Kitchen worktops are generally an afterthought. No one sits there and thinks about how much they use their kitchen worktop. They are generally underappreciated elements in your kitchen. They take a beating. Whether it’s a knife slip while cutting carrots or wine spills while preparing dinner, your kitchen worktops can experience a lot of wear and tear. It’s easy to see why eventually they will need to be replaced.
A lot of times when renovating, homeowners look to throw out their existing worktops and replace them with something more stylish. However, it’s best to avoid sacrificing functionality and practicality for aesthetics alone. To avoid doing this, here are some of the top factors you need to consider before going out and buying a new kitchen worktop.
Factors To Consider:
Think About The Purpose
If you go into buying a kitchen worktop thinking about how you are going to use it, you will have a much better idea of what you should be prioritizing. A lot of people go into the buying process without considering this. It sounds obvious, but some go straight for aesthetics without thinking about practicality and fit. You need to look at how you use your kitchen worktop before you choose one.
If you are replacing one that has been damaged beyond repair, it’s time to look at why it was damaged. What happened to it? Was it general wear and tear? Was it a specific event? Perhaps it’s wear-and-tear caused by how you use the worktop. If so, you’d be satisfied to know that we have laminate worktops that offer heat, stain, and even impact-resistant coatings to ensure that you can use them freely without worry.
However, if you aren’t going to be using it yourself, you may want to prioritize cost-effectiveness over long-term durability. If you’re selling your home, you’ll likely want to go for something aesthetically pleasing. A good thing to do would be to go out and see other homes in your local market. See what worktops are being used. You want your home to be competitively marketed. Figure out what worktops are most stylish and appealing to prospective buyers.
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Functionality Over Style
Once you’ve established that you need a brand new worktop in your kitchen, it’s time to start looking at how you need it to function. There are plenty of things that you need to consider when looking at its functionality of it. Here are a few of them:
Are You Replacing It Straight Across?
Are you going to be replacing the worktop straight across or do you have specific solutions in mind? You may consider adding more elements to the worktop such as a breakfast bar to make it more functional.
Do You Have Any Features That Are Considered “Must Haves?”
You want to look at the various kitchen worktops available in the marketplace. Is there anything that is a must-have for your next worktop? If you are constantly cooking and using your worktop, you’ll likely want something that can withstand normal wear and tear with the best of them. All of our worktops come with a durable and resistant coating to ensure that your kitchen worktop is protected in day-to-day use.
What Are Your Needs In Terms Of Maintenance?
If you are someone that wants something low maintenance, you’ll likely want to opt for a durable laminated surface. This can keep you from having to ‘baby’ your kitchen worktop to keep it looking great.
Once you’ve identified what you will be doing with your worktop and how you will be using it often, you can figure out which would be the best option for it.
Come Up With a Budget
You need to figure out how much you want to spend on your next worktop. The first thing you want to do is figure out how large it needs to be. You also need to figure out if it needs to be designed in a specific shape. These things can dictate how much the worktop is going to cost. Once you know how long it needs to be and what shape, you can start to figure out how much you’ll be spending on it.
As a rule of thumb, here are some of the prices you can expect to pay:
- For 28mm of Laminate, you can expect to pay prices starting at £19/metre.
- For high-gloss, you can expect to pay prices starting at £20/metre.
- For solid compact worktops, you can expect to pay prices starting at £99/metre.