Designing your kitchen can be a ginormous task, especially when it comes to choosing the right style of countertop for your home. There are all sorts of factors to take into consideration, with your family and lifestyle being one of the main issues that could affect your choice.
Two of the most classic countertop styles are wooden countertops and laminate countertops. Both have their pros and cons, and this quick guide aims to give you a fair view of both, and help you decide which you would prefer if you were thinking of going down a wood-based route.
When we think “laminate” the first thing that comes to mind is laminate flooring, which is often used in kitchens and sitting rooms to give a natural, but polished, effect. Laminate can be used in several other places around the home, but it’s a popular choice when homeowners start deciding on countertop designs.
Laminate is the technique of manufacturing a material in multiple layers. For countertops in particular, layers of plastic are bonded to particleboard or kraft paper to create a solid countertop surface. This style of countertop is available in a wide variety of colours, textures and patterns, and can range from ones that look like marble to ones that mirror the appearance of stainless steel. They’re very versatile for style and colour options.
Laminate countertops are nearly indestructible, though their level of strength depends on the grade of laminate you decide to purchase. The majority of laminate countertops are cut resistant, scratch resistant, and are ridiculously easy to clean. As if that wasn’t a good enough reason, laminate countertops don’t scorch or burn, either; taking away your hot pan concerns.
Despite having a similar appearance, wooden countertops are quite different. They’re rustic, natural, and utterly beautiful in a wood-based kitchen. Wood has a tendency to mellow as it ages, and it has its own unique patterns and colouring. The drawbacks of a wooden countertop is that, unlike laminate, they will scratch, scorch, and burn. With a strong finish applied to the surface of the wood, you can prevent scratches, and help the wood resist stains. In spite of this, wooden countertops can be sanded and have finishes applied more than once, meaning that they can be repaired, and their life in a kitchen can last particularly longer than most countertop types.
Laminate countertops are essentially an imitation of a real wood countertops. Wooden countertops are made of a series of solid wood staves, bonded together under high pressure. Laminate, as mentioned above, is usually made of bonded plastic, and finished to look like wood. Laminate won’t change over its lifetime, but wooden countertops will become richer and littered with character as they age.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these popular countertops. Whichever you decide to choose, the bespoke kitchen manufacturer, Windsor Kitchens, offers both in their selection of kitchen countertops, with a range of finishes and colours, ready to be delivered straight to your home.