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If you are looking to update your kitchen you might be considering replacing your current countertop with a laminate worktop. But are laminate worktops any good? We explore this question in more detail.

Practicality

If you are looking for a work surface that is practical then laminate worktops are a great choice. Maintenance is minimal and they can be cleaned easily in seconds with just a soft cloth and warm soapy water.

Value

If you are looking for a work surface that is excellent value for money then laminate worktops are the perfect choice. Starting at just £60, they are an inexpensive solution that does not sacrifice quality.

Durability

If you are looking for a work surface that is robust and durable then laminate worktops are a good option. Just because they are less expensive than alternatives does not make them any less hardwearing. A practical solution for busy kitchens, laminate surfaces are constructed from a high-grade composite wooden particle board core and wrapped in a tough laminate top layer resulting in a long-lasting and water-resistant worktop.

Style

If you are looking for a work surface that is stylish then laminate worktops are the ideal solution. Our ever-expanding range offers you a choice of decors – from those that emulate natural materials, such as marble or wood, to those that are purely decorative like our Andromeda sparkle range. Either way, our collection is diverse and suitable for a range of kitchen designs.

Versatility

If you are looking for a work surface that will suit any kitchen then you should consider laminate countertops. As mentioned above, our range of decors makes them perfect for a variety of kitchen settings – not only this but we also offer a laminate worktop cutting service. This means that our laminate kitchen countertops can literally fit into any kitchen.

So, are laminate worktops any good? It depends. If you are looking for a work surface that is practical, durable, stylish, versatile and excellent value for money, then yes, absolutely. Still unsure if these countertops are the right choice for you? Ask your questions below or contact us to find out more information. Alternatively, drop into your local showroom or order a laminate worktop sample pack online to experience them first hand.

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In order to keep your kitchen countertops in the best possible condition, they need to be well cared for. Luckily, we have a range of products that have been tried and tested for oak worktop protection so that you can minimise the risk of damage from heat, moisture and scratches.

Heat protection

Kitchens and heat go hand in hand, which is why adequate heat protection is a necessity. It is easy to forget that a pan is hot and sometimes you can put it down on a worktop without thinking. Stainless steel hotrods are an elegant and practical solution to avoiding burn marks on your countertop. Essentially, they are a trivet that has been integrated into the surface of the worktop. Here you can see the linear formation however they can also be arranged in a diamond pattern.

Scratch Protection

Although durable, continuous chopping directly on an oak worktop can cause scratches and chips. Solid wood chopping boards offer valuable protection whilst you are preparing your meals – it is also more hygienic too. For something even more robust that is suitable for direct cutting and meat preparation, end grain butcher blocks are fantastic. Their construction and 100mm thickness make them ideal for demanding situations.

Stain Protection

Regular oiling should be an essential part of your kitchen worktop maintenance regime, regardless of the timber. We recommend using Danish oil, which has been specially formulated to protect your worktops and help them last longer. Without regular oiling, the surface is vulnerable to staining which looks unsightly and can lead to additional problems. In this image, you can see the benefits of oiling.

Cupping and Bowing Protection

One of the main reasons for cupping and bowing is through incorrect fitting causing restrictions to the natural contraction and expansion of timber. It is important to use a worktop installation kit and ensure your surface is fitted correctly. Each kit contains:

  • TCT router cutter
  • 3 x worktop connector bolts
  • 10 x slotted brackets
  • Worktop sealant
  • Woodscrews

Moisture Protection

Much like heat, moisture – which is the cause of a lot of damage to worktops – is found throughout a kitchen. Light spills that are cleaned up quickly will not cause an issue, especially if you regularly maintain your worktops with oil. However, moisture from appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers can prove more problematic – which is why it is important that your worktop is protected sufficiently. That is where moisture barriers come in useful – they prevent any excessive water build up directly affecting worktops.

Worktops fitted above washing machines, dishwashers and tumble driers need to be protected with a moisture barrier.

