There are many kitchen benchtop design options and materials to choose from. A luxurious stone benchtop can transform any kitchen into an elegant style. Stone bench tops can come in a range of styles and can be divided into natural or engineered. If you are renovating your kitchen, consider these types of durable and long lasting stone for your kitchen bench top.
The most common used natural stone for kitchen bench tops are marble and granite. Natural stone materials such as marble and limestone are softer than granite and require greater care. Colours and textures of natural stone will vary and create a truly unique and timeless kitchen style as no two bench tops are identical. Natural stone is more expensive and needs to be sealed over the years as it is more porous than engineered stone.
Marble is identified by its pronounced veining aesthetics and is often available in bold colours and polished to a high sheen.
Granite is hard wearing, much denser than marble and able to withstand higher temperatures.
Engineered stone is made up of a mixture of crushed stone and binding agents. It is a cheaper alternative benchtop material to natural stone and it doesn’t need to be resealed regularly and is therefore more durable. Its smooth surface is low maintenance and resistant to stains, scratches and heat. Engineered stone comes in a variety of colours and patterns and has a more uniform appearance than natural stone. Some popular brand names are Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz and Smartstone.
Natural vs Engineered
It is important to select the type of benchtop material that will suit your lifestyle and budget. The unique beauty of natural stone is hard to beat but engineered stone has less maintenance requirements and a higher resilience to scratches and stains. Engineered stone such as caesarstone overtakes natural stones in strength, water absorption and flexibility but if you’re after a more luxurious design, natural is the way to go.
Harrington Kitchens use and recommend only the best bench top materials from the world’s leading manufacturers, including: Quantum Quartz, Smartstone and Caesarstone.
If you want assistance in choosing the right stone for your kitchen benchtop, natural or engineered, our professional designers at Harrington Kitchens can help you decide on all of the aspects. We use quality kitchen bench tops materials from leading kitchen component suppliers.
Harrington Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen design and styles including:
- French Provincial Kitchens
- Hampton Style Kitchens
- Modern Kitchens
- Classic Kitchens
- Laminate Kitchens
- Timber Kitchens
- Polyurethane Kitchens
- Country Kitchens
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Modern Farmhouse Kitchens
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.
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