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The Benefits of Installing a Kitchen Worktop Upstand

8 Responses to “The Benefits of Installing a Kitchen Worktop Upstand”

  1. Hello,
    I’d like to attach an upstand to hide the gap between the work surface and wall.
    The wall is a bit uneven so how do you deal with any gaps between the upstand and wall?
    Cheers,
    JW

  2. Hello JW,

    Thank you for getting in touch with your enquiry – upstands are a great way to conceal an uneven wall and will make your worktop installation appear more parallel to your wall. We would recommend using a silicone sealant or decorators caulk behind the upstand to prevent there being a gap between it and the wall.

    Kind regards,
    Stephanie @ Worktop Express

  3. Hi there,
    I want to fit an upstand, but it goes across 2 worktops and they are not perfectly level.

    There is a pivot point right where the seam of the 2 worktops are. Is there an easy way to get round this without contouring the bottom of the upstand?

  4. Hello Ali,

    Without seeing the worktops it is difficult for us to be certain, but it sounds like the only other option would be to install your upstands in-line with the worktop that is higher up and use filler or a sealant to fill the resulting gap. Depending on the size of the gap, this may not be the best option and for optimal results, contouring the bottom of the upstand might be the preferable choice.

    Many thanks,
    Stephanie @ Worktop Express

  5. We’ve had a quartz upstand installed but there’s a bit of a gap between it and the wall. I’ve been told by the fitters it just needs some decorators caulk to fill it, but then another builder working on our house says we need a mastik specialist as it can be a fiddly job. Can we do it ourselves with the caulk or should we get a professional? Don’t want to make a mess of it if it is indeed an awkward job to get right

  6. Hello,
    I’m about to buy an Iroko worktop, would be any problem if I don’t put an upstand, tiles or splashbacks with the worktop and attached directly to a painted wall?
    Thanks

  7. Hello Sarah,

    Thank you for your message. We do appreciate that this happens and some DIY experts will fill it with decorators caulk themselves, however, not everyone feels comfortable to do this. We would advise if you do not feel confident then to seek a professional to do the job for you to ensure you get the finished look you desire.

    If you require any additional help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards,
    Ellie @ Worktop Express

  8. Hello,

    Thank you for getting in contact. When installing a wooden worktop, we always recommend allowing a 3-4mm gap between any of the worktop edges and the adjacent walls or units. This space enables the worktops to move with the temperature change without causing damage. If you attach the worktop to the wall, it can cause the wood to split. Many people choose to conceal the expansion gap with matching upstands or tiles. However, this is purely an aesthetic choice, and it is not a problem if you decide not to have these.

    If you require any additional help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards,
    Ellie @ Worktop Express

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