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Oct 18, 2018

For the last in our series following our worktops from the forest to your front door, we have spent some time with Tim, our transport manager, to find out more about the people behind our in-house delivery service. Previously, we spent time with the fabrication department and the last thing they did was wrapping – this is where we will pick up with Tim, as the worktop is packed ready for transport.

1:32pm (day before delivery) – When the worktop orders are ready for delivery, we come to the warehouse to collect them. If the orders are coming from fabrication, they will be wrapped, if not they have to be wrapped, and then we pack them in our re-usable padding ready for transport. How do we know which worktops we need to pick and which orders are being loaded into which van?

Great question – you will find out shortly!

6:58pm (day before delivery) – Orders are loaded onto our vans so they can be distributed throughout the country to each depot, ready for delivery the next day. We have our own in-house delivery fleet which is fantastic as it means we can keep costs low and pass those savings to our customers. It also means we can ensure our commitment to the environment is upheld by planning the most efficient delivery routes possible.

12:37pm (day of delivery) – This van has arrived back from a morning of deliveries, so it will be loaded shortly. There are weight restrictions that we need to adhere to, to make sure our vehicles are safe. As we have our own transport, we are responsible for all the maintenance – ‘down time’ has to be booked in so that we can have all our vehicles on the road when we need them. This is a big job, with 7 depots throughout the country we need to make sure all the planning is done for every location. We are checking the oil and water levels on this vehicle before it heads out.

4:11pm – The first deliveries have been done and we are ready to head to the last address now – we just need to give the customer a call to let them know we are on the way.

4:38pm – We are at the customer’s house, right on time, and – like most of the worktops we deliver – these worktops are headed straight for the kitchen. They are fairly heavy and also pretty large, so two people are needed to lift safely. The kitchen is on the ground floor and there are no steps, so it looks like we can take this straight in. We take the reusable packaging off then the customer is given the opportunity to inspect the worktops without the wrapping before we leave.

4:52pm– Delivery done and we are headed back to head office to clock off – I hope you have enjoyed learning more about transport’s role in the journey our worktops take from the forest to your front door!

Oct 12, 2018

Here at worktop express, we are excited to introduce some more worktops to our range. We have chosen these brand new laminate worktops because of their beautiful aesthetics – each surface has a unique style that ensures it is suitable for a range of kitchen styles. In this blog post, we will take a look at Galaxy Gloss, Cascina Pine and Caribbean Stone laminate worktops in more detail.

Galaxy Gloss Laminate Worktop

This stunning worktop is guaranteed to create an eye-catching centre-piece in any kitchen thanks to the smooth, high shine finish and striking design. Perfect for a contemporary kitchen, this laminate work surface has been completely covered with glitter, for a sparkling and sophisticated impact.


Cascina Pine Laminate Worktops

Our Cascina Pine laminate worktops are perfect for creating a light and airy aesthetic in your kitchen. For a realistic effect that perfectly replicates the natural grain of wood, this worktop has a textured finish. The overall design allows them to fit particularly well in coastal and Scandinavian designs.


Caribbean Stone Laminate Worktops

Caribbean Stone laminate worktops have a high gloss finish which adds elegance to any kitchen. These surfaces have a realistic polished granite design, with beautiful shades of brown, that work well in contemporary kitchen styles. Smooth, sleek and reflective, this worktop is sure to transform your kitchen.

How Our New Laminate Worktops are Made

Just like all of our products, our new laminate worktops use only the highest quality materials. This makes them extremely durable and suitable for the busiest kitchen. The robust wooden particle board core is covered with a decorative and hardwearing laminate top layer using the process of high heat and pressure to bind the two elements together. The combination of quality materials and precision construction makes them a low-maintenance choice that is also easy to clean.

New Laminate Worktop Upstands and Splashbacks

To complete your kitchen, our new range also includes complementary laminate worktop upstands and splashbacks. These features not only look great, but they also help to protect your walls from splashes and stains – the perfect solution for a busy kitchen.

