Although price should not be the main determinant when choosing a worktop for the kitchen, given the high overall cost involved in furnishing a kitchen space, builders very often opt for a slightly cheaper alternative. They can choose between kitchen worktops made of chipboard, MDF, laminated board. Natural wood worktops are slightly more expensive.
However, it is worth taking into account that the low price of such materials unfortunately does not guarantee the best quality of the products. Even countertops made of natural wood are susceptible to damage such as scratching, cracking, discolouration or stains. It is important to bear in mind that even well-impregnated wood is highly absorbent, and is not fully resistant to water or heat. In order for a wood worktop to serve its purpose perfectly for many years, it needs to be renovated regularly.
Which kitchen worktop is worth opting for?
Investors who want to enjoy the full functionality of their kitchen and the practicality of a kitchen worktop should opt for natural stone, above all granite or a conglomerate worktop.
Stone worktops and those made from conglomerate (conglomerate is a mixture of ground rock waste bonded with resin) are resistant to scratching, cracking, weight, water and moisture, high temperatures, grease and intense stains.
What is more, those who opt for a stone worktop or one made of conglomerate do not have to worry about its maintenance. A cotton cloth and water or dedicated preparations are all that is needed for daily care. However, to ensure that our granite worktops last as long as possible, it is also important to remember about regular impregnation with dedicated products. This is a treatment that only needs to be repeated once every few months or even less frequently, depending on the intensity of use.
Countertop and kitchen design
A conglomerate worktop is a perfect imitation of natural stone, so it looks beautiful in elegant kitchens, in a modern or glamour style. It can also be used as the main decor in a classic or loft kitchen. Investors can choose from a myriad of different colours, textures and patterns for this type of worktop. It is also good to know that conglomerate worktops can be purchased to order, so that they are perfectly tailored to the individual preferences of the customer and the conditions in the kitchen.