It pays to think carefully about kitchen worktops
They are essential, everyday features of every home and most commercial or industrial buildings – but that does not mean that kitchen worktops should be taken for granted. Care taken in the choice of material for these vital surfaces can reap long-lasting benefits in many ways.
Aesthetics are obviously highly prominent in domestic kitchens, and to a lesser degree in other sectors, but the look of a worktop is not the only thing to consider. Arguably even more important features are how hygienic and durable the material used is. It goes without saying that food preparation areas need to be easy to clean, with a smooth surface. Being scratch resistant is also a valuable consideration. Cuts not only spoil the look of the worktop, they are hiding places for bacteria. Replacing kitchen components causes a great deal of upheaval in homes, restaurants, public buildings and any premises with large numbers of staff, so it is worth paying extra for a worktop surface that will last for many years.
With today’s emphasis on sustainability, many architects, home owners and contractors and are also specifying work surface materials that have minimal impact on the environment.
Featured Company - Resilica
Kitchen worktops are one of the uses for which Resilica is ideally suited. This innovative, eco-friendly material is manufactured in the UK from 100% recycled glass waste. Combining waste glass with a solvent-free resin system results in high quality solid panels which are then polished to create a, sparkling, light-reflective, hygienic surface.
This unique material can be produced in virtually any colour combination, giving specifiers an unequalled choice for modern environments. The design team at Resilica will work with clients to develop a bespoke colour recipe tailored to individual requirements.
Resilica is produced in the UK using waste glass sourced locally, so has a low carbon footprint as well as reducing the demand for landfill and destructive quarrying. The surface is also suitable for use in bathrooms and as reception desks and bars. To find out more about the benefits of using Resilica, contact the company via the website.
Where to buy kitchen worktops
- Cameo Glass - 100 Faraday Park, Dorcan Industrial Estate, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5JF, 01793 513 864
- John Lewis of Hungerford - Grove Technology Park, Downsview Road, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9FA, 01235 774313
- Round Wood of Mayfield - Newick Lane, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6RG, 01435 867072
- Fitmykitchen - Moulton Chantry House, Southfields, Old Leake, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 9LP, 01205 871 987
- Resilica - Enterprise Works, Beach Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0BX, 01273 511564
- Formica Group - 11 Silverfox Way, Cobalt Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE27 0QJ, 0191 259 3100
- Granite4Less - 11 Daniel Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 8BX, 0870 350 4530
- A.D.Calvert Architectural Stone Supplies Ltd - Smithy Lane, Grove Square, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5DZ, 01969 622515
- James Lathams plc - Unit 3, Swallow Park, Finway Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 7QU, 0116 257 3415
- Caithness Stone Industries Ltd - The Shore, Wick, Wick, Highland, KW14 JW, 01955 605472
- Marble Granite & Stoves Ltd - 50 Seafield Road, Inverness, Highland, IV1 1SG, 01463 234844
- Snowdonia Slate and Stone - Cwmbowydd Road, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3ED, 01766 832525