home kitchens. These benchtops are hygienic, easy to clean and durable. You can also place hot pots or trays on these benchtops as they are very resistant, and can even take the heat out of them. However, they will show scratches and dents. Despite this, stainless steel can be welded in and then polished smooth, which can make for a beautiful luxury finish.

The function, colour and finish of benchtops is an important aspect of kitchen design and shouldn’t be overlooked. However, with so many different materials and benefits, the decision can be difficult. But there’s no need to worry, as our kitchen renovation specialists are here to help! With our extensive experience, the team here at DAMCO Kitchens will help you choose the right benchtop for your kitchen and turn your idea into a dream design. To learn more about kitchen benchtops, reach out to our team on (03) 9855 2310 or email us on