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Worktops Fundamental to any kitchen is of course the worktop. Use this guide to help you choose. Granite, Quartz, Wood, Stainless steel, Corian, Laminate Solid granite is not only beautiful but extremely practical too: It has a higher resistance to heat than anything else and it will last forever. After all it already has!  We like it so much we set up a company just

for stone tops! www.caraco.co.uk  so we offer more choice than any other kitchen company! For our wooden worktops we use only prime European hardwoods, like beech, which come from sustainably managed forests. Wood is harder to keep looking pristine but, given time and a little regular oiling, will acquire a rich patina that just can’t be achieved with other materials.

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  Description Water resistance Heat resistance Cut resistance Damage resistance and durability Cost based on the sketch above
Laminate A thin but tough wearing layer on a particleboard core. Consistent colour. Not used with ‘Belfast’ type sinks. Good value for money. www.axiomworktops.com Excellent but take care at joints Good. 180c Fair. Sharp knives will damage the surface Fair. Difficult to repair £1300
Solid Wood Solid wood in a variety of timbers. Colour variable. Best with painted kitchens Poor. May warp and stain Poor. Hot items will mark Poor but kind to knives Scratches and marks easily. Can be repaired. Very durable if you like the ‘lived in’ look. Better used away from work areas. £1500-£3000
Quartz Solid ‘engineered stone’ based on 93% quartz particles bound with polyester resin. More consistent colour than natural materials. Works and behaves like granite but is tougher and non porous  www.caraco.co.uk 100% non porous. Difficult to stain Good. 180c Excellent. Will ruin your knives if you don’t use a chopping board Excellent. Small chips can easily be repaired. Very tough and durable £3,000-£5000
Stainless steel Very contemporary 100% Excellent Easily scratched Can dent. Goes uniformly grey in time but will last forever £4500
Granite The real thing. Hewn from the ground and 100% natural. Many colours and patterns. Each piece is totally unique and will vary from any sample so not advised if exact shades are important to you. Stunning looks.  Sealed against moisture ingress at the factory for life. www.caraco.co.uk Non porous when sealed (which we do). Excellent Excellent. Will ruin your knives if you don’t use a chopping board Excellent. It’s been around for 3 million years already so it will outlast you and me.  Can chip. £2500-£5000
Marble Normally considered too soft for kitchen worktops, marble is much admired in bathrooms. Many colours and patterns. Each piece is totally unique and will vary from any sample. Michaelangelo thought it quite nice. www.caraco.co.uk Marble is porous and will stain Excellent Fair. Sharp knives will damage the surface Prone to staining and damage by acids. Not recommended for kitchen tops £2500-£5000
Corian Solid surface with acrylic binder. Consistent colour and quality. The best material for forming into curves.  Can be jointed invisibly into seamless tops with integrated sinks. http://corian.co.uk/Corian/en_GB/homeo wner/index_homeowner.html 100% Difficult to stain Good. 180c Good. Sharp knives will damage the surface Excellent. Can be repaired and refinished. Perfect for wet areas £4000-£5500

 

Laminate

Description: A thin but tough wearing layer on a particleboard core. Consistent colour. Not used with ‘Belfast’ type sinks. Good value for money. www.axiomworktops.com.

Water resistance: Excellent but take care at joints.

Heat Resistance: Good. 180c.

Cut resistance: Fair. Sharp knives will damage the surface.

Damage resistance and durability: Fair. Difficult to repair.

Cost based on the sketch above: £1300.


Solid Wood

Description: Solid wood in a variety of timbers. Colour variable. Best with painted kitchens.

Water resistance: Poor. May warp and stain.

Heat Resistance: Poor. Hot items will mark.

Cut resistance: Poor but kind to knives.

Damage resistance and durability: Scratches and marks easily. Can be repaired. Very durable if you like the ‘lived in’ look. Better used away from work areas.

Cost based on the sketch above: £1500-£2500.


Quartz

Description: Solid ‘engineered stone’ based on 93% quartz particles bound with polyester resin. More consistent colour than natural materials. Works and behaves like granite but is tougher and non porous  www.caraco.co.uk

Water resistance: 100% non porous. Difficult to stain.

Heat Resistance: Good. 180c.

Cut resistance: Excellent. Will ruin your knives if you don’t use a chopping board.

Damage resistance and durability: Excellent. Small chips can easily be repaired. Very durable.

Cost based on the sketch above: £3,000-£5000.


Stainless steel

Description: Very contemporary.

Water resistance: 100%.

Heat Resistance: Excellent.

Cut resistance: Easily scratched.

Damage resistance and durability: Can dent. Goes uniformly grey in time but will last forever.

Cost based on the sketch above: £4500.


Granite

Description: The real thing. Hewn from the ground and 100% natural. Many colours and patterns. Each piece is totally unique and will vary from any sample so not advised if exact shades are important to you. Stunning looks.  Sealed against moisture ingress at the factory for life. www.caraco.co.uk

Water resistance: Non porous when sealed (which we do).

Heat Resistance: Excellent.

Cut resistance: Excellent. Will ruin your knives if you don’t use a chopping board.

Damage resistance and durability: Excellent. It’s been around for 3 million years already so it will outlast you and me. Can chip.

Cost based on the sketch above: £2500-£5000.


Marble

Description: Normally considered too soft for kitchen worktops, marble is much admired in bathrooms. Many colours and patterns. Each piece is totally unique and will vary from any sample. Michelangelo thought it quite nice. www.caraco.co.uk

Water resistance: Marble is porous and will stain.

Heat Resistance: Excellent.

Cut resistance: Fair. Sharp knives will damage the surface.

Damage resistance and durability: Prone to staining and damage by acids. Not recommended for kitchen tops.

Cost based on the sketch above: £2500-£5000.


Corian

Description: Solid surface with acrylic binder. Consistent colour and quality. The best material for forming into curves.  Can be jointed invisibly into seamless tops with integrated sinks. http://corian.co.uk/Corian/en_GB/homeo wner/index_homeowner.html.

Water resistance: 100% Difficult to stain.

Heat Resistance: Good. 180c.

Cut resistance: Good. Sharp knives will damage the surface.

Damage resistance and durability: Excellent. Can be repaired and refinished. Perfect for wet areas.

Cost based on the sketch above: £4000-£5500.

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