Kitchen is the area that you prepare and cook the family meals. However, the days when cooking were the sole function of this room are a distant memory.
It is where under some circumstances – the only place that the family will gather together and enjoy something during the day within the home. Unlike bedroom, kitchen is the most frequently used room by all the family members.
It is also a fantastic place where you would like to host your visitors and enjoy the afternoon tea or a simple cup of coffee.
However, kitchen is probably take the most stick, too. Dropped plates, forks and knives, food splattered all over the walls, heat being applied to the surfaces… The list goes on, and your kitchen has to be able to deal with it. Quality and durability are so important in this room more than any others.
Hereby are some tips to choose a hygeian, beautiful and durable benchtop.
Always consider the budget. Make sure price for the benchtop you choose be within the budget.
A small kitchen does not allow a lot of opportunity or require an array of different materials and colors, whereas large kitchens are often in need of breaking up one colour or material. Make sure that the color you choose fits into the overall design of the house.
Tip No. 3
Consider the use of the benchtop and how long you would like it to last. If you want something that is functional but durable, you need to look at materials like stone (Quartz or Granite) rather than laminates or other cheaper materials.
If you are not sure which material to choose, check out the pros and cons of the materials which are very popular in Australia for benchtops:
Pros: Doesn’t have to be sealed; large variety of colours and patterns; difficult to scratch.
Cons: Uniform look.
Pros: Natural stone, comes in beautiful and natural colors; can withstand hot pans; very durable; difficult to scratch.
Cons: Porous so needs to be resealed regularly; colors and patterns will differ from the showroom sample.
Pros: Cheap; large variety of colors and designs; easy care.
Cons: Cannot rest hot pan on or cut directly onto the surface; can’t use abrasive cleaners on it; susceptible to burns, cuts and scratches; difficult to repair chips; can’t usually support an under mount sink.
Pros: Good surface for rolling dough and making pastry; elegant good.
Cons: Not scratch or stain-resistant; not as durable as granite; requires regular resealing; is sensitive to acidic foods and some cleaners.
Pros: Hygienic; easy to clean; can withstand hot pans; can be worked to create integral sinks and draining boards.
Cons: Expensive; shows scratches, dents and fingerprints; can be noisy; can’t use abrasive cleaners.
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