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Have you used any of these oak worktop protection methods in your kitchen? Did they avert an accident? Leave your comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more great inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

Kitchen splashbacks are an excellent way to protect your walls from splashes and stains. Our range of patterned splashbacks do exactly that but also offer a way to introduce beautiful aesthetics to your cooking space. In this blog post, we take a look at how to style these decorative and functional kitchen features.

Victorian Mosaic Tile Splashback

Featuring a collection of elaborate charcoal grey patterns, Victorian Mosaic tile splashbacks are suitable for traditional kitchen styles. The monochrome shade is incredibly versatile, allowing it to be used in a range of colour schemes. Here you can see it paired with our walnut worktop, and the combination of dark work surface with pale splashback is highly effective.

Geometric Tile Splashback

Our Geometric tile splashback is unmistakably contemporary. The hexagonal dark grey on white design catches the eye and creates a focal point for your kitchen. Although you could combine it with any solid wood or laminate worktops it is particularly dramatic when matched with slimline solid laminate worktops – in this case Rouille Zenith.

Herringbone Tile Splashback

A stylish choice for contemporary and traditional kitchens alike, this Herringbone splashback has a rustic wood effect tile pattern. Here it complements a solid wood worktop but you could also pair it with wood effect laminate worktops for a similar result.

Alternative Options

One of the nice features of these patterned splashbacks is that they are double-sided and feature the same design but in a paler colour. Have a look at their reverse sides below. Which do you prefer?

The reverse sides of the Victorian Mosaic, Geometric and Herringbone patterned splashbacks.

Aside From Aesthetics, Why Consider These Splashbacks?

As well as being reversible, each one of these splashbacks is easy to fit – saving you time and effort during installation. The decorative laminate top layer covers a robust 9mm thick fibreboard ensuring durability. Unlike tiles, which require mortar and grout, these tile effect splashbacks are much cleaner to install and maintain, simply requiring a wipe with a damp cloth.

Which of these splashbacks would look great in your kitchen? Leave your comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more great inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

These splashbacks not for you? Take a look at our other kitchen splashback ranges.

Every year since 2000 Pantone have released a colour that relates to the spirit of the age. Their colour of the year 2019 is Living Coral – an enlivening pinkish orange hue that, although vibrant, exhibits mellow characteristics. This allows it to be used in a variety of designs. In this blog post, we examine which worktops complement Pantone’s choice for 2019.

Black Granite Solid Laminate Worktops

Black granite solid laminate worktops perfectly complement Living Coral.

Our black granite solid laminate worktops, with their dark colour, beautifully complement Living Coral. In this combination, the warm shade is accentuated, resulting in a welcoming and cosy kitchen. Pantone describe the colour as optimistic, which in some respects explains why it is the perfect companion to black – it offers a well-balanced colour scheme.

White Marble Solid Laminate Worktops

The colour of the year 2019 works particularly well with white marble solid laminate worktops.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are our white marble solid laminate worktops. This combination creates a light and airy kitchen whilst the slight golden undertone of Living Coral adds warmth and stops it from feeling too cold. Both the colour of the year and these worktops work well in contemporary kitchens whether utilised on walls or on cabinet frontals.

Grey Sparkle Solid Laminate Worktops

Grey is a very versatile colour that can be pair with Living coral.

Grey worktops not only form a stylish foundation for any modern kitchen, their colour means that they are compatible with many shades and hues – including the colour of the Year 2019. In many ways, Living Coral is the exact opposite of grey. It delivers high-spiritedness and buoyancy and by combining it with grey you can create a beautiful aesthetic in your kitchen.

Deluxe Wenge Worktops

The luxuriously dark shades of wenge make it the perfect worktop partner for Living coral.

Deluxe wenge is a luxuriously dark solid wood which features a black and brown grain pattern. This natural opulence combines perfectly with Living Coral and results in a unique colour scheme. By complementing the deep hues of wenge, the lightness of the colour of the year makes a dramatic statement.

