Choosing countertops for the kitchen is not an obvious matter. After all, each of us has different priorities, and there are a few important elements to consider that can help you decide and choose the right material. The key considerations include, among others: the planned method of exploitation or the available budget. Design issues are equally important. In the following article, we have left the materials used to finish kitchen worktops.
At SaniWell, we deal with comprehensive finishing of apartments, along with designing and making custom-made furniture. The attached photos and visualizations come from our turnkey projects in the “walk in and live” standard
When choosing kitchen countertops, it is important to decide on the purpose of the kitchen: is it to be a kitchen for private use or for a rental apartment? If it was to be a rented apartment, what economic standard or maybe premium quality would we like to achieve? Do we cook often or is it a matter of course for us to clean the surface regularly? Another issue is the size of the kitchen furniture and the planned budget, because each of the solutions presented below differs in the cost of material, processing and assembly.
Depending on the expected quality and available finances, the following materials for kitchen worktops can be distinguished: laminated board, wood, quartzite conglomerate, granite, quartz sinters and composite worktops.
The first option is to finish kitchen countertops with laminate. This is one of the cheaper options in this list, although the price range of laminate worktops is huge. It is a product based on MDF or chipboard covered with a layer of anti-pressure foil and laminate, i.e. veneer. The whole is hardened and impregnated with e.g. synthetic resins. There are different types of laminates, including those with increased durability and strength called HPL (high pressure laminate).
The next material discussed is wooden countertops. This elegant-looking material is a natural, timeless means of interior design. It works well in classic interiors as well as in modern apartments. Before buying, however, you should choose the right shade, type of wood, consider whether it should be solid or glued wood and decide how to protect the outer layer by oiling or varnishing. All these elements are important because wooden worktops require attention: care and maintenance.
The most popular species used in Poland for the production of kitchen worktops are oak, beech and ash. These are durable and harder materials compared to, for example, poplar and pine, which are too soft to be used for the production of countertops. Some species of exotic trees better tolerate high temperatures and increased humidity in the kitchen, for example: mahogany.
By definition, kitchen worktops made of glued wood are more resistant to external factors. Additionally, solid wood can crack and warp over time. However, the “natural wood” effect is more visible on solid wood, so if we wanted a designer effect, solid wood could be a better choice.
Granite is a popular material for stone countertops. It is an extremely durable and resistant material that gives interiors prestige. It comes in a polished structure and a satin, non-uniform texture, where the former emphasizes the color and the latter gives the surface a “gloss”. The second treatment method is brushing, and the material is more matte.
Kitchen worktops made of quartz conglomerate are distinguished by high resistance to damage and high temperature. The material is a combination of altered quartz and polyester or acrylic resin. Made of natural aggregate, quartz conglomerate countertops are a much lighter material than stone countertops. Due to the production method, there are no visible joints in the case of conglomerate worktops. Kitchen countertops made of quartz conglomerate look tasteful and elegant, and the use of such materials certainly translates into the reception of the entire space. Like stone countertops, they are strong and durable, but also lighter and more flexible.
We have prepared a separate article on the use of quartz sinters in interior finishing, the link to which is attached here. In addition, we present a video of a turnkey apartment in the “you enter and live” standard, where, among others, high-quality quartz sinters were used, burned and mounted to finish the walls in the bathroom.