What are your thoughts on our new laminate worktop range? For more information about these new products or any of our other laminate worktops, please contact us. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates about our products.

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Oct 4, 2018

Solid laminate worktops are a sleek option for any contemporary kitchen – both Zenith worktops and our premium solid laminate worktops are popular choices with our customers. Considering solid laminate worktops but unsure which colours to use with your new kitchen worktops ? Here is our advice on which colour combinations work best.

Zenith Worktops

There is no doubt that Zenith worktops provide a strong statement for a contemporary kitchen and their design makes them perfect for combining with vibrant and rich colours.

Caldeira Zenith

With a selection of grey tones alongside mottled terracotta shades, Caldeira Zenith worktops look great when paired with Red Earth by Farrow & Ball. This earthy colour highlights the accents in the worktop, adding continuity of colour to your kitchen.


Farrow and Ball’s Red Earth will work perfectly alongside Caldeira Zenith solid laminate worktops.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

Rouille Zenith

Rouille Zenith worktops feature a striking worn copper effect which gives them a warmth. Adding to the theme by using an oxidised copper colour such as teal or turquoise is a bold move that will transform your kitchen. We recommend Farrow & Ball’s Vardo, a rich teal shade.


Farrow and Ball’s Vardo combines perfectly with Rouille Zenith solid laminate worktops.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

Magma Zenith

Magma Zenith worktops, have a slate grey colour which combines well with many different hues. We recommend choosing a rich purple for an opulent palette. A deep aubergine shade, Farrow and Ball’s Brinjal will create a bold and striking combination, adding warmth to the cool undertones of the work surface.

Magma Zenith solid laminate worktops look fantastic with Farrow and Ball’s Brinjal.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

Worktop Express Exclusive Solid Laminate Worktops

This collection of solid laminate worktops are exclusive to Worktop Express. They are available in variety of styles and so will match many different shades and hues.


Black Sparkle

With glitter and large iridescent metallic flakes set into a pure black surface, this Black Sparkle can be matched with any colour. We recommend a warm white – such as Farrow and Ball’s School House White – to create a dramatic contrast.

Farrow and Ball’s School House White will work perfectly alongside our black sparkle solid laminate worktop.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

Concrete

This concrete solid laminate worktop perfectly replicates the look of concrete and features a beautiful grey colour. Grey is well known for complementing a range of colours. Yellow would add a warmth so try Farrow & Ball’s Babouche.

Farrow & Ball’s Babouche perfectly complements our premium concrete solid laminate worktop.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

White Marble

White marble solid laminate worktops are great for adding opulence to a kitchen. Therefore, we recommend a colour that has an equal amount of lavishness. Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green is dark and lavish and will help to pick out the marble pattern.

Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green can be used to great effect alongside our white marble solid laminate worktops.

Credit : Farrow & Ball



This kitchen shows how effective a dark green colour, such as Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green, can be when used with white worktops.

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To find your perfect colour combinations for solid laminate worktops, visit our worktop visualiser. Let us know what your favourite colour combination is in the comments below. Our range is continuously expanding, so make sure you visit regularly so that you do not miss our new additions. Alternatively, join us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our latest products.

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Sep 28, 2018

Here at Worktop Express, we have a wide selection of work surfaces available. We have made buying kitchen worktops even easier, as we have updated our website to allow you to shop by style. Our new kitchen worktops page has a number of categories to help you find your work surfaces faster. Keep reading for an introduction to our new easy-to-use layout.

Shop by Colour

If you are undecided on your worktop material, but know the look you want to create, shopping by colour might be for you. Want to make a statement with a classic kitchen? Take a look at our black worktops. Considering an elegant design for your cook space? Our white worktops will be perfect for your home.

Shop by Style

Should you have a more specific idea of what you want, shop by style categorises our worktops by their décor. Each selection contains different materials – so if you are considering a stone worktop, our granite worktops, quartz worktops and marble worktops contain a range of laminate, solid laminate and Earthstone work surfaces. We have everything from square edge worktops to oak worktops, making it easy for you to find exactly what you want with ease.

