Research suggests that a new kitchen can add value of up to £5000 to your home, and a recent kitchen renovation survey by Houzz showed that 94% of people updating their kitchen will have entirely new worktops fitted. This demonstrates the importance of not only finding the most durable worktop, but also finding the one that is least likely to look dated to the next buyer.
Kitchen worktops are one of the most used surfaces in every home and for that reason it is important that they are long-lasting and can withstand a bit of wear and tear. On average, people update their kitchen once every 10 to 13 years, which makes replacing your worktop a necessary investment when the time comes.
As well as durability, it is also important to consider how popular the material might be in the years to come. This will be beneficial should you decide to sell the property, or update other elements of your kitchen. This can also help inform your decision on which material to choose.
Trends and the market
The previously mentioned survey also found that previously commonplace materials for worktops, such as formica and tiles have decreased in popularity with only 10% of people choosing them for modern kitchens.
Neutral-coloured granite and quartz worktops are some of the most popular counter choices, especially for longer lasting worktops. Their universal appeal and increasing popularity will ensure that they are an asset, should you decide to relocate in the next few years.
Materials and Care
While trends are a big part of kitchen design, practicality is also very important and there is a good reason why stone materials continue to be so popular. Although laminate surfaces can be made to look like stone, they are easily scorched and scratched and irreparable if damaged. Stone is much more resistant to wear and tear and therefore longer lasting.
Over half of survey respondents intended to choose granite in their new kitchen, while quartz was the second most popular choice with 38% of people favouring it. However, here at Modern Worktops, we have found that many people prefer quartz worktops as they are non-porous and therefore very hygienic.
How long do stone worktops last?
There is a reason granite has a rich historical use in building and construction, and it’s because it lasts forever. Having already spent millions of years underground, there is no reason why a beautiful polished piece of granite can’t withstand a few knocks and spillages.
Because our quartz worktops are a composite of raw quartz stone and resin, they are designed to act like granite and be a strong and durable stone product.
So realistically, high quality stone worktops will last as long as you need them to or as long as they remain popular. Most other elements of kitchen design are easier to replace, but worktops really need to last. That’s why we provide a 10 year guarantee here at Modern Worktops.