When choosing your kitchen bench top, there are many factors to take into consideration. The main things you have to consider are style, durability, maintenance and cost. There are various materials which serve different purposes. Below is a list of these different materials and tips on how to select which one is right for you.

Granite is very durable and is scratch and chip resistant. This is a good bench top for someone who cooks a lot and wants their bench top to last. Granite isn’t affected by heat so you can place hot items directly on the bench. Because granite is porous, it will need to be sealed regularly, usually once a year.

Quartz Surfacing is the most durable stone bench top. It has the look of natural stone, but is more resistant to staining as it is less porous. Quartz surfacing is low maintenance and hygienic and there are many brands that manufacture this product. Brands include Quantum Quartz, Caesarstone and Essa Stone. This bench top is also great for someone who loves to cook, but it is suggested that hot items and dishes aren’t placed directly onto the bench top.

Laminate is the most traditional bench top. It isn’t as durable as stone or quartz surfacing, and isn’t as resistant to heat and stains. Laminate is highly versatile in that it does come in a wide variety of textures and colours. Some laminate brands are Formica, Laminex and Wilsonart.

Solid Timber bench tops are generally constructed from narrower timber strips bonded together. Timber bench tops are a little harder to maintain as you have to keep up with oiling them regularly, and they cannot take any heat directly on to the bench. But if looked after they can last a long time. If it is showing signs of wear and tear, it can be sanded back and re-oiled to look as good as new. If looked after, timber bench tops are a truly beautiful option.

As you can see there are many decisions to be made when it comes to your kitchen bench top, but it all comes down to personal taste and requirements. In our showrooms we have many of these materials on display so you can touch and feel the product to better make the decision. Our professional designers are also here to help and will listen to your lifestyle and needs and suggest a suitable materials for use in your kitchen.

Harrington Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen designs and styles including:

For more information on our various kitchen designs, please visit our Gallery. Our Gallery brings together a selection of our custom kitchen designs ranging from traditional to contemporary kitchens. Each kitchen style has the flexibility to work in any home environment and can be designed to suit all tastes and budgets.

The entire Harrington Kitchens team is focused on designing kitchens that utilise premium materials and offer each and every customer the highest level of service. Harrington Kitchens partners with the best quality kitchen suppliers within the kitchen manufacturing industry and employs experienced and professional tradesmen to ensure the longevity of your custom designed kitchen.

For a free quote and free design consultation please contact us at Harrington Kitchens on (02) 4647 4474 or submit an online enquiry, alternatively you are welcome to visit the Harrington Kitchens Showroom at 12 Graham Hill Road Narellan NSW or 5 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW.

See more great kitchen ideas in our Online Gallery.

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