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Friday, February 27, 2015

Kitchen Worktops: Granite or Corian?

Just recently, we read a post about kitchen worktops. Today, we have another one stating a comparison between two worktop materials, the granite and the corian. This is another informative guest post from one of our friends!

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Modern kitchens are far more than a functional place tucked away where food is prepared. The modern kitchen is usually an open plan space more often than not and, even where it is not, it has become a key gathering place in any home.

Kitchen worktops play a vital part in the overall look of your kitchen and ultimately your home. A wide array of worktops is available on the market, but none is more desired than granite and Corian worktops. There are several differences between these two worktop choices and each has its own pros and cons.

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Granite vs Corian Kitchen Worktops and the Differences Between the 2

Materials
Granite has massive appeal, especially in high-end homes. It is a natural product mined directly from earth where nothing is added or removed in the process. It is cut into slabs, prepared and polished.
Corian, on the other hand, is man made and thus a synthetic hard worktop using binding resins like acrylic polymer and alumina try-hidrate as well as minerals.

• General Appeal
No solid surface material beats the sheen and depth that slab granite has. Corian is attractive in appearance, but will never match granite’s splendour.

• Heat
Slab granite has an extremely high resistance to heat whereas Corian does not. In fact, over exposure to heat will damage the finish on Corian while not on granite as it is sealed.

• Stains and Scratches
Slab granite is resistant to scratches, stains and chemicals as well as requiring less maintenance than Corian. Scratches and cracks are inevitable in Corian, but can be repaired, usually at a high cost. However, it is important that granite is sealed on a yearly basis while Corian does not as granite is porous and Corian non-porous.

• Selection
Slab granite is natural stone and thus the variety available is far less than in manmade Corian’s case. Corian is available in a wide variety of colours and styles. Corian also offers more accessories like integrated sinks and backsplashes.

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• Ease of Installation
Both these materials require expert installers like our expert installers at Kitchen Finesse to complete such an intricate job. Corian is easier to install, as it is less prone to chipping or breaking than slab granite.

• Cost
In general terms, granite is more expensive than Corian. The exact cost difference between slab granite and Corian differs and is very often comparable in price depending on the quality of granite or Corian you require.

 The Green Factor
Corian can be melted down and be used as a worktop again while this is not possible with granite. This has the effect that Corian is the greener choice between the two materials.

• Seams
The seams on Corian worktops are invisible as it is sanded and polished to create a seamless look. Slab granite has seams, as it is a natural product with natural irregularities in pattern. Our skilled team will however minimize the appearance of seams and make them less visible to the naked eye.

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• Return on Investment
When selling your house, slab granite will add more value to it than Corian and other hard surfaces. Corian is the second best choice after slab granite and has major consumer recognition.

In the end, it comes down to personal choice. Granite vs Corian kitchen worktops and the differences between the 2 only illustrate the pros and cons. It does not matter which one you choose, they are both excellent choices.

For more information on slab granite, Corian and other hard worktop advice, please contact us at Kitchen Finesse. We have been serving the UK mainland since 2007.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Choosing the Right Worktop for Your New Kitchen

When you are a mother, you would spend time not just in your work areas but even in the kitchen. We also make sure that we will be able to serve the kids and the entire family a healthy and delicious meal. Because of that, we love our kitchens. Our kitchen, being the heart of the home, isn't just a well organized area but is also clean and well-designed. Sometimes, we even opt for a makeover when we feel like the kitchen is no longer suitable to the way we use it. One feature of the kitchen that is important is the countertop or the worktop. So, today, we will learn about the different kinds of worktops that we can use for our kitchen. Take a look at this guest post where I added some lovely kitchen interiors!


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Selecting the best worktop for your kitchen is about more than just style or personal preference. Cost, functionality, and durability must be considered. Here are some surfaces that can help you with choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen.

Stainless Steel 



Professionals have fallen in love with stainless steel worktops because it it stain free, resists heat, and cleans very easily. Finger prints show up and scratches can be hard to cover or repair but it holds up well to the normal wear and tear of kitchen work. Its price tag means it's more affordable option and it is a great investment option too.

Silestone



Used in laboratories, doctor offices, in workshops, and in many other environments, silestone is a popular choice because of its resistance to stains and bacteria. Silestone is a durable choice that offers many colour options for those wanting a natural worktop in their kitchen. It can be a bit on the expensive side, but in most cases the surface lasts for many many years and is well worth the investment.

Plastic Laminate



Completely man made and fabricated in a factory, laminate worktops are becoming more popular every year. It can be manufactured in a wide range of customizable edges and finishes, making it easy to fit into any d├ęcor. When choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen, laminate seems like a good option, but for those who cook a lot it might not be the best option as it can be dented and scratched fairly easily.

Copper 



While it is not the most common option, a copper worktop is very easy to maintain, clean, and work on. It will react to certain things such as acids from foods and this can cause discolourations to the surface. Some people find that this adds to the charm and appeal of the unique looking surface and others find this to be a drawback. It can be expensive initially but the integrity of the metal itself will last a lifetime in most cases.

Tile 



Ceramic or stone tile is not just one of the most popular options for worktop surfaces, it is also one of the most affordable. Prices vary depending on the tile chosen but it by far one of the cheaper options. Tile is durable, and it is one of the few options available for a full DIY project. Grout can be hard to clean but many find that to be a more than air trade off for the versatility of tile.

Granite 



Granite is another popular natural stone that works well as a kitchen worktop surface. It comes in many different colours and patterns so you can likely find one that fits your kitchen remodel plans easily. When sealed, granite can be one of the most durable options available. Prices vary depending on the colour and pattern but when choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen this is a great option to consider.

Wood 



For some people, wood and worktops might not seem like a good match, but if you choose high quality wood and take care of the surface a wooden worktop can be a viable option. The price you can expect to pay can vary greatly depending on the type of wood you choose. Use care when cleaning as chemicals and cleaners can damage the surface, but with proper care wood surfaces can last for years.

It can be a challenge to find the right worktop for your needs, but choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen can be easier than you think if you know what to look for! The Ramsbottom Kitchen Company are the UK's leading kitchen installers and can help review these options in detail with you, providing the right choice and the right finish for your new kitchen. 


Image Source: 1. Turner Pocock 2. Woodale Designs Ireland 3. Caroline Browne Interior Design 4. Palm Design Group 5. Carlos Delgado Architect 6. Harvey Norman Architects 7. Sims Hilditch