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Kitchen worktops

Kitchen worktops

An overview of materials for kitchen worktops

Are you wondering about suitable materials for kitchen worktops? There are different types to choose from. The choice may not be easy however, because they differ in appearance, type of finish, technical parameters and the way they should be cared for and these factors influence the durability of the worktop and comfort of use. In order to make it easier for you, we decided to prepare an overview of the most popular materials from which kitchen worktops are produced.

Materials for kitchen worktops available on the market:

  • Laminate (postforming) – is one of cheapest materials. Unfortunately its durability is not very high and the same thing pertains to its resistance to mechanical damage. However, it should be noted, that it is available in wide range of colours, is stain proof and handles cleaning agents and exposure to high temperatures quite well. Unfortunately it has to be protected from scratches and its edges should also be protected from water exposure, because the water can penetrate the material and cause ugly bulges.
  • Wood – wooden kitchen worktops are beautiful and elegant but their resistance to harmful factors leaves a lot to be desired. The must be protected from high temperature, UV radiation and moisture. Unfortunately they are quite soft, so scratches and dents easily appear on their surface. A sharp knife, little power and the worktop may be destroyed! If you decide to buy such worktop, buy glued laminated timber, which will not become warped during contact with water. Make sure it has been well impregnated. A protective layer of varnish will make it impossible for the dirt and liquids to penetrate the structure of wood.
  • Metal – kitchen worktops made of metal work well in modern, loft-style interiors. Most often they are produced from aluminium or stainless steel. Their durability and resistance is satisfactory. They are hygienic, easy to keep clean and resistant to permanent stains. Water, high temperature or cleaning agents with acidic pH cause them no harm.
  • Glass – it is durable and attractive. It can have different types of finish and it can also be decorated. The surface is ideally smooth, so it is easy to keep clean. It is resistant to stains, but it is not resistant to impact – it cracks quite easily. Contact with sharp objects may effect in ugly scratches.
  • Natural stone – is noble, elegant, with incredible durability and resistance, especially once impregnated. It is expensive but it is worth its price. It is resistant to wear, it is very hard to scratch and permanently damage it. Fire, high temperature or water do not change its properties. The only thing you should remember if you decide for a stone kitchen worktop is to care for it with special cleaning agents, immediately remove coffee, wine or beetroot stains and limit the contact with acids.

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Worktop assembly

Worktop assembly

Worktop assembly and cupboards’ preparation for installation

Natural stone is elegant and durable material that is perfect for making kitchen worktops. It is durable, resistant to mechanical damage and high temperature effects. What is more, its universality makes it fit every interior design. It is extremely easy to be kept clean and the only problems one can encounter are the ones connected to its installation. Obviously, they can be dealt with too! In this article we describe how to install the worktop and how to prepare cupboards for this process.

Installation of kitchen worktop has to be preceded with doing some activities that will guarantee the final result really excellent. Moving the back of the cupboards to the wall and their leveling is highly advised. Naturally, all the furniture has to be placed in the target spot and not moved after the measurements are completed. Why? Because setting them differently may cause inaccuracies to occur in our measurements and it will become much harder to adjust the worktop perfectly. It should be added that additional strengthening of cupboards is not necessary. If the furniture trunks are not empty, then it should have no problem sustaining worktop’s weight. However, if they are not strong enough, then out of boards a proper chassis needs to be made. It is sufficient enough to screw long and thick boards to the places where the worktop will be attached (they should be wider than the boards that served to make trunks and fronts and should not stick out). Obviously, the surface that the worktop is going to be attached should be perfectly level, so if there is any unevenness present, then it should be removed.

Stone worktop may be installed in many ways, however we will focus on the three most commonly practiced.

Worktop is to be attached to every corner, both external and internal. One needs to keep in mind that fixings cannot be placed further than 10 cm from worktop’s edge and spaces between them cannot be smaller than 1 m.

Worktop may also be attached to the base made of fireboard, chipboard or veneer that is 15-25 mm thick and 15×15 cm wide. To its installation one may use perforated angles together with screws, and when the base is stable, worktop can be attached using very strong assembly adhesive.

Stone worktop may also be attached to already existing base surface, but it needs to be evened and cleaned for the selected silicon glue to bind both materials well.

Which way you go comes down only to you and your preferences.

We just want to say that every single one of suggested solutions guarantees truly gratifying effect!