How to choose the work surface? When it comes to choosing the worktop you have to consider the aesthetic factors along with the very important resistance- practicality-funzionality qualities.
There is not a single right answer to this question. It depends on how you cook, your habits, your budget, your taste. Ask a professional to get through all aspects to make a easier choice. Here some information that might come on hand.
When it comes to choosing materials for kitchen worktops, marble is certainly among the first on head alternatives: prized by definition, never repetitive or monotonous, and available in exclusive colours, it can be maintained every day with bicarbonate and Marseille soap. Avoid using products such as bleach, keep the top dry and pay attention to stains from oil, lemon and coloured liquids. To increase the life of the marble, it is also advisable to apply a good oil-repellent treatment before installing.
Quartz tops represent an alternative to marble due to its range of natural colours and performance in the kitchen. This composite material is made using a high percentage of natural quartz and small quantities of glass and other materials, added to create more or less speckled and sparkling textures. Quartz is a non-porous material that guarantees extremely high hygiene and antibacterial standards and stands up to heat and impact. Its density also ensures high stain resistance and means that great maintenance is not required for cleaning.
Another widely adopted proposal for the kitchen worktop is laminate, which is available in many colours for different surfaces, resistant to wear and long-lasting. In itself, laminate doesn’t require great care during cleaning, and all it takes to clean surfaces made using this material is a simple detergent with a non-abrasive cloth. Take care not to place hot pans directly on the surface; always use a mat. And always use chopping boards for chopping food.
Fenix NTM is one step above laminate, innovative and versatile: the core is made up of paper impregnated with thermosetting resins, whilst the outer surface is treated with next-generation acrylic resins. The surface is then subjected to nanotechnology. This is a technologically innovative solution with many properties –thermal repairability of superficial microscratches, anti-fingerprint, low-light reflection and extreme opacity, being soft to the touch– suited to refined contexts. FENIX also has the ability to regenerate from any superficial microscratches thanks to its thermal-repairability, as suggested by the name chosen for this material.
Corian® or Hanex worktop
As tough as natural stone, but completely versatile: Corian® or Hanex surfaces. An elegant, hard-wearing material that can also cover extensive surfaces thanks to its capacity to conceal joins. Made up of a combination of marble dust, bauxite, acrylic resins, epoxy resins and pigments, they can be cleaned every day using a degreaser. A compact, non-porous and non-toxic material that’s resistant to external agents and easy to clean, it is however important to remember that this material is thermoformed, and consequently not very agreeable to direct heat sources. Conversely, in the case of deep scratches, the same characteristic allows it to regenerate to a condition similar to new.
Also unquestionably among the best materials for kitchen worktops is steel, which lends the environment character, elegance and style. Hygienic, visually pleasing and capable of being used as a single surface for top, sink and hob. Scratches are doubtless its biggest problem, but the appeal of this material also lies in its being somewhat marked. Since steel doesn’t require particular treatments, water and vinegar or a specific detergent are ideal for keeping it clean over time.
Laminate is porcelain obtained by wet grinding of clay raw materials, granite and metamorphic rocks, with a feldspathic component and ceramic pigments. Thanks to their excellent technical performance, Laminam is ideal for the most delicate uses, where maximum hygiene and resistance are required. Chemical and stain resistance, cleanliness and scracth resistance are key properties of this material. Laminam is easy to clean and even the strongest stains can be easily removed.
THE LAMINATES HPL (High Pressure Laminate) are decorative laminates constituted by layers of cellulosefibre material and melamine resin, impregnated with thermoset ting resins
and subjected to a high-pressure process.