Looking for Something Else?

You may be looking for something even more specific, which is why we have also grouped our worktops and accessories into easily shoppable categories. Whether you want a new bathroom worktop or you are looking for something for your breakfast bar, we have thought of everything.

We hope you enjoy buying kitchen worktops using our new pages to shop with us – if you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sep 14, 2018

From one region to another, design trends in the UK can differ almost as much as dialects. You might be wondering “what are the most popular worktops near me?” With that in mind, we did some research and compiled this list of which worktops are popular by city.

London

The capital city loves white Andromeda laminate worktops. With a high-shine finish, they are extremely contemporary and very low-maintenance, which makes them perfect for busy Londoners. White sparkle laminate worktops are ideal for monochrome kitchens and are versatile enough to combine with any colour.

This red phone box is almost as iconic as Big Ben.

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Birmingham

Birmingham has an industrial heritage which makes their most popular choice of worktop very apt. Luna Nero grey slate laminate worktops fit perfectly into an industrial design scheme. The grey shade can be combined well with many other colours which makes this worktop very adaptable.

The beautiful Victoria Square is located in Birmingham's city centre.

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Manchester

Our recently launched Zenith worktops are within the top 10 most popular options in Manchester, proving that this is a city that likes to be on top of the latest trends. Dark, luxurious timbers – like our Sapele, walnut, black oak and iroko worktops – are also a popular choice for kitchen surfaces in Manchester. Sapele is an exotic wood from Africa, which starts off rose colour and deepens to a rich chestnut. It is a wood that is incredibly hard-wearing and for this reason is an ideal choice for a kitchen worktop. Well picked, Mancunians!

Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United.

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Glasgow

Our customers in Glasgow love white Calcutta Marble laminate worktops. This elegant choice is perfectly suited to a neutral coloured kitchen where the white Italian marble design can be allowed to take centre stage.

The Clyde Auditorium and the SSE Hydro are instantly recognisable Glaswegian landmarks.

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Bristol

With so much beautiful art and design in Bristol, it is not a surprise that iroko worktops are a popular choice in this city – so popular, that only customers in London have purchased more of these worktops! Iroko is a hardwearing African wood that has a high oil content, making it naturally hygienic. With incredible colour and grain patterns, it really is a winning worktop.

The awesome Clifton Suspension Bridge spans Avon Gorge and the River Avon.

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Plymouth

Plymouth is a port city best known for its nautical history. Customers in Plymouth love oak worktops – like many other areas of the country, this traditional timber is a prevalent choice. Plymouth also has a high volume of our copper effect laminate worktops. The amount purchased is so high, that only customers in London have purchased more since January!

Smeaton's Tower is the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse in the world.

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Portsmouth

Portsmouth is another city with maritime connections. Our customers in this port love black American walnut worktops and who can blame them? The young wood is already dark and its shade will continue to deepen as it matures. An extremely sophisticated and eye-catching worktop.

The impressive Emirates Spinnaker Tower is 170 metres high.

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Cardiff

Zebrano worktops are popular with our customers in the Welsh capital – since January, they have purchased more of our deluxe zebrano worktops in particular than any other area in the UK. With dark stripes against a golden background, zebrano is a wild looking worktop that demands attention. Both dramatic and exotic, it looks beautiful alongside a neutral colour scheme.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is is the national stadium of Wales.

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Leeds

Our customers in Leeds favour square edge black Andromeda laminate worktops. This stylish black laminate worktop has an edge profile which makes it perfect for a contemporary kitchen. It provides a glamourous appearance and is low maintenance which the people of Leeds love.

Leeds Town Hall was designed by architect Cuthbert Brodrick and Built between 1853 and 1858.

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Do you live in one of these cities? If so, do our results match your worktops? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Is your city not mentioned? Are you still asking “which are the most popular worktops near me?” Comment below with your hometown and we will let you know.

