What does your kitchen benchtop say about your home?
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms for any family.
It’s where we break bread, nourish ourselves, and enjoy meals and conversation with our friends and loved ones. And if your kitchen is old, dingy, or dark, it can negatively impact your family’s experience (not to mention your home’s resale value).
But we don’t all have money for a complete kitchen remodel – or if you do, you may not know where to start or where to focus. A great place to put your attention? The benchtop.
Getting a new, updated kitchen benchtop can not only increase your resale value, but also instantly freshen up your kitchen without breaking the bank. Here are your options and the important details to keep in mind.
What are the top kitchen benchtop options?
First thing’s first: what are your kitchen benchtop material options, and what are the pros and cons of each choice? Our top picks include granite, marble, and Stellastone®.
We’ll break down each option for you right now.
A strong and beautiful natural stone, granite is one of the most popular kitchen benchtop materials thanks to its:
- Stunning variety of colours and styles to choose from
- Easy-to-maintain surface, which just needs to be cleaned with soap and water
- Durability against stains, bacteria, heat, acid, and scratches
- Versatility, as it can look both modern and classic
- Ability to be both polished for a shiny finish and honed for a matte look
In the same vein, marble is a timeless, elegant, and luxurious natural stone option that’s often used thanks to its variety of colour and pattern options and its versatility when it comes to sealants and finishes.
That said, if you’re looking for a super low-maintenance option, marble may not be the choice for you. It can require more significant upkeep than the other options because its surface is extremely porous, making it more prone to stains and spills.
However, with this right sealant, this kind of damage can be avoided – and it’s worth the effort for many families thanks to its incomparable beauty and luxury.
Stellastone® is an engineered stone made by mixing natural quartz and sand with space-age polyresins and pigments. It’s available in a large range of colours and patterns, and it’s appreciated by many families thanks to its:
- Heat resistance
- Scratch, crack, and spill resistance
- Variety of colour options
- Variety of finishes, including honed, matte, concrete, and rough
What are the most important characteristics of a great kitchen benchtop?
The first thing you should consider is your kitchen benchtop’s durability. Kitchens take a lot of day-in, day-out abuse as you chop things, place heavy bowls, lug up grocery bags, cook, clean, and more. That doesn’t even cover any impact that could come from children running around, spills, and things falling on the counter.
If you have a hectic lifestyle – or you think you might at some point in the future – then benchtop durability should be top of mind
Even if you don’t expect to be over-using your kitchen – say you live alone or you hardly cook – you don’t want cracks or fractures to occur on your brand new benchtop. It’s important, then, to make sure that you choose a benchtop material that is durable or covered by a significant warranty. That way, you won’t have to repair or replace your benchtop too quickly.
#2. Heat resistance
Again, if you’re cooking, cleaning, and working with a lot of pots and pans in your kitchen, it’s important that your benchtop has significant heat and burn resistance. Otherwise, you could end up with divots, burn marks, or melting on your counter (and once you have these issues, they’re nearly impossible to fix seamlessly). Material like granite or Stellastone® will offer these kinds of heat resistances.
Next, you’ll want to consider the aesthetic appeal of your countertop.
What is your home’s overall aesthetic? Do you want your kitchen to look bright, sleek, modern, classic? These are important considerations to keep in mind when choosing your benchtop, as your benchtop will play a huge part in setting the tone for your space.
Marble, for example, is known for its unique beauty and luxurious appearance. In the same vein, Stellastone® can be customised to meet your style needs.
You will also want to consider the colour options that you’re looking for. Marble, for example, can come in various shades of brown, white, black, cream, and grey. Granite is also available in dark tones, medium tones, and light tones.
Finally, the resin in Stellastone® can be coloured to suit any style or look, and you can add specific colours of quarts and sand for a fully customised look.
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Finally, it’s important to consider the amount of maintenance that each benchtop material requires, and to pick the material that works best with your lifestyle.
Marble, on one end of the spectrum, is a high-maintenance, luxury material best suited for people that aren’t particularly prone to spilling on their counters or scratching them. Granite and Stellastone, on the other hand, are more durable benchtop options.
How can I find a reliable kitchen benchtop installer?
As we mentioned, the kitchen is the heart of the home – and the benchtop is the heart of the kitchen. It’s important, then, that you’re benchtop is professionally installed and built to last. You will want to find a professional with:
- The right licenses (to help secure you against any unforeseen issues or fraud)
- Special skills and specialisation needed to get the job done right
- Reasonable and honest pricing
Need help choosing the right kitchen benchtop for you?
Finding and installing a great kitchen benchtop is one of the easiest ways to update your kitchen and upgrade your home. That said, it’s important that you do your research and choose the right benchtop material (and the right installation team) to get the job done.
If you would like to learn more about our benchtop material options – or to get a quote for an installation – you can contact us directly on 08 9209 2620 or you can fill out a form here and we will get back to you promptly.