Kitchen Design – Bench Top Surfaces

Kitchen bench tops surfaces will dictate the look and feel of your kitchen

It wasn’t that long ago that the only surfaces we had were mostly Laminate, Granite, Marble, Stainless Steel or Timber.

In today’s market new man made surfaces are available and there finishes are at the cutting edge of modern design.

They are composite stones, solid surfaces, concrete, glass and Laminate that are moulded to another colour with exotic patterns & pictures and laid up combinations of textures such as laminates and stainless steel. These are quite dynamic and need to be seen to be appreciated.

The amount of material designers have to work with today is amazing.

Most people don’t realise that there are numerous companies that make a similar product for example when people want a Caesar Stone look they have a choice between materials such as:

  • Caesarstone
  • Essa Stone
  • Smart Stone
  • Quantum Quartz
  • Stone Italiana

When talking solid surface we think of Corian, but there is also:

  • Hanex
  • Freestyle
  • Samsung

The difference between solid surface & stone is this, Stone comes in 3 metre long lengths and must have joins if longer or going around corners and is impervious to scratching and heat but can chip if not careful.

Solid surfaces have no joins at all regardless of the length or shape. Solid surface can be moulded to most needed shapes such as rolling up the wall etc. Sinks & drainer grooves can be moulded in giving the seamless look.

Solid surface can’t take the heat that stone can and can scratch but the scratches can be easily taken out. The beauty of solid surface is that anything can be fixed as opposed to stone, as when you chip stone, it’s chipped for good.