Choosing the Right Kitchen Benchtop: Materials to Consider
When renovating your kitchen you want to make sure you’re choosing the right material for your kitchen benchtops. What is the most durable? What is easy to clean? What works best with your kitchen cabinets? At Damco Kitchens, we can help you find the right fit for your kitchen renovation in Melbourne. We have a wide range of materials to suit all budgets and styles of kitchens with only the best high quality products.
Let’s break down some of the benchtop material options you have and help you find the right one:
Engineered Stone Benchtops
This is one of the most popular options around. Engineered stone benchtops are made using natural materials such as quartz or granite, marble dust, or glass chips mixed with resins. The most common type you’ll find is Quartz benchtops. It is very durable and resists scratching. Engineered stone is also stain resistant making it easy to clean, but not entirely stain proof, so make sure to clean up spills of red wine or turmeric quickly to avoid leaving a lasting mark. The non-porous finish means it doesn’t have to be sealed and doesn’t require any ongoing maintenance. There is a wide variety of styles to choose from. Opt for a solid colour, or add in flecks to mimic more natural-like stone, or even look into more artistic styles.
A classic choice! It’s sophisticated and delicate. Marble is a natural stone that is used commonly for both benchtops and splashbacks. It comes in many different patterns and each one is unique. Be prepared for a lot of upkeep though. Marble, while gorgeous, is quite porous. Be sure to clean up spills quickly and keep acidic foods off its surface.
Granite can withstand anything you throw at it. It’s incredibly durable and once sealed it is stain resistant. Simple to clean, warm water and soap is perfectly fine on it. There’s a huge variety of colours and styles to choose from. Each granite slab being completely unique as no two is the same, but also for this reason, you will also have visible joins.
A perfect budget friendly option! Laminate has the widest range of colours and designs that imitates it’s more expensive counterparts. It is made from layers of paper over chipboard, ply, or MDF board and is then coated in a clear layer of melamine. Laminate is very stain resistant, making it super easy to clean. Always remember to use a cutting board while preparing food and keep extreme hot pots and pans off its surface as it can be susceptible to scratching and scorching. Laminate is an effective, long lasting, affordable solution.
A great environmentally friendly material! Timber benchtops bring warmth, character, and a unique look to your kitchen. You can choose to go lighter with yellowish colours or darker with dark walnut types of colours. It can also improve with age. Timber needs to be coated with polyurethane or food-safe oil to protect it from elements in the kitchen. It is prone to scratching and scorching, so the coating will need to be reapplied every year or so or to repair any damage.
Solid Surface Benchtops
Perfect for outdoor kitchens! Solid Surface benchtops are an acrylic resin that has a filler of alumina. It’s UV resistant, making it fantastic for outdoor use. There are no joins or seams, making it look like one big slab of stone. Your sink can also be moulded into the benchtop, continuing that seamless design and making sure there’s nowhere for grime to collect. Super easy to clean and stains can be removed easily. Part of the surface can be repaired by a professional without having to replace the whole benchtop. For a little extra something, you can also backlight it through the translucent material.
Stainless Steel Benchtops
This material is perfect for chefs. It is heat resistant, durable, and hygienic, making it the perfect reason why it’s used predominately in restaurant kitchens. Stainless steel can also be integrated with sinks, splashbacks, and feature shelves making sure there are no cracks for grime to collect in. Choose a higher grade, thicker stainless steel and you can have it looking brand new every five to ten years with a repolish.
Polished Concrete Benchtops
Durable and heavy, polished concrete benchtops are formed and poured on site. You will need to consider your floor’s structural work to see if additional subfloor work will need to be done to support the material. Perfect if you like a raw finish, it will need to be sealed before use. You can customise the colour by tinting the mix and choosing what suits your kitchen.
Durable, versatile and affordable, porcelain benchtops can withstand high heat, are scratch and stain resistant, and can be used outdoors. They are made from powdered clay and coloured pigments bonded together at a very high temperature. Porcelain can also be printed with textures mimicking its more expensive competitors. Its heat resistance makes it perfect to use around cooktops. Do take into account its heavy weight as you will need to assess whether your kitchen cabinets can take the weight.
Damco Kitchens can help you find the perfect material for your Kitchen Benchtop
Whether you’re after something hardy that will stand the test of time or after a classic and delicate look, Damco Kitchens can help you make the right choice when choosing your benchtops during renovate your kitchen in Melbourne. Give our team a call on (03) 9544 0210 to begin exploring our range.