Sep 4, 2018

Solid laminate worktops offer a contemporary surface option for kitchens, but they can also be used in other rooms of the house. Using them as solid laminate bathroom worktops is a prime example. The way they are manufactured makes them non-porous and waterproof, ideal for high humidity rooms, or spaces in which they will come into contact with water often. In this blog post, we take a look at which solid laminate worktops you could use in your bathroom.

The Ideal Bathroom Choice

Whether you choose one of our exclusive Worktop Express solid laminate worktops or a Zenith worktop, they both make excellent surfaces for bathrooms. Due to the high levels of moisture in bathrooms, it is important that the surface you choose is both hygienic, easy to clean and waterproof. These are exactly some of the benefits of solid laminate worktops. Solid laminate worktops are ideal for use in a bathroom because they are waterproof and non-porous. They are also incredibly durable due to their solid core which gives them an impermeable nature as well as resistance to wear, heat and impacts from blunt objects.

Exclusive Solid Laminate Worktops

Here at worktop express, we offer a range of solid laminate bathroom worktops that are exclusive to Worktop Express. Each worktop has a smooth finish which makes them easy to clean and at just 12mm thick, they are sleek and ideal for a contemporary bathroom design.

Black Sparkle Solid Laminate Worktop

Black sparkle solid laminate worktops offer you an eye-catching choice for your bathroom.

Black sparkle solid laminate worktops offer you a contemporary choice in any room of your house and will look great in a stylish bathroom. The matt black surface is eye-catching, in part due to the combination of large iridescent metallic flakes alongside the glitter. The result is an elegant surface for including in any sophisticated bathroom design.

Concrete Solid Laminate Worktops

Concrete solid laminate worktops not only offer you a contemporary surface for your bathroom, they also can be paired with a wide range of colours.

This concrete solid laminate worktop is a great choice for a contemporary bathroom and has a realistic look of gently worn concrete – the addition of a black edge makes it extra elegant. Grey is an incredibly versatile shade that can be used with a range of different colours, so whatever your colour scheme you can be sure that one of these solid laminate bathroom worktops will fit perfectly into your design.

Solid Laminate Zenith Worktops

Much like our exclusive range of solid laminate worktops, our Zenith worktops also come in a range of styles that are perfect for contemporary bathroom designs. This modern design is enhanced by 12mm thick edge which gives them a slimline look.

Rouille Solid Laminate Zenith Worktop

This Rouille solid laminate Zenith worktop has rich orange shades to give it the appearance of natural worn copper.

The warm copper tone of this solid laminate bathroom worktop makes this Rouille Zenith worktop a great choice for a modern bathroom design. Emulating the natural colour of worn copper, this work surface will take centre stage in any bathroom. They are stylish, contemporary and 100% waterproof.

Magma Solid Laminate Zenith Worktop

This Magma Zenith worktop has a realistic slate effect that makes it perfect for any contemporary bathroom design.

This beautiful Magma Zenith worktop has a realistic stone aesthetic, recreating the look of dark slate. It has all the beauty of the natural material and is more affordable and practical. It features varying shades of black and grey which can be combined with a wide range of other colours.

Caldiera Solid Laminate Zenith Worktop

This Caldeira Zenith worktop has earthy shades that give it an appearance of concrete or natural stone.

This Caldeira Zenith worktop features a multitude of greys to give it an appearance of concrete or slate. The beautiful earthy terracotta shades add a warmth whilst the matt finish gives the surface a lovely texture. This realistic stone appearance is ideal for a contemporary bathroom.

Solid Laminate Worktop Samples

This Zenith sample pack costs only £5 and will help you to decide which solid laminate bathroom worktops will suit your room.

Deciding which of these solid laminate worktops would suit your bathroom can be difficult, so to help you out we sell sample packs . Costing just £5, it contains examples of Caldeira, Magma and Rouille Zenith worktops so you can see first hand which one will work best in your bathroom.

