Kitchen Benchtops supply a huge range of Kitchen Benchtops, Bathroom Vanity counter tops, business and shop counter tops. Dependingon what country you are in it seems the UK calls them Worktops the USA calls them Countertops and Australia calls them Benchtops. Whatever you call them we have the range and quality you desire.
Counter Tops and Work Surfaces
Laminex makes one of the top products for
counter tops and bench tops. They are currently the market leader in Australia
for bench tops in the kitchen and bath. They are also industry leaders in
providing bench tops for office work space. Their antistatic product offers the
work place secure placement for electrical components such as computers and
other office equipment. This particular product offers antistatic properties
which eliminate the possibility of static electricity building up on the
The laminated product is produced by
bonding a laminate covering over a high density particle board then coating the
underside with resin which provides a barrier to moisture. A heated press is
used to bond all of these elements together. The final product is a highly
durable surface which is suitable for the kitchen, bath, laundry room, hospital
furniture, and doors. It is heat and fire resistant as well as stain resistant.
Because it is non-porous it is recognized as a clean and sterile product which
can be used in the home or in the public work place.
Laminex offers a wide variety of colors and
styles to choose from. They also offer several different grades, depending on
what the product will be used for. Laminex is often the number one choice for
those who are remodeling their kitchen or bath because of its durability and
affordability. It is often used as a back splash in the kitchen area because it
is easily cleaned and resists stains.
In the United Kingdom granite work tops
are the most desirable. Many people are under the misconception that this
product is too expensive for them to afford but there are options which allow
them to purchase directly from the manufacturer and save quite a bit of money.
Granite is one of the most enduring surfaces because it is practically
indestructible. It provides a beautiful work surface which is all natural and
brings a touch of nature into your home. In many homes in the United Kingdom you will find
granite in the kitchen, breakfast islands, or as a top to the bar. It provides
the home with a look of luxury which will last for many years into the future.
For those who do not know what granite is,
it is a natural stone that is formed underground from volcanic magma. Over the
course of millions of years the volcano dies and the chamber underneath it
solidifies and forms what is known as granite. Because it is a natural product
there are many different color variations and patterns as well as many
different types of textures.
Granite can be purchased for domestic use
as well as in a commercial grade which is used in public areas. The higher
hotels will often use commercial grade granite in their bathrooms to provide a
luxurious look as well as providing an enduring surface. When looking for
granite one should beware that many stones are represented to be granite but
actually are manmade.
It is possible for one to install granite
work tops in their home but it is advised that a professional be hired to do
the job. If you are highly skilled in carpentry you might be able to do the job
yourself but with granite tops you will need accuracy of measurements and help
with correct placement. The best route to take is to hire a professional who
specializes in the installation of granite surfaces since you will probably
have to live with the work tops for many years.
Another very popular product which is used
in the UK
is Staron . Staron is manufactured by Samsung Chemical and is a solid surface
which provides the highest of quality and up to date modern designs. They offer
an endless option for design and color and the product can be molded and shaped
to suit the customer's needs. With seamless joints the solid surface is very
fire retardant and highly resistant to bacteria. The most practical uses for
Staron will be found in elegant kitchens, healthcare kitchens, and commercial
Staron is suitable for kitchens, bathrooms,
window sills, bar tops, reception desks, and tub decks. It can also be used to
create shower walls which surround a bathtub. Because of its versatility you
will find it in many hotels, restaurants, and medical clinics. The surface is
easy to clean and care for and retains its quality for many years. It is not
uncommon to find Staron in some of the most expensive of homes. Staron is
fairly easy to install and can be installed by the homeowner if they have a
basic knowledge of carpentry.
In the United States many people choose
Formica as their choice for counter tops and back splashes. It is a highly
versatile product which can be used for counter tops, wet bars, vanity tops in
bathrooms, window sills, and table tops. Many people have work tops in their
laundry rooms which are covered in Formica. Floral shops have work benches
which are covered in Formica because it is durable and easy to clean.
Formica is a very affordable option to
homeowners who want to remodel and update their kitchen or bath. It comes in
many colors and designs and you will be able to find one that suites your
personal décor. They offer different
types of finish such as matte, satin, and gloss. The gloss finish has a high
shine and is suitable for commercial use because of the ability to clean it
easily. All Formica is heat and stain resistant and provides a non-porous
surface which is resistant to bacteria. Cleaning with soap and water is usually
sufficient but bleach can be used if needed.
Formica is fairly easy to install and many
homeowners can do the job themselves. The trick is in matching up the mitered
corners but with correct measurement this should not pose a big problem.