Mint Green Glass Effect Laminate Worktops

The oceanic colours of glass effect laminate worktops beautifully complement Living Coral.

Glass work surfaces are well suited to contemporary kitchen design and the glass effect laminate worktop is no different. Mint green in colour, it complements Living Coral perfectly and creates an oceanic colour combination, much like what Pantone intended. The result is a natural feel that adds tranquillity to a kitchen.

Cream Laminate Worktops

Allow Living Coral to shine by pairing it with a contemporary neutral worktop.

Another way to achieve a natural look in your kitchen is by using a contemporary neutral colour, such as this cream laminate worktop. This shade allows Living Coral to take centre stage and shine through. This laminate worktop has a subtle dappled pattern which gives it an almost sandy or stony appearance.

These are just a few of the possible worktop combinations available. Please browse or site for more inspiration. Which worktop would you use along side Living Coral? Leave your comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for even more great inspiration or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

Here at Worktop Express we have had a great 2018 and we are very excited about what the coming year will bring. In this blog, we take a look back over 2018.

We launched a variety of new products, including our solid laminate worktop range. These include Zenith worktops and our own exclusive solid laminate worktops that have been designed especially for us and our customers. Our solid laminate surfaces offer a sleek, luxurious option with the practicalities of a traditional laminate worktop, so they are easy to cut and install.

A whopping 14 new laminate decors were added to our range, featuring a selection of designs – from our realistic grey granite Dolomite worktops to striking red sparkle Andromeda with plenty of wood effect worktops – like our Arlington oak – in between.

Most recently, we introduced three fantastic new patterned splashbacks. These Herringbone, Victorian Mosaic and Geometric Tile Splashbacks are all reversible and perfect for protect your walls whilst adding a contemporary design to your kitchen.

As 2019 gets underway, we plan to continue expanding our ranges and making our website more user-friendly in order to help you find your perfect worktop – watch this space.

Thank you to all of our customers and regular readers of the Worktop Express blog. We hope that your 2019 is prosperous and enjoyable.

As the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, there are a number of ways in which a worktop can become damaged. In this guide, we will look at how to remove super glue from countertops safely, without causing further problems with the worktop.

Whilst we would not usually recommend using acetone on your laminate worktops, it will cause the fibres in the glue to break down. Acetone can be found in a number of household cleaners but is most commonly present in nail polish remover. Check the ingredients carefully to ensure yours has acetone before following the instructions below.

  1. Apply your nail polish remover to an old rag.
  2. Apply to the area of glue on the worktop, leaving to soak in for a few minutes until the edges of the glue become loose.
  3. Use a putty knife to get underneath the glue and lift it off of the work surface, taking care not to chip the top in the process.
  4. Scrub any remnants of the super glue away using a scourer and some more acetone.

It is important that acetone is used until the glue is loose, or there is a risk that the worktop will be chipped during the process. If you do chip your worktops when removing super glue from them, please visit our guide on repairing chips in laminate worktops.

The big day has finally arrived and we would like to wish you the best for the festive season and upcoming new year. We hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and that if you have bought worktops from us this year you are making good use of them over the holiday season.

As the new year approaches, now is a great time to think about changes. New worktops – whether solid wood, laminate, solid laminate or Earthstone – are a great way to refresh your kitchen for 2019. If you have not bought a worktop but are planning to, why not visit one of our showrooms for inspiration once you have finished your festive celebrations?

Our Showroom Christmas Opening Hours

Dec 25th – 26th: CLOSED

Dec 27th – 29th: 09:00 – 17:00

Dec 31st: 09:00 – 17:00

Jan 1st: CLOSED

Jan 2nd: 09:00 – 17:00

For Camden, our opening hours are slightly different:

Camden Showroom Christmas Opening Hours

Dec 21st: 09:00 – 13:00

Dec 22nd – 26th: CLOSED

Dec 27th – 29th: 09:30 – 18:00

Dec 31st: 09:30 – 18:00

Jan 1st: CLOSED

Jan 2nd: 09:30 – 18:00

If you cannot get to our showroom, use our worktop visualiser to see what your favourite worktops will look like in your kitchen.

