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A common material used to make worktops is granite, however, this can be very expensive. Granite worktop alternatives exist to provide you with a cost-effective yet realistic emulation of the authentic material. In this blog post, we take a look at some of the characteristics of granite and suggest some alternative worktops that demonstrate comparable, if not superior qualities.

Advantages of Granite

Resilience and Durability

Granite is a very resilient material that is cut and polished to create a smooth surface. It is an igneous rock that forms naturally through the process of extremely high pressure and temperature followed by a period of cooling – resulting in a hard, dense and incredibly durable rock. Similarly, our black granite solid laminate worktops (pictured below) are constructed using high pressure and temperature to produce a highly durable work surface. This results in a worktop that is resistant to impact, wear and heat (to 180° for up to 10 minutes). Another quality that granite and black granite solid laminate worktops have in common is that they are completely waterproof – making them suitable for installing undermount sinks.

Aesthetic Appeal

Granite has a microstructure that is made up of numerous different large crystals such as potassium feldspar, quartz and biotite. This not only gives it an attractive granular appearance but also makes each piece unique – varying greatly in colour from black and white to pink and terracotta. When polished granite exhibits a gloss surface, which when combined with the intricate microstructure makes it perfect for using as a focal point in a kitchen.

Our selection of granite effect laminate worktops also demonstrates complex patination alongside a gloss finish. For example, the grey granite worktops (pictured above) emulate the popular speckled pattern and pale colouration of light grey granite whilst our black granite laminate worktops (pictured below) are predominantly black in colour with a more uniform pattern.

Disadvantages of Granite

Cost

Standard 3m granite worktops start from around £500 even before alterations or bespoke features are added. There are also additional costs of installation and delivery which when factored in greatly inflate the price of a kitchen makeover. Our granite effect laminate worktops start from £60 for a 3m worktop, saving you money to invest in other areas of your kitchen.

Installation

Granite worktop installation is a difficult task that not only requires specialist equipment but also highly skilled tradespeople. There is also a time factor involved when manufacturing granite worktops and if you require bespoke features, delivery can take several weeks. Granite effect laminate and solid laminate worktops do not require the same level of expertise during installation and can be fitted using a standard worktop router and cheap, easily accessible and installation accessories. We also offer speedy next day delivery on all of our worktops with a lead time for bespoke orders in as little as 5 working days, depending on the features you would like.

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As the trend for contemporary style kitchens continues to grow in popularity, so do worktops with a thinner profile. Thin kitchen worktops are becoming the go-to choice for contemporary cooking spaces and with that in mind, we discuss our latest decors in this blog post.

22mm Worktops

Our range of slimline 22mm worktops offers a contemporary option for your kitchen. We have a selection of laminate and solid wood surfaces to choose from meaning you can easily find the countertop to suit your style.

Super Matt Thin Worktops

Our range of super matt worktops offers a luxuriously smooth finish surface. The most attractive feature of these super matt surfaces is the anti-fingerprint coating – guaranteeing a countertop that remains free from marks and smudges.

Available in pure white and anthracite grey, super matt worktops are not only highly durable and practical, they also have a luxurious aesthetic – an ideal choice if you are looking to inject a touch of opulence into your kitchen.

Grey Quartz Laminate Worktops – Brasilia

Grey Quartz laminate worktops feature an eye-catching polished stone effect The combination of gloss finish and marled grey colouring creates a luxurious look, which is accentuated by the iridescent flakes.

Solid Oak Worktops

With plenty of classic charm, oak is an enduringly popular timber to use as a worktop and we offer these surfaces at just 22mm thick. This gives a more contemporary feel compared to the standard 40mm oak worktops. Oak is also naturally robust and durable, so is ideal for installing in a busy kitchen.

Solid Laminate Worktops

Ultra-thin Solid laminate worktops measure just 12mm thick and are constructed from numerous layers of laminate. As a result, they are an incredibly practical option as they are completely waterproof, resistant to a high level of heat and are durable against abrasion and impact. Combined with their stylish slimline appearance this makes them perfect for busy households looking to achieve a contemporary aesthetic in their kitchen. See some of our most popular solid laminate worktops below.

Concrete Solid Laminate Worktops

Concrete Solid Laminate Worktops

An excellent option for a contemporary kitchen, concrete effect solid laminate worktops have the effect of a gently worn concrete.

Caldeira Zenith Worktops

Caldeira Zenith Worktops

Feature a selection of grey tones, Caldeira Zenith solid laminate worktops are mottled with a warm, earthy terracotta shade and have a textured matt finish.

White Marble Solid Laminate Worktops

White Marble Solid Laminate Worktops

Offering the benefits of a stone surface with the practicalities of solid laminate, this marble effect worktop is the best of both worlds.

Magma Zenith Worktops

Magma Zenith Worktops

Magma Zenith solid laminateworktops combines the beauty of stone with the practicality of a modern solid surface.

View the full range of solid laminate worktops.

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