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Christmas is just around the corner and if you are looking to fit a new worktop before the big occasion you will need to know our Christmas delivery cut-off dates. As well as our standard service, we offer a fabrication service for bespoke worktops and there are different cut-off dates for each. Please see them below.

Standard items include any non-bespoke worktops or accessories.

Standard Items – 2Man Delivery.

Last Delivery: Thursday 20th December.

Order Before: 12pm Wednesday 19th December for delivery on Thursday 20th December.

Standard 2Man delivery service will also be available on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 31st December.

Our fabrication service can be used to create bespoke worktops. You can use our Online Bespoke Tool as a convenient way to order work surfaces customised to suit your needs.

Bespoke Service.

Last Delivery: Thursday 20th December.

Payment: 12pm Wednesday 12th December.

Confirmation of CAD Diagram: Thursday 13th December.

Completed bespoke orders can also be delivered on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 31st December.

If you are still not quite sure which worktops you would like, you still have time to buy samples, and you can also visit our showrooms for inspiration. Once you have decided, please remember to place your orders before the Christmas delivery cut-off dates to avoid disappointment. Contact us if you would like to find out more information about orders over the festive period.

Our collection of kitchen worktops features a number of Duropal designs. In this blog post, you can read a selection of our Duropal laminate worktop reviews to see exactly what our customers think of the worktops featuring these decors.

What do These Reviews Mean?

We want to ensure that the reviews that you read are honest, authentic and trustworthy, so we use the independent reviewing platform, Feefo, to collect reviews straight from the customer. With hundreds of reviews posted on site and an overall rating of 4.7/5, you can be sure that we continue to deliver high standards to our customers – both in terms of product and service.

Duropal Laminate Worktops Reviews

One happy customer wrote this about their new Duropal – Glacial Storm worktops.

“The service was excellent the delivery was as promised within 2 working days. Good product at an attractive price, fast delivery on time and great service at point of sale and in the Harlow showroom which I visited in order to inspect the product prior to ordering. Good job Worktop Express.”

Alistair had this to say about the Trebbia Stone Laminate Worktops and upstands.

“I bought my worktops and upstands from the Glasgow showroom and the staff there were absolutely brilliant. Best prices and excellent quality would not hesitate to buy here again. Many thanks for a first class service.”

Gill was equally pleased with the quality of our service as she was with the countertops.

“Lovely worktop. Great colour. Brilliant service.”

Ian was really happy when he bought his Duropal Ipanema Grey stone effect worktops from us.

“Good product very good condition and we are very pleased with them and now they are all installed the kitchen looks great.”

These are just a few of our Duropal laminate worktop reviews. Feefo reviews are present wherever we have customer feedback to display, so you can always see what other customers think of the surfaces you are considering for your own kitchen. If you need any help or advice choosing your new worktops, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kitchen worktops have to put up with a lot of use, which is why they are built to last – especially those from Worktops Express. However, there will inevitably come a time when you need to replace kitchen worktops. What signs should you look out for to suggest you need to upgrade them? We explore this topic in this blog post.

Cracks

When they get very old, solid wood and laminate worktops can occasionally crack, especially if they have been heavily used throughout their lifetime. Small cracks can be easily repaired – read about this in our guide: Repairing Minor Kitchen Worktop Damage: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide. Large cracks are not only unsightly, they are also unhygienic. Dust, dirt and food particles can become lodged and bacteria can accumulate. If your worktop is, or will soon be, in this state, consider replacing it.

Burns and Stains

Spills are inevitable in kitchens and unfortunately stains can occur if not promptly cleaned up. Red wine, coffee, beetroot and other juicy vegetables and fruit can permanently stain worktops. Burns can happen accidentally by setting down a pan without protecting your surface from the excessive heat. Small stains and burns can often be fixed – see our guide on Removing Stains and Discoloration on Wooden Work Surfaces. However, if you have tried to remove stains with no avail, consider replacing your worktop.

