Composite worktops: Things to know before you buy
Considering composite worktops? Here are all the pros and cons that you need to know before purchasing
Composite worktops are a great choice for kitchens as they not only add value to your home but are often the more stylish and affordable option.
If you don’t know, composite worktops are made out of more than one material, and can come under one of two categories: engineered stone (ground quartz and resin) or solid surface (mineral dust and resin). Engineered stone is seen as the more natural of the two as, although they both contain natural stone, engineered stone has a higher percentage. However, if you’re undecided about composite worktops altogether then hear us out first before making a decision…
A wide range of styles
Because the amount and type of material that goes into composite worktops can vary so much, there is a wide range of styles available.
Unlike real stone, different colours and elements such as glass or mirrored chips can be added to composite worktops to suit any kitchen design. Compared to this, real stone worktops are quite restrictive as they are limited to their natural colours and patterns and will always suit certain kitchen schemes better than others.
With the technology available today, composite worktops are typically harder and more durable than real stone. This also means that most of them are scratch resistant and heat resistant, so you can cut food and place hot kitchen utensils directly on the surface. However, the durability varies between different worksurfaces, so make sure to check before purchasing.
Also, although hard to, if you damage a composite worktop, they are tough to repair. Once damaged, most people would need to replace the worktop entirely.
Composite worktops are also non-porous meaning any spilled liquids cannot seep into the material and stain it, even the most corrosive ones. This also means they are more hygienic as bacteria can’t grow on the surface.
Compared to real stone, composite worktops are a breeze. There is no need to polish or reseal the surface, just simply wipe clean with some soap and a cloth.
Solid surface composite worktops are very flexible and can easily be moulded to have curved edges or sinks integrated into the design. It can fit around your lifestyle and seamlessly so as the joins are invisible, allowing for a continuous design.
Composite worktops cost a lot less than real stone but it can vary depending on the style and materials used. Make sure to shop around to find the best kitchen worktop for you and your budget.
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