The Great Bench Top Debate…
Natural Stone, Laminate, Silestone, Dekton, Stainless Steel, and Timber make up the majority of benchtops found within Australian homes. Most of these surfaces are durable and dependable, offer a stunning array of colours and finishes within each and every range.
Where does one start?
You’ll also need to choose which surface is right for you and the punishment given with constant hardwearing. To assist with the process, here are a few helpful suggestions when choosing your new bench….
Natural Stone, first you will need to consider the look and finish you are going for and how you intend to use it.
- Granite – Strength
- Slate – Dark Contrast
- Travertine – Warm luxurious look
- Marble – Delicately veined elegance
- Basalt – For an aged patina
- Soap Stone – Non-porous
- Sand Stone – Durability, easy install
- Onyx – Translucent beauty
- Quartzite – Look of marble, withthestrength of granite
Silestone is a man-made stone made from natural quartz. It is resistant to scratching and staining and has a high-level resistance to impacts with hard objects. Integrated sinks are also available in Silestone when ordering your benchtop, giving a seamless finish.
Dekton is the new kid on the block. It is a sophisticated mix of more than 20 minerals extracted from nature. Dekton emulates in a few hours what takes nature thousands of years, through an exclusive technological process. Dekton is highly UV, scratch, stain, fire & heat resistant. It is available in large format giving it infinite possibilities. It can be used for backsplash applications as there is no epoxy resin used in the manufacturing process. It can also be used for bathrooms, flooring and even outside around the pool or BBQ.
Stainless Steel gives a very commercial look. It’s not as forgiving as most of the other bench surfaces when it comes to scratching, however, it is virtually indestructible and has a look and feel of its own. It requires very little maintenance and will look like it’s been part of your kitchen for years, in a very short time.
Timber has natural warmth; it is timeless, hard wearing and practical. It can be used as a feature with a stone benchtop to break up the coldness of the stone. Good quality timber can be sanded back and resurfaced bringing it back to a nearly new appearance after a few years of wear and tear.
Laminate has come a long way over the past few years. Most of us would remember the Laminex benches from our childhood homes, scratched, worn and not very versatile. Nowadays, you can have laminate resembling stone or timber, that without touching you may not be able to tell the difference.
Fenix Laminate is new to Australia, widely used throughout Europe, has taken laminate to a whole new level. (See pic below the sink is integrated into the Fenix benchtop)