Thinking of ordering over the festive period? Check out the Worktop Express Christmas Delivery Cut-off Dates to find out when your order will arrive.

We wish you a happy Christmas and a joyful new year. Best wishes from everyone at Worktop Express.

It is important to select the right worktop for your kitchen. Choosing between solid wood worktops and wood effect laminate worktops is a challenging decision because there are many differences between the two – price and maintenance requirements for example. Although wood effect worktops are a near perfect replication of timber, solid wood will go through changes so, ultimately, there will be differences in the style and colour. In this blog post, we compare the visual differences between wooden and wood effect worktops to help you make an informed choice.

Solid Oak and Oak Block Laminate Worktop

Worktops made from oak are enduringly popular. This classically charming wood is ideal for a traditional design scheme, but also looks great in contemporary kitchens. Solid oak worktops darken as they mature. Oak block laminate worktops do not share this quality and maintain their lightness throughout their life. Both have exquisite grain patterns that add beautiful character to any kitchen.

Solid Walnut or Walnut Block Laminate Worktop

Solid walnut worktops perfectly blend beautiful colour variation with a unique grain pattern for a naturally decorative, yet robust work surface. Walnut block laminate worktops combine affordability with durability and low maintenance whilst still retaining the beautiful character that people admire. With a slightly more noticeable grain pattern, the laminate option has plenty of its own charm.

Solid Black American Walnut or Black Walnut Laminate Worktop

Naturally striking, black American walnut is luxurious, rich and exquisite. Like the majority of timbers, the deep colour darkens as it matures. This rich colouration makes it suitable for a contemporary and sophisticated kitchen. Black walnut laminate worktops are similar in colour to the authentic wood and therefore make an equally eye-catching feature. The stunning grain pattern in particular provides a timeless beauty.

Solid Cherry or Cherry Block Laminate Worktop

Solid cherry wood has a unique colouration. The slight red tinge gives worktops made from this timber a beautiful golden hue, making them ideal for adding a warm and welcoming feel to your kitchen. Cherry block laminate worktops share the characterful tone of the real wood but are slightly darker. The grain pattern is a little more distinct too, adding yet further interest to your kitchen.

Solid Beech or Beech Block Laminate Worktop

Beech worktops, both authentic wooden and wood effect laminate work surfaces, are ideal for adding a light and airy touch to your kitchen. The solid timber surfaces are slightly darker and exhibit a delicate grain pattern, whereas the grain in the laminate counterpart is more prevalent. Beech is a wonderful wood to use in either traditional or contemporary kitchens and is a great alternative to oak.

There you have it – wooden and wood effect worktop styles compared. Which would you choose and why? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for more inspiration.

Here at Worktop Express, we have enjoyed writing exciting worktop related content for you over the last year, so much so that we thought we would share your favourites. Here are 10 of the most popular blog posts written for Worktop Express in 2018.

Unicorn-inspired kitchens were one of 2018’s most popular trends.

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Pinterest Favourites: Creating a Unicorn Kitchen

A huge trend for 2018, our post about unicorn-inspired kitchens – featuring pastel colours, sparkles and pink and gold kitchen accessories – was our most popular post this year. If you would like to create a unicorn kitchen in your home, this is the post for you.

What is the Average Kitchen Worktop Height and Depth?

No two kitchens are the same and if you are redesigning your kitchen, you might be wondering what the average kitchen worktop height and depth is. In this popular blog post, we take a look at the factors that determine the height of a worktop.

This multifunctional trough can be used for anything from chilling oysters to growing herbs.