Formica is usually pre-cut to fit the size you need so correct measurements are
Another great material which is gaining
popularity in the United
States is stainless steel . For many years
stainless steel has been used to make examining tables in medical facilities
including operating tables found in hospitals. Commercial kitchens have known
about the benefits of stainless steel for several years and have used the
product for counter tops, sinks, stoves, and refrigerators. Recent years have
seen the product become more and more popular in the domestic arena with more
and more homes turning their kitchens into stainless steel workplaces.
Stainless steel is also the most desired product for cutlery and cookware.
Stainless steel counter tops provide a work
surface which is clean and resistant to stains and scratches. It is heat
resistant and will allow you to set hot pots on it which come directly from the
heat of the stove. There is little to no maintenance other than routine
cleaning with soap and water. It is virtually indestructible and is available
in a polished, buffed, and gloss finish. The gloss finish will show the most
signs of use where the buffed finish will hide any small scratches or
The look of stainless steel provides a cool
and inviting picture when integrated into your current décor. The buffed finish
is resistant to fingerprints and scratch marks and reflects the natural light
which makes the area look cleaner and brighter.
Stainless steel counter tops are fairly
easy to install but care must be taken when working with the raw product. Sharp
edges could pose a danger and the raw sheets can be bent which would not be
attractive when finished out.
CaesarStone is a material which is often
used in new construction of high-end homes. It is primarily used for counter
tops and bathroom vanity tops and offers rugged elegance to any area. The
product is 93% pure crushed quartz which is combined with polymer resins to
create a solid surface that is durable and very long lasting.
CaesarStone has been used for many years by
the rich and famous but is now starting to get more use in the commercial
arena. Quartz is considered to be one of the hardest minerals found in nature
and the finished surface is beautiful and tough enough to stand up to severe
abuse. Only the best quartz is used in the making of CaesarStone and its beauty
CaesarStone is stain resistant, scratch
resistant, heat resistant, and mold and mildew resistant. It can withstand the
freezing temperatures and the non-porous surface is very sanitary and easy to
clean. In the United States
it has received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval because of its quality
Although the product is primarily used in
the United States,
it has also gained world wide recognition and many different countries are
starting to use it in their homes and workplaces. In the past it was considered
too expensive to put in the average home but now more and more people are using
it because of its lasting ability. It is not recommended for you to try and
install CaesarStone yourself since it requires the skill of a trained
Marble is certainly not a new concept since
it has been around for many years. When one thinks of marble you automatically
think of luxury and elegance. It has been used in expensive homes for several
years and most people do not consider it because it is an expensive option. It
is, however, becoming more popular in the mid-price range homes because of its
Adding marble to you kitchen counter tops
or bathroom vanities provides style and elegance as well as increasing the
value of your home. It is also found in some of the more high class hotels and
business establishments. Marble provides a unique look because it features
random swirls of color throughout the piece. This enhances the natural beauty
and provides interesting detail. It provides you with a non-porous finish which
is easily cleaned and maintained.
It is never recommended that you try to
install marble yourself since it requires the trained skill of stonemasons. If
you are going to go the extra mile and pay for marble you don't want to ruin it
by trying to save money on installation. You will pay more money up front but
in the long run you will save money because of the lasting durability. When
care is taken, marble can easily last you an entire lifetime.
Dupont produces a product called Corian
which is very popular in domestic as well as commercial institutions. It provides
you with a lifetime of easy care and there are over 100 colors and pattern
styles to choose from. Counter top finishes are available in matte, satin,
semi-gloss, and high gloss. Most domestic homes will choose the matte or satin
finish. It is easily cleaned with soap and water but stubborn stains can be
cleaned with stronger cleaners. It is important to note that the darker colors
usually require more attention than the lighter colors. All Corian can be
refurbished and restored to its original beauty which makes it a highly
Corian is a good value for your money
because it provides the owner with long term use. It is solid and can withstand
the daily use of food preparation and general work such as floral arranging and
even dog grooming. It is made by Dupont which is a highly recognized name in
the industry. Dupont stands behind their product and will gladly replace it if
you are not completely satisfied.
Corian has many uses such as counter tops,
sinks, shelves, tub and shower surrounds, and vanity tops and bowls. You can
order a sample from your local dealer but if you do not have one they offer a
website with pictures and addresses for you to order from. Corian can be
installed by the homeowner if they have carpentry skills. Care should be taken
for mitered corners since they can often be tricky. Many places will pre-cut
your counter tops for you if you take them your counter measurements. If you
don't feel that you can do the job yourself your Corian dealer should be able
to provide you with recommendations.