Kitchen worktops are among the most frequently used surfaces in a home. They act as a workstation where we prepare food and drink before serving them.
The room acts as a hub, which is why having a worktop that is built to last is key. However, even the most durable countertops will eventually show signs of wear and tear, prompting you to consider an upgrade.
Investing in a new one is no small purchase, so you’ll want to be sure it is the right time.
Here we explore different types of worktops, identifying the signs to look for that indicate that it may be time for a change.
Laminate is one of the most cost-effective choices when it comes to kitchen worktops.
Its relatively low price and wide variety of colours, patterns and finishes make it extremely popular. However, as with any purchase, you get what you pay for and laminate worktops are not renowned for their longevity.
Laminate is not the most durable material, and over time you will begin to notice cracks, scratches and chips on the surface.
This type of material is also more vulnerable to staining and burns, and a hot pan accidentally placed on the surface or a spilt cup of coffee risks ruining your worktop.
Once you begin to notice imperfections, it may be time to consider replacing it, perhaps with a more durable and long-lasting alternative.
Granite countertops should last around 15 years, or even longer, if cared for correctly. They will often be sold with a lifetime guarantee because they are so hard wearing.
However, despite granite's impressive longevity, there may come a time when you begin to notice problems. Once cleaning and polishing a worktop is no longer able to restore the surface to its former glory, you may need to consider having it resealed.
Even then, there may come a time when the resealing process is no longer a viable option and you will have to contemplate a replacement.
Granite worktops should last a long time, and if you do start to notice wear and tear it is best to speak to a specialist that can advise you on the most appropriate solution.
Quartz worktop manufacturers will typically provide a warranty ranging from 10 to 15 years.
It is often a more popular choice because it requires minimal maintenance. Quartz is a non-porous material, which means that it is stain-resistant and, best of all, will never require sealing.
However, despite its durability, quartz can discolour over time - particularly when exposed to UV rays from the sun. You may start to notice the areas of your worktop that are regularly in the line of sunlight will start to change in appearance.
Eventually, the aesthetic of your worktop will change irreparably and you will need to consider replacing it.
At Granite & Quartz Installations, we offer nationwide fittings along with a lifetime guarantee so that any scratches, chips or imperfections on our worktops will be handled by our in-house experts.
If you are looking to replace an existing countertop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.
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