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Unusual Worktop Cut-Outs: Ideas for Your Kitchen

Advances in technology allow us to accommodate many imaginative worktop alterations. In this blog post, we discover some of the most unusual worktop cut-out ideas for your kitchen – from hidden plug sockets to handy herb gardens.

Dark Grey Worktops for Contemporary Kitchens

Grey has been a popular neutral shade for some time now and as it works with every other shade imaginable it is easy to understand why. In this blog post, we took a look at the range of dark grey worktops we offer. Perfect for contemporary kitchens, this blog is ideal if you need help choosing between the choices available.

How to Style Your Laminate Grey Oak Worktop

Back in January, we showed you how to style your laminate grey oak worktop for both contemporary and traditional kitchen designs. Whether you are planning a complete remodel or just giving your kitchen a fresh look, this post gives you plenty of inspiration for your kitchen.

From Forest to Front Door: Purchasing

The first in our ‘From Forest to Front Door’ blog series was published in February 2018 with an in-depth look at our purchasing process. In this post, we follow our purchasing manager Lisa, as she talks us through an average day at Worktop Express.

Want to Make Wooden Furniture Using Our Worktops?

Do you want to make wooden furniture using our worktops? These customers did exactly that. From hallway coat hooks to office desks, read this post for some inspiration on alternative uses for our worktops.

3 Dark Sinks Perfect for a Contemporary Kitchen

Installing a dark sink into your worktop is perfect if you have a contemporary kitchen. In this blog post from February 2018, we took a look at three dark sinks for a contemporary kitchen. Which one would you fit in your kitchen?

Need Help Finding Your Worktop Weight?

Whether you choose solid wood, laminate or Earthstone worktops, most weigh between 35 and 85kg. Finding sturdy enough support and resources is vital for installation. In this blog post, we take a detailed look at the finer points.

Choosing a Worktop for Your Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Here at Worktop Express, environmental issues are always at the forefront of our minds. Creating an eco-friendly kitchen was also something that our blog readers valued in 2018. In this post, we show you how to choose a worktop for your environmentally friendly kitchen.

We hope that you have enjoyed our blog posts during 2018. Was your favourite in the 10 most popular posts? Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date.

To give you a little insight into what goes on behind the scenes, we wrote a blog series about the processes that get your worktops from the forest to your front door. In this blog post, we give you the whole story – from purchasing to delivery.

Purchasing

As an environmentally responsible company, we take sustainability incredibly seriously. Our timber comes from responsibly managed sources and we ensure that we are involved with the supply chain at every stage. By doing so, we can ensure that our products are of the highest-quality. Here you can read more about our purchasing process from Lisa, our purchasing manager. Read more about purchasing.

Sales

We want to ensure that we provide customers with the support they need, be it advice, information about our products and service or help with an order. This is where our sales team comes in. In this section, we follow one of our sales managers, Jade, as we take a look at the work that goes into delivering the best service to our customers. Read more about sales.

Fabrication Sales

Here at Worktop Express, we offer a fabrication service which allows you to create your very own bespoke worktop. We are proud of this service as there is a lot of work that goes into each bespoke order and providing our customers with exactly what they want is of paramount importance. In this section, we follow Christina and Mia, the fabrication sales team, as they explain what is involved. Read more about fabrication sales.

Fabrication

Our fabrication sales team send bespoke orders through to our fabrication team. This stage has many processes involved. We spent some time with Marcin, the Director of Technical and Quality. He oversees our fabrication department and ensures that the products that we deliver are the best possible quality. Read more about fabrication.

Delivery

The final stage is delivery. This is a vital part of our process and getting it right ensures that our customers are happy with our service. Tim, our transport manager, tells us a little more about our in-house delivery service and the people who are involved. Read more about delivery.

This is the whole story of our worktops – from forest to front door. We hope that you have enjoyed reading about the processes involved. If you have any questions about our products or service, please do not hesitate to contact us.