There are several different types of kitchen worktops and at HKS we can supply any type required, whether as part of a complete new kitchen installation or just simply a worktop replacement. Our designers and sales staff will be happy to discuss the various benefits of different worktops in one of our showrooms, although the following information may be useful:
A natural stone worktop adds elegance and beauty to a kitchen. Granite is the most popular of stones for a busy, hard-working kitchen due to the hard and durable nature of the stone. The price of granite can vary considerably depending on the type, and this is all down to how readily available a particular granite is to quarry. Once you have selected a granite we are happy for you to visit the importer to pick out an individual slab of granite for your kitchen. HKS fabricators source the highest quality granite and fit it to an extremely high standard.
Broadly speaking there are two main types of composite worktops: Man-made acrylic or engineered stone.
- Man-Made Acrylic-Based worktops such as Corian or Mistral offer different qualities to stone tops. They have a warmer feel and they can be easily shaped, seamlessly joined and fully repaired ‘in situ’. Corian in particular, offers design possibilities that few other worktops can offer: coved upstands, moulded sinks, moulded window cills…..and all with virtually invisible seamless joins! Corian is non-porous, stain-resistant and extremely hard-wearing; it really does stand the test of time. Corian is available in over 100 colours and offers a 10 year warranty against fabrication and installation defects.
- Engineered Stone worktops have a similar feel to granite but are generally harder-wearing and non-porous. These worktops are made using Quartz particles mixed with an acrylic resin and as such they are extremely hard and durable. They offer a lasting lifetime finish and require no extra sealing or treatment. There are many different colours to choose from and HKS have samples for Silestone, Okite, and Cimstone worktops.
- Dekton - Dekton is the next level of engineered stone. It is completely resistant to stains, heat and scratching! Imagine being about to put a hot pan directly down on your worktop without fear of damaging it. Call into one of your local HKS showrooms for more info.
Wood worktops give added character and warmth to a kitchen. We supply and fit first grade timbers including Oak, Walnut, Maple, Ash, Cherry and Iroko. Whether you want wood for all your kitchen worktops or just in an island or dresser area, our experienced designers will be able to suggest what will look best and be most practical for your particular lifestyle.
Laminate worktops are the most cost-effective type of worktop and have been used widely for many years. There are many colours to choose from and providing you choose a quality manufacturer they can be hard-wearing and last you a long time. HKS are happy to recommend Duropal, Axiom or Mobalpa worktops as they are all of a very good quality.
Please call into one of our four showrooms for more information.