If you are looking into giving your kitchen a quality makeover, then one of the best ways to accomplish it is by installing new worktops. There is perhaps no other way to enhance the look of a kitchen, other than repainting it. It will enhance the “wow factor” for any kitchen. As with anything the primary deciding factor as to what type of worktop to go with, is cost. The question is ultimately how much are you willing to spend? If you go to a thrift store then you may be able to find something that only costs around a few dollars per square foot. The expensive stuff will cost around 5 to 6 times that amount. Yes you could be looking at just a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars.
This is why it is important to do as much research as possible before going forward with such a venture. The biggest deciding factor is how much time do you spend in the kitchen? If it is only a few times a month then it does not make sense to spend a huge amount of money on it. On the other hand if you cook almost all your meals there, then going for a more expensive option makes sense. The next question will be how long do you plan on staying in the house? If you are planning on moving relatively soon then a cheaper option would naturally make sense.
Now let us talk about the different types of materials used for a quality kitchen worktop. Worktops made from granite are some of the most expensive and nicest looking of all the available materials. But not all granite is expensive. There are cheaper quality ones that will still look nice. Never the less if you are going to go for granite it makes more sense to go with something nicer. Top of the line granite such as black or dark blue will be quite expensive. On the other hand not only will it look great after it has been polished, it will last a long time. Black granite is also the hardest of all granites. It is capable of withstanding the usual kitchen abuse for a long time. Not only that cleaning it is also very easy.
If granite is not your thing then there are other options available for great looking Kitchen worktops. Using wood will look nice and classy. You can go for a rustic looking “butchers block” look, or for something that looks nice and polished. The main thing to remember when going for wood is that they will not hold as well as stones such has granite, marble or quartz. Wood will show stains and scratches. Basically it is not capable of taking the abuse the way granite can.
Another worktop worth considering for your kitchen would be laminate worktops. It is true that some of the cheapest materials available for worktops are laminated material. But this is not always true, laminated worktops do come in more expensive variety and they can look great also. The reason for this is because the technique used to manufacture them has improved greatly over the last few years.
The great thing about them is the variety of styles, colours, patterns and prints they are available in. The big leap in laminated technology came when they could replicate other worktop materials such as granite, wood and quartz. These new worktops look very realistic and they look good also, at a fraction of the price. Laminated worktops are also fairly durable. The down side with this material is that if by any chance they get damaged then it is almost impossible to repair it and your only option is to replace it.