Aesthetics

Sometimes your worktop does not need to be physically damaged for it to be replaced. For example, you might be fed up of your current worktop’s style, it might be outdated or you might have moved into a new house and the worktop is not to your taste. These are all valid reasons to replace kitchen worktops.

Kitchen Update

If you want to update your kitchen but cannot afford to replace the cabinets and doors, buying a new worktop is a good choice. By replacing only your worktops you can rejuvenate your entire kitchen at a fraction of the cost. Replacing worktops is much quicker and easier than replacing a whole kitchen, and allows you to be back in and cooking in no time at all. If this is the option for you, we can create one to match the dimensions of your existing surface. Find out more in this information guide – How to Provide Correct Measurements for Bespoke Wooden Worktops.

Home Sale

You might want to consider replacing your kitchen countertops if you are selling your home, especially if they are dated. Many potential buyers prefer to move into a home with an updated kitchen, so by replacing kitchen worktops you could increase the chance of selling your home. It is a good idea to get the opinion of your estate agent first.

This information will help you to decide whether or not to replace kitchen worktops in your home. If you have any questions regarding any of our worktops, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Replacing a worktop can truly transform your kitchen, so it is important that the job is done right. In this blog post we give you some advice on how to find a kitchen worktop fitter that works for you. The main points to consider are:

Experience, Recommendations and Accreditations.

There are many different tradespeople available who will be willing to carry out your work, with options ranging from large firms to independent fitters. When approaching a fitter – whether independent or employed by a larger company – it is a good idea ask if they have done similar work previously. This will let you know if they have experience working with specific materials – asking to see their portfolio along with their references is also recommended. Looking for honest feedback from homeowners using websites like checkatrade.com and ratedpeople.com can be a good way to find impartial reviews. It is also worth finding out if they belong to trade associations such as the Guild of Master Craftsmen or the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA).

Quotes

We advise meeting at least three tradespeople to get like-for-like quotes. Ask if the quotes include materials, labour, subcontracting, VAT and removal of any old worktops, so you know that the price for the work includes what you need. Make sure that you get the quote from the person who has seen the job in person. Be cautious of any quote that seems very low as this could imply extra costs at a later date.

Payment Plan

Once a price has been agreed, you should receive a quotation followed by a written contract. This contract will include a payment plan which ensures that there are no miscommunications. For expensive jobs, the total value is not often expected to be paid up front – instead, a small deposit will be required with subsequent payments required through the fit. Sometimes a tradesperson may request money to cover the costs of materials, especially if it is a small or independent worker. This is important if your fitter is buying the worktop for you. Always ask which method of payment they prefer.

Follow-ups

On hiring a tradesperson, ask if they are happy to return to fix any problems that might have happened after the completion of the work. This arrangement might be in the contract or it could be an oral agreement. Either way, it is a good idea to check to see a guarantee is offered on the work being done.

If you follow this advice you will be able to find a kitchen worktop fitter that is not only suitable for the work you require but also that you are happy and comfortable with. Do you have some priceless advice of your own? Share your hints and tips in the comment below.

Kitchens vary from home to home and layout will depend on a number of factors, including lifestyle and the available space. If you are redesigning your kitchen, you may be wondering what the average kitchen worktop height and depth is. In this blog post, we answer this question.

The height of a kitchen worktop is dependent on the base units. Base units start from 870mm but can reach 1000mm in height and what is perfect for one person is not necessarily right for another. On average, kitchen worktops are around 900mm high but if you want to find the most ergonomic level for you, there is one tried and tested method. The height of the worktop should be level with the wrist bone. This gives the most comfortable height for the individual when carrying out common kitchen tasks such as chopping.

If you have a breakfast bar or kitchen island, the height of the surface will dictate how high seating should be. For a worktop height of between 890mm and 940mm, choose seats that are between 580mm and 720mm. Worktops between 1,040mm and 1,090mm should be paired with seats between 740mm and 820mm in height and for extra tall worktops of between 1,100mm and 1,190mm pick seats between 840mm and 920mm.

