Benchtop Materials

BENCHTOP MATERIALS


Selecting Kitchen Benchtop Materials

Selecting the perfect benchtop for your new kitchen or renovation can seem difficult at first. There are a lot of options in materials to decipher through, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Though navigating through all of the available information to make the final decision can often feel overwhelming to begin with, we hope to help you through the selection process with this guide to popular kitchen benchtop materials.

The benchtops in your kitchen will more than likely influence, or need to centre around, your kitchen’s style and colour palette. So it’s important to select something that looks great to you. It’s also important to select the right material for your benchtop that best suits your usage, and your budget.

TimberEngineered QuartzLaminateMarbleGraniteConcreteStainless SteelCorian

TIMBER

Appearance
Beautiful material, adding visual warmth; Rustic style; Also consider the use of part timber and part stone.

Durability and Maintenance
Long-lasting; Family friendly; Timbers that are naturally more water resisting are available, and water resisting finishes and waterproof varnishes are also available; Can be more susceptible to discolouration from heat or chemicals compared to stone, for example.

Affordability
Flexible, with a range of pricing options available due to the wide range of timber and grain options.

Environmentally Friendly
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified timbers available; Consider reclaimed woods.

ENGINEERED QUARTZ

Appearance
Large variety of colours and shades.

Durability and Maintenance
Stout durability; Tough, nonporous and impact-resistant material; Can last a lifetime; Requires no sealants or waxes; Cleans with soap and water.

Design Flexibility
Can suit both modern and traditional styles; Can be fabricated in larger pieces with fewer joints.

Environmentally Friendly
Eco-friendly attributes; Great for indoor air quality, emitting few VOCs (volatile organic compounds); Nontoxic and non-allergenic for humans.

LAMINATE

Appearance
Wide range of colours and styles; Customizable edges and finishes.

Durability and Maintenance
Virtually free of any long-term maintenance; Can be not as durable and heat resistant as others.

Budget Friendly
Very Affordable.

MARBLE

Appearance
Classic, timeless look; Luxe elegance; Dramatic veining.

Durability and Maintenance
Durable, can perform for decades; Can be softer and more porous than Granite; Can be more susceptible to scratches and stains; Routine maintenance is best limited to use of a soft cloth and warm water; Application of a water-based sealer is recommended every 1-2x years.

Design Flexibility
Wide variety of colours; Perfect for white kitchens; White marble can pair with a myriad of colour schemes.

Environmentally Friendly
Natural stone; Consider salvaged slabs.

GRANITE

Appearance
Plenty of character; Unique grains and colours; Customizable finishes; Wide range of patterns and shades.

Durability
When properly sealed, one of the most durable kitchen benchtop materials on the market.

Budget Friendly
Flexible, with a range of pricing options available.

Environmentally Friendly
Natural Stone.

CONCRETE

Durability and Maintenance
Long life span; Virtually indestructible; Can be more susceptible to develop tiny hairline cracks, though typically not structural; Requires only mild soap and cloth for routine maintenance.

Design Flexibility
Virtually infinitely customizable; Wide range of colours and visual textures available; Ability to unite with other concrete elements in the home.

STAINLESS STEEL

Durability and Maintenance
Very durable; Can have a life expectancy of nearly 100x years; Nonporous and nonstaining; Heat and corrosion resistant; Can allow fingerprints and scratches to be more visible; Can be more susceptible to dents; Easy to clean; Can be cleaned with mild detergent, or baking soda or diluted vinegar with water.

Custom Made
Stainless steel benchtops are regarded as a high-end, top of the range product. Stainless steel benchtops are custom made, with sinks integrated into the top. This may often lead to higher costs in comparison to other benchtops, such as laminate and stone, due to additional labor time throughout construction and installation.

Environmentally Friendly
Material with a large portion of recycled content available; Can be reused; Consider no or low VOC (volatile organic compound) glues to maximize healthy indoor air quality.

CORIAN

Appearance and Design Flexibility
High-end, customizable finish; Wide range of colours.

Durability and Maintenance
Extremely durable; Any scratches can be buffered out, as the colour goes through the Corian product and so is easily repaired.

Pricing
Corian is a premium, top of the range product that can often be more expensive than other comparable kitchen benchtop materials. This is due mostly to its high-end finish and long-lasting durability. Corian benchtops are also custom made, often with sinks and drainage grooves integrated into the Corian top.


Frequently Asked Questions

Have you seen our new FAQ page (Frequently Asked Questions)? You may benefit from reading through answers to some questions that we’re often asked by our clients and find some useful information about ALLKIND’s products and services. Or, if you would like to discuss your project in further detail, please contact our experienced team by using the contact form above.

Frequently Asked Questions


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