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Worktops

Take your time to make sure you select the right worktop. It would be a shame to select a delicate top if you neither have the time nor the inclination to maintain it. Here you can find out more about the most common worktops.

Solid oiled wood

Solid wood is a popular choice. Oiled worktops are particularly attractive. It is best to treat beech, ash and maple worktops with white wood oil, and use colourless oil for cherry, teak and walnut in order to bring out their lustre. Worktops that have been thoroughly oiled are water-resistant. Wood is a living material, where there is natural movement from moisture and heat. It is necessary to take this into account when assembling your worktop.

Features:
Oil emphasises the shine and the grain of the wood, and makes the top damp-proof. Dents and scratches can be smoothed out before treating the wood.

Important to note:
Wood worktops require maintenance and must be oiled regularly. They can be damaged by detergents or acids, and they cannot withstand hot pots and pans.

Laminated worktops

Laminate consists of several layers of paper and glue that have been pressed together under very high pressure and at a high temperature. This is a strong, practical and cost-effective solution. This worktop tends to be combined with an edge that comes in many variations such as wood and aluminium.
Features:
Laminated tops come in numerous colours and patterns. They can withstand water and more or less all cleaning agents. They are inexpensive, durable and only require general maintenance.

Important to note:
The laminate surface is hard and can be discoloured by strong heat.

Stainless steel worktops

Steel worktops are perhaps best known from big, professional kitchens but they are now by no means unusual in private kitchens. They are especially practical in places where the worktop and sink merge into one another, avoiding joins where dirt can collect. Steel worktops can tolerate a limited amount of heat.
Features:
Steel worktops are hygienic, because they are easy to clean and maintain. At the same time they are particularly durable.
Important to note:
These worktops are cool to the touch and they scratch easily. Dents may be difficult to even out.

Granite worktops

Kitchen worktops made of granite look attractive, though they are also delicate. And should you perhaps need some slabs, or maybe some shelves, it is a good idea to order everything at the same time. In this way you can be sure that structure and colour match.
Features:
Granite worktops can withstand both heat and cold – although not very high temperatures. On account of their smooth surface, they are excellent for kneading dough on. Granite worktops are available in several thicknesses and a range of colours.
Important to note:
Granite worktops are susceptible to lime-scale stains. The edges are vulnerable to blows and the tops themselves are heavy to work with when installing. Granite is a natural material, so colours may vary.
Delivery time:
If you choose a granite worktop, delivery will take place in two stages. Once your kitchen has been installed, you may – depending on the complexity of your worktop design – choose to have a masonite template made first. This is then used to cut your actual worktop so you can be sure that it will fit perfectly. Typically it will take 3–5 weeks from the time the template is made to when the supplier has the correct worktop ready for completion of the assembly. In some cases, it may take even longer – but you can ask about this at your nearest HTH store.

Corian® worktops

Corian® is an exclusive homogenous composite product which is exceptionally durable. It is especially well-suited to solutions for people who would like a worktop with a sophisticated design.
Features:
Corian® is available in many colours and designs. It is easy to maintain and withstands water, all cleaning agents and heat, though not temperatures that are excessively high.
Important to note:
Corian® is a relatively expensive material. These worktops can withstand temperatures of up to 100 degrees.
Delivery time:
If you choose a Corian® worktop, delivery will take place in two stages. Once your kitchen has been installed, you may – depending on the complexity of your worktop design – choose to have a masonite template made first. This is then used to cut your actual worktop so you can be sure that it will fit perfectly. Typically it will take 3–5 weeks from the time the template is made to when the supplier has the correct worktop ready for completion of the assembly. In some cases, it may take even longer – but you can ask about this at your nearest HTH store.

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