In our previous blog post (which you can read here), we took you through a list of things to consider when picking your new kitchen worktop, as well as the pros and cons to a number of different materials. In part two of our kitchen worktop blog, we explore Quartz and timber worktops and what each material can offer you.

We also spoke to our creative director, Richard, to gain some extra pearls of wisdom to pass on to you when it comes to your kitchen worktop.

“Mixing and matching materials in contrasting colours and textures when it comes to your kitchen worktop can provide a number of benefits; it offers versatility, can help stretch your budget further and can add an extra visual drama to your overall look.

“Different materials can serve different culinary purposes, and can be a great way of zoning different areas of your kitchen – from food prep to your breakfast bar. Two materials that work particularly well together are Quartz and Timber, with Quartz great for the cooking zone and warm wood for the eating area.”

So what are the pros and cons of using these two materials?

Quartz

Pros

  • Non-porous – very resistant to staining
  • Heat resistant and should they any burn marks appear, Quartz worktops can be sanded down
  • Scratch resistant
  • Impact resistant – Quartz can absorb substantial impacts to it

Cons

  • Expensive – with so many pros to its name, Quartz isn’t the cheapest material to choose from
  • Not heat proof – ok so while it is heat resistant and it won’t melt/warp like some materials, placing a hot object directly on Quartz might leave a mark

We mainly use two companies for our Quartz – Caesarstone and Silestone – with each offering different options. For example, Silestone has a wider colour variety to choose from, while Caesarstone offers a larger selection of finishing, edging selection and edge profiling.

(Image from our Chelsea Kitchen)

Timber

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive compared to stone options
  • Variety of wood grains and colours
  • Antibacterial (if maintained properly)
  • Looks great with age

Cons:

  • Requires continous maintenance
  • Can be scorched
  • Can easily become stained
  • Can scratch

(A Wood Works Kitchen)

Wood does require a little more maintenance than some other worktop materials, but it’s also very easily fixed should an accident happen.

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