Surrey kitchen worktops

Surrey kitchen worktops

Surrey kitchen worktops – which to choose?

Kitchen is a place that has to be functional and properly equipped in order to provide appropriate conditions for comfortable preparation of meals. Obviously, Surrey kitchen worktops are an indispensable element of it. They can be made of various materials, both cheaper and more expensive ones, and both more and less resilient to the effects of chemical substances and mechanical damage. In this article we describe the ones used the most often, focusing both on their strengths and weaknesses. Enjoy reading!

Types of Surrey kitchen worktops:

Post-forming worktops – are made of chip board plastered with laminate. They are the cheapest and most common worktops in the market that perform great at imitating stone or wood. Their edges are rounded and precisely covered with laminate that stops water from getting inside them and permanently damaging the worktop. Laminated worktops are quite resistant to rubbing off, moisture effects and development of discoloration. Unfortunately, they are badly affected by high temperatures, so it is better to refrain from putting hot dishes on them.

Stone worktops – Surrey stone kitchen worktops have been lately growing in popularity. They are hard, resilient and non-absorbable, so they will safely endure for many years in unchanged condition. Most of the time they are made of granite that does not absorb smells and humidity; in its structure soiling does not soak and the very worktop is resistant to high temperatures. Stone worktops are difficult to scratch and they are simple to maintain. Their only weaknesses are hefty price and substantial weight that leads to them being installed in weighted cupboards.

Composite worktops – are a product, which popularity grows regularly. Composite worktops make an excellent alternative to the ones made of stone. They are warm to touch, because they adapt to environment’s temperature, they are incredibly resilient to chemicals and mechanical damage, seamlessly connected, lighter and cheaper than natural stones and extremely easy in treatment.

Surrey kitchen worktops  – Surrey kitchen worktops can be produced out of nearly every tough kind of wood, nevertheless, they need to be impregnated in order to become resilient to moisture effects. They are quite durable and resistant products that are immune to distortions and rupturing. They are warm to touch and look pretty natural and elegant, yet in order to preserve such an effect they need to be renovated from time to time. Unfortunately, they are not cheap. Besides, they do not feature sufficient resilience to high temperature and scrapings, so one has to watch out not to damage them.

Granite worktops London

Granite worktops London

Granite worktops London – instructions for the installation

Stone worktops can either be attached to the wall or mounted onto kitchen cabinets. The second solution is more frequently practiced. Their assembly and general installation is usually performed by a professional stone company, however, if you have the manpower and skills of your own then nothing stops you from installing them yourself. You just need to know how to execute this process. Therefore, we have prepared a short instruction article for you, from which you will learn how to permanently attach the London granite kitchen worktops, ensuring that they have a long and excellent effect. Details can be found below.

Installation of granite worktops London – instructions

  • The first thing you need to do, is check the surface and its level, making sure that its fairly even, preferably by using a spirit level. If there is any uneven edges, they need to be immediately fixed.
  • The next step should involve you proceeding to attach the worktop/s to the cabinets using one of the three processes: The first one consists of installing the worktop on each of the corners, both internal and external, but you have to remember to keep a distance of no more than 10 cm from the edge of the worktop. Furthermore, the spacing ‘join’ between each piece of the worktops cannot be greater than 1mm. The second way is based on the attaching the worktop with special glues and screws to the previously prepared base counter. The stone slabs must be applied to it using the universal and very strong glue. Lastly, the last process of attaching the London granite worktops to the cabinets involves a direct gluing of the granite to the old worktops which were either wooden or laminated. Of course, once again, this installation requires the use of a very strong glue.
  • The next step involves actually making of the joins, however this must be proceeded by the use of a milling machine to prepare the edges. After agreeing where the join should be, you have to determine where to place the special epoxy glue to fill the gaps.
  • Then comes the time to remove any excess glue from the surface with a 150/180 grained sandpaper. Carrying out this procedure will of course make the glue almost invisible, and will make sure that the two joined worktop pieces are bined perfectly. Of course, before attempting to connect any pieces, you need to make sure that they are clean and thoroughly degreased, but above all make sure that they do not have any extra coating or stains, as this could disturb the entire, time consuming, process.
  • When connecting the worktops, you need to ensure that they are perfectly stabilised and they are not vulnerable to any movement. This is why the professional installers often secure the worktop structure from below with special little pieces of stone which are glued onto the wall directly under the mounted worktop. Once all the pieces have been fully mounted and finished, you need to make sure that all the edges are once again secured with glue and once that is dry covered with additional silicone strips. Bear in mind that granite kitchen worktops London look best if all edges are almost invisible and form a straight, even line. All joins need to be perfectly executed in order to stop dirt and bacteria from getting in between the cracks and spaces.

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Installation of the worktops

Installation of the worktops

Installation of the worktops and preperation of the cabinets prior to the installation

Natural stone is a sleek and durable material, which is ideally suited for kitchen worktops. It is durable, and resistant to mechanical damage and high temperatures. Moreover, its versatility makes it suitable for any interior design. It is extremely easy to keep clean, and the only problems you may encounter are the ones accompanied by its installation. Of course, even those are easy to handle! In this article, we advise how to install the worktop and how to prepare the installation of the cabinet.

When installing kitchen worktops you must be preceded by performing certain tasks that ensure a perfect end result. It is, first of all important to push all of the cabinets to the wall and levell them all, making sure that they are as straight as possible. Of course, all furniture must remain in its exact place after the measurements have been done, and nothing should be moved. Why is that? Because the new arrangement can mess up all the measurments and final stone cut outs, thus creating inconsistencies, fitting perfect worktop becomes more difficult. It is also worth noting that in most cases, additional strengthening of the cabinets is not necessary. If the furniture is made of the supported wood, then it can easily withstand the weight of the worktop. If, however, they are not sufficiently robust, and framed efficiently then the structure might be at risk. If this is the case then all it will take is attaching long and thin wooden panels against the wall, next to where the worktop will be placed. Of course, naturally, the surface on which the worktop is placed, should be perfectly straight, so all irregularities need to be removed, if necessary.

Stone worktops can be installed in several ways. We describe three fairly widely used techniques.

1. The worktop can be mounted on each of the corners, both external and internal. It should be remembered that it can not be more than 10 cm from the edge of the surface, and the spacing between them can not be less than 1 m.

2. The worktop can be also attached to the base made of a fiberboard, chip board or any other surface with a thickness of 15-25 mm and a width of 15×15 cm. For its installation, you can use perforated angles and screws, and when it will be stable, stick the worktop on to of the surface using a very strong glue.

3. Stone worktops can also be attached to the already existing surface, such as a previous laminate or wood worktop, but it has to be leveled and well cleaned. It can be stuck on top of the surface using a well-applied silicone adhesive, which will bind both materials.

Whichever way you choose depends entirely on you and your preferences. We add only that each method will provide you with a satisfactory result!