We hope that this blog post has given you some inspiration and has helped you to decide which of our solid laminate bathroom worktops will work best in your room. Leave your thoughts in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to start a discussion. Do you have a solid laminate worktop in your bathroom already? Why not share your pictures too?


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Aug 30, 2018

If you have come to Worktop Express to buy a new work surface as part of a larger kitchen project, we would like to tell you about our sister brand. Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets was launched in 2011 following the success of Worktop Express and since then they have continued to provide superior quality solid oak kitchens at an affordable cost. Here is what else you can expect from them.

What Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets Offer

Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets offer a range of kitchens with doors in either a Shaker or a Traditional style. For a bespoke feel, you can select your perfect base, wall and drawer cabinets to suit your storage requirements. Cabinet doors can be lacquered, sanded or painted using a Farrow & Ball colour of your choice. There is also a huge range of accessories including handles and knobs, sinks, kitchen shelves, cutlery trays and more.

Interest-free Kitchen Finance

To spread the cost of your new kitchen over 12 months, they offer all qualifying customers interest-free credit on any kitchen order over £3,000. Simply visit one of the showrooms to purchase your dream kitchen and just pay a 25% deposit.

Kitchen Style Tool

The kitchen style tool allows you to visualise various combinations of cabinet doors, handles and worktops before you buy them. It makes creating your dream kitchen so much easier and with such as large range to choose from, you will be sure to find your perfect design. For additional ideas, visit their inspiration page to see what other customers have achieved in their homes.

Showrooms

We share our Worktop Express showrooms with Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, so if you have already visited one of our eight showrooms, you will have already experienced the beautiful and high-quality cabinetry that they have to offer. From Glasgow to Surrey, the showrooms are spread out across the country for your convenience.

Our sister brand’s cabinets and doors are manufactured at our very own Gloucestershire headquarters. This ensures that the same high quality that you have come to expect from Worktop Express can be achieved by them too. They also share our environmental concern, so the European oak that they use is always sourced from FSC certified forests.

Cabinets delivered fully assembled as standard

Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets’ carpenters use their years of experience and the latest technology to produce exceptional cabinets. Then, to save you time, they will be delivered fully assembled to your house by an in-house two-man delivery team.

To find out more about Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets and to view their product range, please visit solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk where you will also be able to view their contact page.

Aug 21, 2018

Love it or hate it, there is no denying that orange is a powerful colour. Much like yellow or red, an orange kitchen has a lot of energy that grabs the attention as soon as you walk into a room. It can be used to brighten a space and give it a happy and uplifting feel; however, it can be overwhelming if not carefully planned. If you are contemplating an orange colour scheme for your kitchen, make sure your worktops are complementary – we show you how in this blog post.

Dark

Black and orange create a powerful impact. In Feng Shui, these two colours have opposing energies and produce a flamboyant colour combination that adds elegance to any setting.

If you want a dark solid wood worktop to complement orange cabinet doors or walls, a wenge worktop is a great option. This African wood is an exotic option, so when combined with orange you create a dramatic look. Due to its durability, wenge is known as the timber equivalent of granite – perfectly combining luxury with practicality. Black oak is another dark wood that will add opulence to an orange kitchen.

Black laminate worktops are equally as effective when used with orange. Some have the effect of stone, like our black granite laminate worktop for example. This worktop features small grey flecks on a black background which helps it to integrate seamlessly into a contemporary kitchen. Lunar Night is another black laminate worktop that can be used to great effect in an orange kitchen.

The vibrant orange of the tiles stands out against the white worktop to create a dramatic kitchen.

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Light

Unlike black, which subdues the vibrancy of orange, white takes a step back and lets the warmth shine through. Laminate worktops, such as white Quartz Stone, do exactly this. White does not steal the attention from the shade, instead providing a neutral foundation that allows the vividness of the orange to steal focus. White is also a very clean colour and gives a freshness to a kitchen and helps prevent an orange colour scheme from being overpowering. Our white glass effect laminate worktop does this perfectly and the addition of a square edge gives it a contemporary feel.

