How To Update Your Kitchen Benchtop

Date:  July 3, 2018


Categories:  Kitchen Facelift, Painting, Renovating, Tips

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How To Update Your Kitchen Benchtop

Replacing the kitchen benchtop can make a dramatic difference to the look of your kitchen. The kitchen benchtop is always visible and thus one of the most recognisable features. Choosing the right material is key for both your budget and your kitchen design. To help you with one of the biggest decisions of your kitchen renovation, we created this easy overview of materials and their stand-out features.


Timber is a very versatile material that is available in almost every shape and size. If you want a cozy live-in kitchen a kitchen benchtop made out of timber is your first choice. Timber has this warm feel to it and as a natural material – it has just become super trendy again. Due to its nature and the way it can absorb moisture, timber can be quite prone to stains and scratching. It is, however, relatively easy to maintain, requiring a bit of sanding and resealing every so often.


Laminate has been the benchtop material of choice for the past decades. It owes its popularity to an incredibly low price. Laminate kitchen benchtops – often known under the brand names of Polytec and Laminex , come in a sheer endless range of colours and thicknesses, are quite long-lasting, scratch and heat resistant and hence easy to maintain. However they are not known to add that special or luxury touch to your kitchen.


Acrylic benchtops are a great alternative for those that have long kitchen counters benches as their joints aren’t visible. They are easy to maintain, crack and heat resistant too. However they can come with a hefty price tag and some don’t see why they would fork out as much for an acrylic benchtop as for a granite counter.


Stone or quartz benchtops are another popular choice for contemporary kitchens. Did you know it has become quite affordable too? Engineered stone, often referred to with the brand names­­­ Silestone, Essastone, Cesarstone, is heat, scratch and impact resistance and simply gives you that contemporary look.


Granite is probably the sturdiest benchtop material, however it is not a cheap option. Benchtops made out of granite are available in a wide range of colours and patterns and are fully sealed when installed. To assure it stays in perfect nick it does not require heaps of maintenance either – but a reseal every couple of years would be a good idea to avoid it picking up stains.


Quality surfaces are paramount if you cook a lot. The material you choose can either make or break your design, and with so many different colours, textures, and materials to choose from. If you are unsure about what material to choose, maybe make your own ranking and list the pro and cons. If you love a stunning granite benchtop, but can’t fork out that much money – engineered stone might be just the right deal for you adding style but being affordable too.

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