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It can be difficult to know what to compare when deciding upon different materials to use for your worktop. This is especially the case when deciding between laminate and solid wood worktops, as both are very popular choices of material. Both have their advantages, which is why choosing between the two can be difficult. That’s why we’ve supplied you with this guide on laminate vs. solid wood worktops:

Appearance

When choosing a laminate worktop, you can mimic the look of real solid wood without being able to tell that the material is actually laminate. They imitate the natural look of wood, and come in a range of textured, speckled, or glossy finishes. Laminate worktops are also available in a wide range of colours and patterns, making them completely versatile and able to cater to any style of kitchen.

The natural features that come with solid wood worktops allow your kitchen to have a personal, unique touch that you can call your own. Even better, as wood matures over time, the colour of the worktop will become even more full of character and richer in colour and tone. If this sounds ideal to you, our cherry worktops are brimming with character, with their beautiful red and caramel swirls that add a touch of warmth to your kitchen.

Cherry wooden worktops
This cross section of a cherry tree reveals a rich red colouring, perfect for kitchen worktops.

Installation

Installing laminate worktops is a very simple process. Prior to installation, they are cut to the correct size and are supplied with adhesive strips to cover the raw edges. The worktop is then easily installed after pilot holes are correctly placed in your cabinets.

Solid wood worktops, however, are usually installed using slotted brackets, due to the wood expanding and contracting with the changes in their environment. The slotted brackets secure the worktop pieces to the cabinets and prevent them from splitting as they expand and/or contract. When joining two pieces of wood worktop, a butt joint should be used.

Maintenance

Laminate worktops are low maintenance, due to their water resistant coating, which is why they’re a popular alternative to solid wood worktops. However, laminate worktops are not so resistant to heat, so it is important that hot pans are not left on their surface.

Solid wood worktops, on the other hand, require a little bit more maintenance. When first installed, they should be oiled regularly to ensure that the wood is kept in the best conditions. Our oak worktops are naturally resistant to bacteria and incredibly hard-wearing, meaning they can last you a lifetime when looked after in the right way.

Oak wood worktop with green kitchen decor
Our oak worktops are naturally resistant to bacteria and incredibly hard-wearing, meaning they can last you a lifetime when looked after in the right way.

Cost

Due to the fabric of laminate worktops, they tend to be a lot cheaper than their solid wood alternative.

Although solid wood worktops may cost significantly more than laminate worktops, they can last a lot longer if they are maintained in the right way.

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