Pure white solid wood does not exist in nature but there are several that have a very pale colour and deliver a similar effect. Maple worktops have a very light, honey coloured grain pattern. It also has a certain warmth which will complement orange. Bamboo is another very pale material that works well with the vibrancy of orange. The grain pattern is very regular and straight so will not detract from the vivid hue and works perfectly well in a contemporary kitchen.

Do you have an orange kitchen? If so, we would love to see which worktop you have chosen. Share your pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages or leave your comments below.

Aug 17, 2018

Choosing the right worktop is an important decision to make when designing a new kitchen. With so many different types available, why should you choose solid laminate worktops over the other options? In this blog post, we have compiled four reasons to consider these stylish worktops.

Looks

One of the main reasons people choose solid laminate worktops, like the ones in our Zenith range, is because of their ultra-slim 12mm profile. Compare this to the standard 38mm thickness of regular laminate worktops, which are more than three times the thickness, and you can understand why they are considered a more contemporary choice. All of our solid laminate worktops can also be paired with matching splashbacks and upstands to help you to achieve a stylish look.

Durability

The durability of a worktop is another factor that is of paramount importance. Due to their construction, solid laminate worktops are incredibly hardwearing. They are made by bonding several layers of kraft paper together and sealed with a robust laminate overlay. This ensures these work surfaces have several benefits over traditional laminate worktops – resistance heat, wear and impact from blunt objects up to 500g from a maximum 2m drop. In addition, they are also completely waterproof.

Cost

Offering the same benefits of a solid worktop, solid laminate worktops are comparatively less expensive and also easier to install. As they do not require specialist equipment to cut and install them, or templating, costs can be kept to a minimum. The further time this saves on installation also reduces costs if you are paying for a fitter.

Surface Features

Traditional laminates worktops are not waterproof, so features such as undermount sinks and drainage grooves are incompatible. Solid laminate worktops, on the other hand, are fully waterproof so both undermount sinks and drainage groves can be added without risking water ingress. Hotrods can also be added and will protect the surface from excessive heat. These features are all excellent options for a sleek, contemporary look.

Maintaining and cleaning solid laminate worktops is also incredibly simple. Requiring only a wipe with a weak solution of water and mild detergent, they can be cleaned in moments, saving you time and effort. This makes them a fantastic choice for even the busiest kitchen.

If you have any questions about why you should choose solid laminate worktops please leave them in the comments below. Head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share your photos or visit our Pinterest page for inspiration.


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Aug 7, 2018

Whilst viewing our laminate worktop pages, you may have noticed some certification symbols. Many of the laminate worksurfaces that we supply are FIRA Gold certified – but what exactly does this mean?

FIRA stands for Furniture Industry Research Association and they are an independent third-party organisation who offer a validation scheme for companies who manufacture furniture or kitchen items, or who provide an installation service for these products. FIRA awards FIRA Gold certification to products as recognition of their quality and, in turn, a company can use the mark to inform their customers of their high standards.

FIRA assesses each product by individually testing their performance levels. The results of these tests are then documented and upheld through regular audits, re-testing, and inspections. FIRA assess several factors such as mechanical damage, resistance to wet and dry heat, and chemical resistance. This exposes our laminate worktops to abrasion, impact, scrapes and scratches, a range of temperatures between 55°c – 160°c, oils, acids, bleaches, tea, and coffee.

As a customer, this gives you peace of mind because not only does it show that our products are outstanding, it also proves that they comply with all of the relevant legislation. Furthermore, as FIRA audits are ongoing you can be sure these standards are constantly upheld. FIRA Gold certification is a great indicator of the quality of a product, but you should not take our word for it. We offer two different laminate worktop sample packs that between them contain examples of all of our laminate worktops. Costing just £5 each, they provide a fantastic opportunity to see which style will work best in your kitchen whilst showcasing the quality of these surfaces.

If you have any other questions about our FIRA Gold certification, leave us a comment below.