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Dan Kitchens Australia

Hi Sheryl, I think your response is entirely valid and reading over the article again I should have included them. There are also a myriad of other materials that did not make this article (including Nanotech materials that have come out since), mainly due to keeping the article short. For the record, here is my critique of timber and laminate that I've previously published here: -

Laminate

What is it?

One of the more popular benchtop materials, laminate (melamine or Formica are other names) is a material comprising of decorative paper impregnated with melamine resin, coated in a clear layer of melamine, and bonded onto a wooden substrate. Any design can be placed onto the paper layer, giving it the ability to recreate natural stones, timbers, concrete or any other design you can think of. As it is only a printed layer, the success of the recreation can be somewhat hit and miss.


How big are the slabs?

Preformed laminate benchtop slabs are typically 3,650 x 600mm (single rolled edge) or 3,650 x 900mm (double rolled edge) in a variety of thicknesses and edge profiles. The ease of cutting means the benchtops can be cut to size on site.


Is it easy to keep clean and maintain?

The melamine surface will resist most stains. Scratching will occur if cutting directly onto the surface. Hot objects left on the surface will leave a mark. Once the melamine layer is broken, water can seep in underneath causing swelling. Overall it is moderately durable.


Where is it priced in the market?

Laminates are priced at the lower end of the market and are an extremely cost effective option for what they do.


Pros

Easy to clean

Lots of colours and styles available

Cons

Heat damage can be an issue

Impacts can dent the surface

Scratches can be quite obvious

Very hard to repair


Solid Timber

What is it?

Solid timber benchtops are made of large pieces of timber glued together, sanded back and coated with a clear polyurethane. Timber is a very warm and inviting material that works well aesthetically in the home. The wide variety of species available (Australian and overseas) means there is much to choose from.


How big are the slabs?

Timber benchtops are custom made to size. Some manufacturers supply more affordable pre-made benchtops using smaller pieces of timber glued together.


Is it easy to keep clean and maintain?

Spills on timber benchtops wipe clean easily. Scratching, denting, staining and burn marks from hot objects can occur. All species have different densities and will resist water differently. Where the polyurethane layer has worn away, water can seep into the timber and cause expansion. Timber can be sanded back and re-lacquered to make the surface new again, but it is quite labour intensive.


Where is it priced in the market?

Mid to high. Your pre-made benchtops are at the cheaper end, while benchtops custom made from exotic or rare timbers will be at the upper end.


Pros

Timber is often an environmentally friendly material to work with

Unique in appearance

Looks good in both modern and traditional kitchens

Fairly stain-resistant

Cons

Susceptible to heat, water and scratch damage

Denting can occur, particularly in the softer species of timber

Will need some regular maintenance to preserve appearance

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krishna dwivedi

Hello,

Any suggestions on selecting a budget friendly stone bench top with Indian cooking style-using spices, heavy cooking/frying. Bench tops that don’t stain quickly.

Thank you

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zamment

HI

After months searching we found company called RHF in Moorabbin Melbourne, Maybe they can help but search for good stone mason as we found massive difference in price and lot companies kept trying to steer as back to caesorstone. good luck.

   

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