So you’ve finally made the decision that those old and battered worktops need to be replaced, but which worktop material do you choose?

The problem with having all the options available to you is that you can easily be overwhelmed by the choice. Thankfully, there are three criteria you can use to help you narrow down and find the right choice for you.

Find a material that suits your home decor

First and foremost you are looking for a worktop that will suit your personal aesthetic. The interior design of your home is something that you have spent years cultivating by finding just the right pieces. Don’t let a worktop compromise your style just because it’s practical.

That being said, simply by replacing your kitchen counters you can transform the heart of your home, taking it from drab to fab or from vintage to modern. The main materials that you should be considering are:

● Laminate;
● wood; and
● stone – such as marble, granite or quartz.

Laminate is an interesting choice, and one that is relatively popular as it mimics the appearance of other materials. For those unfamiliar, laminate counters are made of woodchip with a thin laminate (plastic) sheet cover. The surface material comes in styles which look like rustic wood panels or materials such as granite.

Laminate owes much of its popularity to its affordability. But like all slightly cheaper things, it doesn’t last all that long. Thought it may look like wood or granite, laminate has none of the strength and resistance to damage that the real thing does. Though it is made to be reasonably durable, laminate can become burned, torn and chipped over time.

If you’re tempted to buy laminate styled like wood or granite, it’s worth noting that those qualities, such as the feel of a wood counter with its rustic charm and natural lines, cannot really be replicated.

Quartz and granite worktop specialists Modern Worktops note that “it’s often precisely those unique qualities – the different colours in the crushed stones and gradient shades that are only found in real stone, that close the deal for our customers”

Marble and granite worktops are an investment

How to choose a kitchen worktop

Materials like marble, granite and wood can all add value to your home. If you are raising children and know that you won’t be moving for a number of years then you may want to consider a material that will add value to your home.

Wood can last longer than laminate because damage to the surface adds character. Scorch marks from a hot pan and scratches from a bread knife give the wood memories and depth that can appeal to both homeowners and buyers. If you have a country home, real wood counters, like an aga, are a selling point.

Stone countertops, such as granite, come with a starting value that you could see reflected in the resale value of your home. London based estate agents iProperties say: “Prospective buyers can see when homeowners have invested in their homes. Many see it as a worthwhile added cost which has saved them renovating time and helped keep their kitchen looking presentable”

Cheap surfaces let you remodel rental houses

Your finances will always play a part in your renovations. You have the choice of saving for the bespoke kitchen worktop that you’ll adore, or you can find a cheaper alternative for now.

Laminate can be perfect if you want to refresh your kitchen on a budget or are looking to rent. Wood is a great way to make your home feel homely, but if you aren’t going to be around to enjoy it then is it worth it? Lastly, stone should be saved for an upmarket rental or if you are finally settled for the next ten years. Whatever you choose, make sure that above all else you’ll be happy with your new kitchen worktop.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post

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