UK: Kitchen Worktops: Kitchen Worktop Manufacturers & Suppliers
ABOUT KITCHEN WORKTOPS
The two most popular materials for kitchen worktops are laminates and wood. Other options are granite and stainless steel. Laminate worktops are available in a wide range of colours and textures including simulated granite and wood. Laminate kitchen worktops are bonded onto a medium density fibreboard (MDF) core, and usually have the laminate surface brought down over the full length of the front edge. Solid wood kitchen worktops are available in Oak, Beech, Walnut, Cherry, and Maple. Stainless steel worktops can have sinks seamlessly incorporated into their surface. Leading UK suppliers of kitchen worktops are profiled below the panel of sponsored links.
CHOOSING KITCHEN WORKTOPS
The most common types of kitchen worktop are laminate, hardwood, or granite. Of these laminate is the cheapest, and granite the most expensive. Laminate provides an entirely practical surface, provided it is cared for. It should not be chopped onto, nor should hot pans be placed on it. Looked after carefully, laminate worktops will provide many years of use. The only advantage of hardwood over laminate is appearance. Hardwood worktops give a warm, friendly appearance to a kitchen. When newly installed they should be treated with Danish or linseed oil daily for the first week, weekly for the next month, and monthly for the next year. Like laminate kitchen worktops, they should not be chopped onto, and should not have hot pans placed on them. Although more expensive than laminate or hardwood, granite kitchen worktops do have the advantage that hot pans can be placed on them without causing damage. A wide variety of colours is available, ranging through light cream to reddish brown to dark chocolate brown. Granite worktops give a very high quality look to the kitchen.
Three less common types of kitchen worktop are stainless steel, glass, and Corian. Stainless steel is the universal worktop choice for commercial kitchens, because it is very hardwearing and is easy to keep hygenically clean. Sinks and upstands can be incorporated into stainless steel worktops, giving a leak-proof easy-to-clean surface. Scratches can be polished out. Stainless steel worktops have a somewhat industrial appearance, but can go well with simple contemporary kitchen designs.
Glass worktops are best used as feature items, for example in a breakfast bar. They need to be kept very clean and be well cared for if they are to keep looking good. They typically have colour applied to the under surface, and may be lit from below. They are not very practical in a busy family kitchen.
Corian is the brand name for a solid surface worktop manufactured by DuPont of the USA. Made of acrylic polymer, it can be heated up to 150 degrees centigrade and formed into angled or curved shapes. Integral sinks can be incorporated. Corian is available in more than 100 colours and patterns, in thicknesses of 6mm and 12mm. Similar surfaces are supplied by competitors under the brand names Meganite, Marlan, Durasolid, Velstone, and Kerrock. Although Corian is heat resistant up to 250 degrees, it wiser not to place hot pans on a Corian surface.
LEADING KITCHEN WORKTOP MANUFACTURERS & SUPPLIERS
John Porter: Kitchen Worktops. John Porter, based in Uckfield, East Sussex, is a leading supplier of kitchen worktops. It offers the following ranges of kitchen worktops: Wood Worktops, Solid Surfaced Worktops, Laminate Worktops, Quartz Worktops, Granite Worktops, Solid Surfacing Bespoke Worktops, Stainless Steel Worktops, Concrete Worktops, and Glass Worktops. Woods for worktops include Beech, Oak, Elm, Maple, Cherry and Teak. The Solid Surfaced Worktops are made from a 3mm or 6mm layer of solid surface material, bonded to a chipboard or MDF baseboard. Chopping boards must be used when preparing food. Manufacturers include Maia, Getacore, Staron, Axiom, and Encore. Laminate kitchen worktops are available in 30mm and 40mm thickness. Quartz worktops must be fitted by specialists, and are made using templates drawn after the kitchen base units are in place. Stainless steel worktops can have sinks seamlessly incorporated into the worktop.
Norfolk Oak: Kitchen Worktops. Norfolk Oak, based in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, is a manufacturer of high quality hardwood kitchen worktops. Oak kitchen worktops are 45mm thick, and are made from timber from the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania, USA. This oak has tight grain and low colour variation. The oak worktops are available in three styles: Single Wide Stave, Two Join Tradtiional Oak Plank, and Classic Oak Butcher's Block. A very strong glue, exceeding European standards, is used. An alternative to Oak is Walnut; this produces a richer, darker, colouring, and is supplied from mills in the American Mid West. The other two options are Cherry and Maple. Black Maple is about 30% harder than Oak. All worktops can be made to any width and length. They can be fitted with Hot Rods, Moisture Barriers, Sink Cut Outs, Hob Cut Outs, Drainage Grooves, and Radius Corners.
Quince Stoneworks: Kitchen Worktops. Quince Stoneworks has been operating from Biggleswade, in Bedfordshire, since 1973. Qunince Stoneworks supplies marble and granite worktops throughout the UK, and offers a seven day service from template to installation. Quince Stoneworks offers six standard edge options: Square, Pencil Round, 8mm Chamfer, Half Bullnose, Full Bullnose, and Ogee. Matching upstands, which are usually 50mm to 100mm high, and window cills, can be supplied. Cut-outs can be supplied, either polished (for undermounted sinks) or unpolished (for hobs and top-mounted sinks). Drainer grooves (usually in a set of five grooves) or inset drainer surfaces can be provided. Many colours are available for granite worktops. Colours include: Rosewood, Quartzstone, Green Onyx, Zimbabwe Black, Steel Grey, and Galaxy Black. Samples of up to three colours can be provided free of charge.
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