Experts will tell you that it is the kitchen which is the heart and soul of a home. Whilst real estate spruikers will tell you that good kitchens sell houses. So it is imperative to have a stunning kitchen benchtop for your home.
Benchtops come in a variety of materials and even more colours. This article will explain the benefits of each and what styles we have in our range to suit your house and your budget.
Generally speaking though, the main types of benchtops are:
Man Made Stone
Laminate Kitchen Benchtops
The most sold style is the laminate kitchen benchtop. This is mainly due to price, and the fact that most new homes are for investors and first home buyers where there is a focus on budget. The diverse range of colours and also patterns available, means that laminate or laminex benchtops can look very classy if the colours are selected well.
Stone Kitchen Tops
Stone benches comes in three main formats, marble, granite and manmade. As house prices rise, we are seeing that people are demanding a higher quality kitchen benchtop. This is creating a willingness to spend a fraction more and make a bold statement.
Granite is popular because of its high gloss finish, low maintenance, and extremely hard wearing. Most granites are shades of black, but can vary from pink to grey depending on the stone composition.
Nothing adds class to a bathroom, or kitchen like seeing marble. It is a timeless material that will never date, and always hold value. The best marble is imported, usually from Italy, but for luxury homes it is well worth spending a little extra to make a statement.
Whilst marble requires regular sealing and maintenance to avoid staining, it is worth following the right procedures to maintain the colour.
If you are building a classical style home, nothing beats a marble benchtop.
Man Made Stone
These are still classified as stone benchtops. They are solid, hard, but they are synthetic. They are made through coloured aggregate and concrete, with designer colours and flecks of sparkle often added. The brands include Caesarstone and Essa Stone.
Designers love these because you can get the luxury of solid stone, but in a variety of custom colours. These are becoming extremely popular because they are slightly cheaper than stone, but give a high quality feel.
Acrylic benchtops are solid acrylic right the way through. They are heat resistant, scratch resistant and extremely tough. Whilst they are not stone, they are solid right through, unlike the laminate which has chipboard underneath the surface.
Brands include Starion and DuPont. The price is comparable to that of synthetic stone, and it is aimed at a similar market who wants a specific colour, but desires quality above laminex.
Which benchtop is right for me?
With all this information it is easy to get overwhelmed. The three things to consider are
1) Your budget: Your budget may also be determined by the overall price and location of the home. If the purpose is a rental in an outer suburban area, then it would be wiser to go for a hard wearing lower cost laminex option. Or conversely for your dream home, splurge a little once you've seen our range.
2) Your style of home: Not just the style but the colour schemes as well. Sometimes choosing the right colour in a cheaper option can look better than spending extra on the wrong style.
3) View the products: View our range of Adelaide benchtops. We have a huge range of kitchen benchtops, all can be custom made to varying thicknesses to suit your home. Talk to one of our friendly consultants and bring your plans and ideas. We will be happy to help get you the best option for your new home or renovation.
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