Choosing the right worktops for your kitchen might sound straightforward enough. But actually, it can turn into a bit of a challenge. It’s so easy to be influenced by trends, advised by friends or lose hours browsing on Pinterest. The main debate often centres on Solid Surfaces vs Laminate Materials. We’re often asked which is better. Well, we believe both surfaces can be suitable and sustainable within a home. The real question is - which is better for you and your home?
To find the answer, you need to lead with your head, not your heart, and ask yourself:
Price is the main concern for any project and is where many go wrong. The best thing to do is talk it over with the experts – our showroom staff. Think about the length of time you plan to stay in your house. The longer that is, then the more durable and upscale worktop you should buy - the “cost per year” becomes a bargain as the years pass.
However, don’t throw your money away, especially if you’re on a budget. If you love gadgets in your kitchen, then invest in these instead of a more expensive worktop. In our current kitchen ranges of Senses, Axiom, GetaLit and GetaCore, the cost difference is between £100 - £300 for solid surface and laminate products, so think about where your priorities lie.
Maintenance and use
Next, think of your lifestyle. Although maintenance on most worktops is minimal, not cleaning spills, knife scores and hot pad stains can cause permanent damage, or will at least be difficult to reverse.
Solid surfaces can stand the test of time, as they can be sanded down to remove any blemishes. However, if you’re busy with young children, it may be easier to go for a laminate surface until they’re a bit older.
Look and feel
If budget and maintenance can’t help you decide, how the worktop looks and feels is the true dealmaker. Texture, aesthetics, glossiness, “warmth,” natural appearance, touch and how it fits in with the design of your kitchen and home, will all contribute to your final answer.
While laminate surfaces offer far more design alternatives synthetically (woods, stone, print), solids are often seen as the more luxurious and classic option.
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Still deciding? Here’s a quick round up to the great Solid v Laminate debate.
However, all of the above can be avoided through proper installation and use.
You’ll find samples of all our solid and laminate kitchen worktops in our showrooms. To find your nearest branch, click here