The worktop is the essential element of the kitchen. It must be functional and decorative, but to do this, it must be designed in an ideal material. Depending on the style of your room, your budget but also your way of cooking and your tastes, we have listed for you the advantages and disadvantages of each material to help you choose the best combination for your kitchen. All you have to do is take the plunge!
The laminate worktop
This remains the most popular material in the kitchen, and for good reason, it is very resistant while being inexpensive. This type of surface resists heat as well as shock, comes in a multitude of colors or effects and is very easily cleaned using a damp sponge. On the other hand, it is not the material that will hold the best in time and it will never be as pretty as a more noble material like solid wood or marble.
The wooden worktop
It gives a crazy charm behind the stoves. In a rustic and warm style or brought up to date in Scandinavian cuisine, it will naturally skate over time. Its grooves are a guarantee of quality and durability whatever the type of wood (oak, walnut, pine, bamboo ...) and it is more practical for cutting. But to have a nice look, you will need elbow grease! Indeed, the wood must be fed regularly with linseed oil.
The granite worktop
It is ideal for large families and rowdy children! Robust and timeless, neither heat nor stripes scare him. Small flat, it is to be preferred in a large room because it remains imposing. But it is nonetheless aesthetic since it can be polished or display different effects. On the maintenance side, it will only support a little soapy water on a sponge. It remains much less expensive than a quartz or natural stone worktop.
The glass worktop
It is THE most modern and decorative material for the kitchen. Regarding maintenance, it gets tougher because you have to be careful not to scratch your surface. Use soft cloths and non-abrasive products such as cleaners specific to ceramic hobs. Avoid this material if you are manic or if you have several children because you will not escape fingerprints!
The stainless steel worktop
For lovers of professional kitchens, stainless steel is ideal because it remains one of the most hygienic materials. However, it is easily scratched and can quickly be overgrown with lime or lose its luster if it is not maintained very regularly.
The concrete worktop
The concrete worktop is very trendy this year and will be less expensive than a marble or Corian surface. It's up to you to choose the finish you prefer (poured, brushed, waxed, etc.) and varnish it to avoid stains because this material is naturally porous. In the same style, there are also worktops in Corian, resin or even marble in the most luxurious interiors.