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Picking kitchen worktops that work for you

Choosing between the seemingly endless styles of kitchen worktops can seem like a daunting prospect. However, the task can be made much simpler if you follow these straightforward guidelines, which will make your worktops really work well for you.

Kitchen worktops that work

Your first priority is to establish what kind of work you will be doing on your new surfaces. Durability is a key factor to consider, and if you're a hands on chef, then a material that will be able to cope with the endless chopping and dicing in the kitchen is extremely important.

Stone surfaces like granite and marble are the stand out choices when it comes to durability. Granite looks fantastic in both a matt or glossy finish and surfaces are very easy to clean.

However, stone does come at a cost as these materials are relatively expensive, but this choice can add to the value of your kitchen if you get the look right and are hoping to sell your property in the future.

Stainless steel is another extremely durable material which looks great in modern kitchens. It is easy to clean and gives a professional kitchen feel to the room for those wannabe Olivers, Lawsons and Ramseys.

Steel is susceptible to scratching, though, and can look dirty when fingerprints are clearly visible but with easy cleaning this is an issue that's certainly avoidable. Make sure you invest in a decent cleaning product for this surface because cheap ones won't provide that gleaming finish you imagine when you picture a brand new kitchen that uses this material.

For a more traditional look, wooden surfaces are a favourite as they are so versatile to use. There are hundreds of different stains and paints that can be used to get the most out of even the cheapest of wooden surfaces. A thick butcher's block can also provide a great looking worktop for your kitchen. These surfaces are less durable than stone or metal but worktops can be sanded and refinished to look like new.

Wood is the most affordable and environmentally sound choice and, depending upon the choice of wood, can work well in modern as well as more traditional kitchens.

If you think about what you are using your worktops for and stick to the confines of your budget, then selecting the right material won't be as daunting as you might initially think.

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