A situation where you might require a much lower worktop height is in an accessible kitchen. For wheelchair users, the height of the worktop will usually be 800mm with at least 76mm of knee space.

Typically, worktops are around 600mm – 650mm deep to accommodate base units. Our worktops are available in many different depths ranging from 600mm to 1,240mm – the larger sizes are well suited to kitchen islands. Whatever the size, any worktop depth can be reduced using an appropriate circular saw or extended using biscuits joints. Our worktops can be easily cut-to-size on site, however, our online bespoke worktop tool allows you to customise your worktop to perfection.

If you require any more information about average kitchen worktop height and depth, please do not hesitate to contact us. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, or head over to Pinterest for some inspiration.

Wood is one of the most widely used materials in the world due to its beauty, versatility and durability. The Janka scale organises wood by hardness and is one of the factors that is considered when creating pieces of furniture or, in our case, worktops.

The Janka hardness test measures the force needed to embed a 11.28mm steel ball halfway into a sample of wood.

Credit : wikipedia

What is the Janka hardness test?

Developed by Gabriel Janka, the Janka hardness test measures how resistant wood is to denting and general wear. To do this, a steel ball measuring 11.28 millimetres in diameter is driven into a piece of wood until it reaches halfway. The force required to do this is measured in pounds (lbs) or newtons which gives Janka hardness. Due to grain direction, this test can be conducted on both the surface of the wood (side hardness) and the edge of the wood (end hardness).

Comparing Our Solid Wood Worktops

Our solid wood worktops are available in a variety of woods including European, African and American species. Wenge is the hardest wood that we supply and birch is the softest. However, every single one of our timbers is of equal quality and is suitable for use as a work surface in any kitchen.

This table shows our different timbers arranged by hardness according to the Janka scale. At first glance, there might seem to be a big difference between the woods. In reality this difference is not so drastic, especially when you consider that the softest wood in the world, balsa, has a Janka hardness rating of 70 lbs. Even birch, our softest wood, is far harder than this.

Hardness

1,630 lbs (7,300 N)


1,575 lbs (7,010 N)


1,510 lbs (6,700 N)


1,450 lbs (6,450 N)


1,380 lbs (6,450 N)


1,320 lbs (5,900 N)


1,300 lbs (5,783 N)


1,260 lbs (5,600 N)


1,220 lbs (5,410 N)


1,210 lbs (5,380 N)


1,120 lbs (5,000 N)


1,010 lbs (4,500 N)


995 lbs (4,430 N)


960 lbs (4,280 N)


910 lbs (4,000 N)

Species

Wenge


Zebrano


Sapele


Maple


Bamboo


Ash


Beech


Iroko


Walnut


Black oak


Oak


Black American Walnut


Cherry


Rubberwood


Birch

Explaining Hard Wood and Soft Wood

The terms softwood and hardwood seem self-explanatory – unfortunately, this is not the case. Softwood refers to timber that is harvested from conifers, including pine, whereas hardwood comes from broadleaf trees like oak, ash and maple. These terms can cause confusion, but essentially, they have nothing to do with the hardness of the timber. In fact, some softwoods are harder than some hardwoods.

Using the Janka Scale to Choose Your Worktop

When choosing a worktop for your kitchen, timber hardness might not be your predominant variable. You might be more interested in the colour or the grain pattern of the wood. The Janka scale is worth keeping in mind though, especially if you have narrowed your choice down to two or three worktops.

All of the worktops that we supply are suitably hard for use in even the busiest of kitchens. Wenge is a very dense, dark wood that works particularly well in contemporary kitchens. Birch, on the other hand, is much lighter, both in terms of weight and colour and is appropriate for a more traditional kitchen.

Now you know how the Janka scale relates to the timber we supply. If you would like to learn more about our solid wood worktops, why not browse our wooden worktops information guides. Alternatively, you could leave your thoughts in the comments below or head over to Facebook and Twitter for inspiration and ideas.