When it comes to benchtops, choosing the right material is one of the most important decisions you can make. You need to consider things like functionality, durability, ease of cleaning, style, colour, surface finish, and, of course, price. The information provided in this section will assist you in choosing a benchtop material that’s right for your project. Call in to discuss your options and take home some free colour samples to match with your décor.
Laminate is a popular choice for benchtops. Thanks to advances in technology, you now have access to a wide range of stunning, stylish and contemporary looks in a cost-effective material. With hundreds of decors available, including solid colours, woodgrains, modern abstracts and real stone patterns, the potential to achieve your desired design style is easy.
Laminate is cheaper than most other materials and comes in a wide range of colours and styles. It’s easy to clean and is scratch and stain resistant, however it is vulnerable to cuts and heat. As laminate weighs less than other materials, it is easier to install and is a good option for DIY jobs.
We supply laminate benchtops from all major suppliers including Polytec, Laminex and Formica.
- Laminex Diamond Gloss Brochure
- Polytec Benchtops and Laminate
- Polytec Tight Form Benchtops
- Formica Colour Range Brochure
Engineered stone is a popular choice for both residential and commercial projects for benchtops, vanities, splashbacks etc. It is a product that has been in use for more than 30 years. It is composed of crushed natural quartz and high-quality resins and pigments compacted to provide a dense, non-porous, homogeneous material.
Engineered stone gives the beauty of natural stone but has a harder, more durable surface which does not need sealing. Engineered stone surfaces offer high performance, low maintenance and are an attractive, affordable option for many applications. It is non-porous, stain resistant and heat resistant although it is not recommended to place hot objects directly on the surface as this can cause thermal shock resulting in cracking of the product.
Engineered stone can be fabricated with various edge profiles, but the most common type is the pencil round edge. Standard slab thickness is usually 20mm, but tops can be made to look thicker with drop-down fronts up to 200mm. 40mm build ups for the edges are common.
Kitchen & Renovation Concepts supplies engineered stone from the leading suppliers – Essastone, Caesarstone, Smartstone, Quantum Quartz and Silestone. Most stone is cut and polished in our factory and installed by our masons.
Solid timber benchtops are manufactured from blocks of natural timber and coated with several layers of clear high-gloss lacquer. You can choose from a variety of profiles including pencil round, bull-nose, and colonial. Overall the look offers a natural richness and depth with toning dependent on the timber species. Solid timber is a more expensive option with a similar cost to stone.
Bamboo is a superior quality environmentally friendly alternative to a traditional timber. Bamboo tops are manufactured from solid strips of bamboo and can be used for benchtops, bar tops, vanity tops, table tops, reception counters and desk tops. It is recommended that tops are sealed with a polyurethane 2 pac however they can also be oil finished but will need ongoing maintenance if this is done.
Compact Laminate is a thicker version of HPL. Typically around 13mm thick, it can be decorated on one or both faces. Its thickness means that panels are durable, self-supporting, moisture resistant, and durable. When it comes to edging, compact laminate includes a distinctive black core which also serves as a unique design feature, particularly when a sleek modern industrial look is desired. Compact laminates can also be used in toilet partitions and some external applications.
Stainless steel doesn’t corrode, rust or stain like regular steel. An alloy combination of chromium and iron, it comes in various grades and types so when you’re looking to add stainless steel to your kitchen, it’s important to choose a grade that will suit the end use. Stainless steel is usually a similar cost to stone.