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Kitchen Designs: Part 2 Kitchen Benchtops Cost

Kitchen benchtops are one of the most used surfaces in the house. Factors to consider when selecting your benchtop are cost and durability.

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You might also like Part 1 on Kitchen Benchtop Materials Options HERE

COST

The cost will be determined on exactly what your requirements are but a rough guide would be –

  • Undoubtedly, the most cost-effective benchtop material is Laminate.
  • Polished concrete is also cheap in terms of the raw materials. However, more complex designs may require specialized manufacturing and installation and can end up costing more than a natural stone benchtop.
  • Natural stone needs to be shipped, prepared and installed using special methods and is, therefore, a pricier option. On the other hand, engineered stone is a great mid-price alternative that still possesses many of the qualities of natural stone.
  • Hardwoods vary greatly in price according to the timber selected. However, if the look of timber is essential, Bamboo a relatively new option may provide a more economic and environmentally friendly option.
  • Stainless steel prices vary greatly depending on the thickness of the steel and complexity of the design.
  • Acrylic benchtops are generally the most expensive option but the cost is far outweighed by the durability and ease of maintenance.

$ – Laminate

$ – Bamboo

$$ – Polished Concrete

$$ – Engineered Stone

$$ – Stainless Steel

$$$ – Natural Stone ( Some Can Be Cheaper)

$$$$ – Acrylic

 

DURABILITY & MAINTENANCE

  • Your requirements for benchtop durability will depend on the type of household you live in. The clumsy cook may opt for a heat resistant and non-porous surface, to avoid damage caused by accidentally placed hot pots and the occasionally spilled wine.
  • Natural stone and engineered stone surfaces are scratch, chip and heat resistant. Engineered stone is non-porous and never requires sealing whereas natural stone is porous and will suffer from stains if not sealed annually. Hardwood and polished concrete benchtops will also suffer from stains and water damage if their protective coatings are not periodically maintained.
  • Acrylic surfaces are non-porous and resistant to stains but are not heat or scratch resistant (although any damage is easily repaired). Laminate surfaces are also non-porous, heat-resistant and scratch resistant.
  • Stainless steel is heat resistant but suffers scratches, dents, and fingerprints. They can also be quite noisy in comparison to other materials.

White modern kitchen designed and built by AlterEco

White Kitchen Benchtops - Designed and built by Altereco.net.au - Modern home in Melbourne | designlibrary.com.au

Kitchen with a concrete top on IKEA cabinets with Koak Design wooden fronts.

Kitchen Benchtops Costings - Kitchen with concrete top on IKEA cabinets with Koak Design wooden fronts | designlibrary.com.au

Which bench top would you choose?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

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  • James Bergman
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    As far as ease of cleaning I think that stainless steel is the best option. However, I wouldn’t want it all over my kitchen. I just want it by the sink so that I can put dirty dishes there without worrying about the bench top surface. for the rest of my kitchen, I prefer granite or limestone. I just think these stones look the best in the kitchen.

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