Encore acrylic worktops buying guide
The Encore range from Bushboard is the perfect solution if you’re searching for stone-effect surfaces that are both functional and fashionable. There are a lot of choices for you to make when designing and fitting a kitchen, and this guide will give you all the advice you need. If you’re still looking for the right worktop for your kitchen, this guide will help you with your search.
Who are Bushboard and why are they important?
An industry leader in kitchen and bathroom worktops, Bushboard wowed customers in the 1930s with its Bakerlite range, and now offers worktops in laminate, quartz and acrylic. A trusted UK brand, they’re committed to helping you find the right solution, which is why you’ll find plenty of inspiration on their website, and a Design Studio tool to visualise how your kitchen might look.
Encore is a range of slim solid surface worktops with colour combinations inspired by nature. They’re cool to the touch, pleasing to the eye, and a modern maintenance-free alternative to classic stone worktops. Bushboard believe in the durability and quality of their work, and to prove it they offer a 10-year guarantee with all of their surfaces.
What aesthetic features do Encore acrylic worktops have?
The Encore worktop range includes a spectrum of colour choices, from rich Black Sparkle to the veined Mountain Haze, which has a marble effect. All the surfaces are polished to a high shine, and unlike some other acrylic worktops which aren’t solid surface, none of the Encore worktops can de-laminate – resulting in the need to remove, replace or repair the surface.
With different sizes of pebbles or gems, these surfaces are a great alternative to quartz and granite surfaces, which can require yearly sealant treatment, but have a similar appearance at a fraction of the price. With their years of experience Bushboard have perfected the art of recreating stone-effects again and again, with consistent colouring, pattern and finish. With so much time spent working to bring their expertise to their customers, it’s a good thing that natural stonework is a look that many aspire to have in their kitchen. While stone surfaces are the classic fashionable option, acrylic surfaces make them available as non-porous surfaces which perfectly fit your kitchen, and its needs.
What sizes are available with Encore acrylic worktops?
Getting the perfect fit isn’t something to be left to chance. The size, shape and depth of your worktop could change the look of your completed room, which is why it’s important to consider what options are available to you. With the Encore range, you have a great selection in choice. Available in lengths of 2m, 3m, 3.6m and 4.1m, you can select the right lengths to minimise any wastage when the surfaces are fitted, which means lower costs.
You can also choose if you’d like your worktops to be a little deeper than usual, with depths of 600 and 650mm offered by Bushboard, which is great for more space on your surfaces. Encore’s customisation options don’t end there, as you can also select the thickness of your worktop. Encore’s acrylic worktops are manufactured at 27mm and 44mm. Be aware that some of their colours are only available in one thickness, and not both.
If you’re hoping for a thinner worktop for your kitchen, to get that minimalist look that’s filling showrooms and home improvement magazines, 20mm slimline worktops are available from another of our suppliers. Apollo’s slimline worktops come in a variety of colours and can be found in many of their collections: Apollo Granite, Apollo Quartz, Apollo Slab Tech, Silestone Quartz and Zodiaq Quartz collections.
What accessories can you get with your Encore acrylic worktop?
For a seamless wash of colour across your kitchen, Encore also offer matching upstands, splashbacks, hob panels and breakfast bars, produced in the same solid surface acrylic. These accessories do more than make your kitchen look good, they can also increase its functionality.
To protect your walls from spills and splashes, ‘upstands’ are a thin border running along the back of your worktop and the wall, preventing liquids from finding the back of your counters. ‘Splashbacks’ are a taller version of the upstand, protecting your paintwork from more serious kitchen accidents, spitting oil or boiling-over water. With upstands and splashbacks, you can wipe away the memory and the stain.
Encore also gives you options for your sink. As well as an under-mounted sink – which is your only choice with many other brands – Encore also offer inset, integrally moulded and flush-mounted sinks. With Bushboard, you’re not limited to only one style of sink area which doesn’t suit your cooking style.
But kitchens aren’t just for cooking, they’re for socialising. Many modern kitchens are embracing the breakfast bar for lots of reasons – a little extra surface space, a good place to enjoy a quiet meal, or an opportunity for all guests to have a seat.
What colours are available with Encore acrylic?
Encore surfaces offer lots of choice for their customers, with a range of stone-effect worktops in natural shade which highlight the inherent beauty of stonework in a functional material. Let’s have a look at your choices:
The darker shades
Encore has two black surfaces, Black Sparkle with small shimmering particles, and Crystal Black which has a variety of small to medium stones, which reflect light and deepen the appearance of the pigment.
Encore’s brown surfaces are a mouth-watering collection of Caramel Glass, Chocolate Sparkle, Cinnamon and Espresso Glass with each one matching the warm tones of their namesake, and textured with a speckled pattern of small particles.
Creamy beige and cool whites
On the paler side of the Encore range, your choices can be categorised between surfaces with particles (Glacier) and small stones (Calico, Crystal White) and luxurious marble-effect worktops (Mountain Haze and Ice). White and pale greys are particularly sought after at the moment, as they produce the appearance of long, clean surfaces, and increase the reflection of light within a room.
Something a little different
This guide hasn’t mentioned every single colour in the Encore range – a picture really is worth a thousand words, and we’d prefer you to fall in love with how your surface looks, not just take our word for it. However, the Crystal Glass worktop deserves a mention. Set into a pale pigment, this surfaces has turquoise and tiny warm grey stones set into it, producing a very attractive effect.
What are the benefits of choosing Encore acrylic?
Acrylic surfaces are a great choice. While they’re not quite as scratch and heat resistant as stone, they retain its appearance and are non-porous and resistant to bacteria and water, making these surfaces much more hygienic in the kitchen.
By choosing a worktop from Encore, you’ll also be benefiting from the knowledge and expertise of Bushboard, a trusted UK brand and leaders in kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Unlike other brands, Bushboard don’t use MDF or other substrates in their Encore worktops, but still offer an affordable alternative to natural stone.
Are you ready to choose your worktop? Why not browse the Encore kitchen worktop range today?