Choosing a Kitchen Worktop
Kitchen worktops are one of the key elements that will bring your new kitchen together. Choosing the correct colour, material and finish can be a hard decision to make and whatever you choose needs to fit into your lifestyle and the way you use your kitchen.
Durability and low maintenance are often high up on the list of must haves for a kitchen worktop but style also needs to be considered. Here at Hawk K&B there are various worktop styles that we use to provide a solution to meet these expectations.
Our most popular choice of worktop is Silestone. Made of 94% natural quartz, it is extremely hard and resilient, making it excellent for kitchen worktops. The non-porous surface means it’s highly resistant to kitchen spills and stains and won’t allow any bacteria to grow.
The addition of small amounts of glass allows Silestone to come in more than 90 different colours and with three different textured finishes; it gives a refined and polished look to any new kitchen.
You can also cover not only worktops but also floors, walls or the front or downstand of your worktop with absolutely no joins, creating a beautifully seamless appearance. The addition of built in integrity sinks this year has added even more appeal to those wanting complete continuity in their kitchen.
Another material that is widely appreciated in kitchen worktops is granite. This natural rock is cut in its natural state and then polished for use in the home, making every piece unique. Being such a strong material also means it is able to resist temperature changes and is difficult to scratch, however it isn’t completely maintenance free and requires careful cleaning to keep it in pristine condition.
One of the latest worktop surfaces is Dekton. A sophisticated blend of the raw materials used in glass, porcelain and quartz surface production makes it a unique material that has endless potential for kitchen surfaces, not just worktops but outdoor surfaces too. Due to its construction, Dekton comes with all the properties we all want and need in a kitchen worktop. Among many other benefits, it’s highly scratch resistant, withstands high temperatures without burning, scorching or cracking (meaning hot pots can be placed directly onto it) and it’s completely stain proof.
Again coming in many colours and finishes, if offers lots of potential for mixing textures as we have done in the kitchen above to create a dynamic and striking space.