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It’s not always an easy decision to choose a new surface for your kitchen. Most often, this is going to come down to your choice of worktops, and maybe a cheeky kitchen island while you’re at it. There are lots of tempting options on the market – granite, solid wood and laminate amongst them. But the question is, which is best for your lifestyle?
Granite and quartz are popular choices for many homeowners, especially childless couples or people who live alone. They have that undeniable glamour about them, and they’re available in a stunning range of colours. However, those in family homes or busy environments might want to think twice about expensive stone materials, as they can easily become chipped. Stainless steel can have similar issues – those its aesthetics are fantastic, even a single scratch can ruin the clean effect entirely. Laminate worktops are an excellent alternative – they’re cost effective and extremely durable. What’s more, they’re available in a huge range of colours and finishes, so that you can get the look without having to worry about potentially expensive repairs.
This is a major concern for anyone, children or not. A kitchen worktop that’s not clean isn’t fit to place food on – which, well, sort of defeats the point, really. Along with stone variants, wood worktops are another popular option, and we even stock a few here at Savoy Timber. But although it’s undeniably pleasing to the eye, keeping wood worktops clean can sometimes be a bit of a pain – if water soaks too far into the wood unnoticed, it can permanently stain the worktop, which might even require sanding to properly get rid of.
Laminate worktops, on the other hand, are famed for being simple and easy to clean, and you don’t have to worry about limiting yourself to certain types of cloth or scrubbing too furiously. The latter can sometimes feel particularly counter-intuitive if you’re trying to keep something clean!
We won’t beat around the bush – the look of your worktops basically dictates the overall style of your kitchen, so it’s definitely something you’ll want to pay attention to. A contemporary worktop, for example, can provide the final definition to a contemporary-styled kitchen, while a rich wood-look laminate worktop adds a cosier feel to even the most sprawling of spaces. When you’re making a final decision on the surfaces you want in your kitchen, style is always something to bear in mind.
If you’re still looking for inspiration or having trouble making your mind up, you’ll be happy to hear that we’re always around to help at Savoy Timber. Just pop into any one of our stores in Blackburn, Wigan or Preston to see any of our laminate worktops in the flesh, and feel free to ask any questions you might have to one of our friendly members of staff. That’s what we’re here for!
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