Renovating your Kitchen: Tops Selection

Kitchen Renovation Tops in Singapore

Renovating your Kitchen: Tops Selection

When you renovate your kitchen, choosing a good top is key. Consider your main interests – Functionality, aesthetics and costs. In this article, we talk about the leading contenders for your home’s kitchen space.

Natural Tops

Under natural tops there are two main categories: marble and granite.

Black Marble Top with running veins

Black Marble Top with running veins

Marble is known best by its running veins. Formed from very pure limestone, marble is luxurious. However, being a natural stone, marble is porous. It is thus prone to staining and is not acid-resistant. Marble needs to be taken care of. It also needs a sealant once in a while. If you have time to take care of marble, and can afford its high price, marble is a great choice for your home. It adds a level of elegance none can rival. Though perhaps more often chosen for areas such as the bathroom or as a feature top, than a work top per se. If you like the look, an economical method is to use laminates.

Black Galaxy Granite Top

Black Galaxy Granite Top

 

Granite is characterised by its generally darker tones. Created from molten magma, granite is a more durable and functional than its counterpart. It is similarly resistant to scratches and damages. However, it is still a natural stone. Thus, it also needs maintenance. Wipe it immediately when spillage occurs. A very common granite top in Singapore is the black galaxy series. At Home Design Pte Ltd, granite prices begin at $95 per foot run.

Here’s a useful comparison chart for granite and marble, in table form.

Quartz : Natural-Synthetic Tops

Wide Variety of Caesarstone Quartz Colours

Wide Variety of Caesarstone Quartz Colours

Quartz is meant to be a best of both worlds solution. It is 85%-95% crushed quartz, binded by a resin. It has the looks of natural stone, and the durability and resistance of artificial material. Quartz in Singapore is mainly supplied by Caesarstone or IQuartz. Both have a great variety of colours and looks. Take a look at some of the caesarstone design ideas. Quartz prime qualities are its ease of cleaning, and its stone-like surface combined with bright colours like red that one cannot find in natural stone.

Synthetic Tops

Solid Surface can be used to create matt designs

Solid Surface can be used to create matt designs

Solid surface synthetic tops are the most budget tops in Singapore. Solid surface refers to essentially acrylic, plastic surfaces that try to look like natural stone. It is relatively durable, but basically you get for what you pay. In terms of appearance and durability, it is so-so. It also is not too heat resistant thus if it is in the kitchen, coasters must be used. However, it can be a third of the price you pay for certain caesarstone series. Also, it is non porous, being synthetic and thus is hard to stain. It is easy to clean and take care of. It can also have a matt, solid effect.

 

Paper resin tops are best suited for modern designs

Paper resin tops are best suited for modern designs

 

Paper resin tops, like Kompactop are an interesting touch to a modern design. In your renovation plans, if you are thinking of a cool, modern theme, consider Kompactop. At only 4mm thick, it makes for a seamless, minimalist feel. It is waterproof, fireproof, and very easy to clean. Its price is within the mid-range. However, it is especially suited for only specific styles.

Conclusion

We have given an introduction to the selection of services in 3 broad categories. Natural, synthetic-natural and full synthetic surfaces. These have their pros and cons. Do think of the design, cost and overall style of your house to fit. Your interior designer should guide you and recommend the most suitable top to your specific project needs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at enquiry@homedesign.sg

Posted on November 24, 2014 in Renovation Articles

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