To compliment all our Kitchen units is a range of work Surfaces from your decorative laminates to a variety of solid wood finishes, Natural Granite, Manmade Quartz stone and Corian and similar solid surfaces
This is your most common form of work surface comprising of a High pressure laminate (HPL) bonded to a chipboard core with a drip groove at front edge. It comes in standard depths of 600mm single postformed 670mm and 900mm double postformed in 28mm and 38mm thickness.
The laminates are available in matt and high gloss finishes, the latter requiring a bit more care,
With our more bespoke service laminate worktops will have a more varied range of depths and lengths available not to mention some additional edge details from wood edging to compliment that more traditional Kitchen to PP acrylic edging for the modern Kitchen in a range of co-ordinating colours and some ultra modern looks with two tone colour finishes.
Laminate worktops do have limitations they can be burnt and scratched if not looked after properly. However Laminate worktops are fairly easy to keep clean with soapy water or the use of a soft cream cleaner, like Cif or any anti-bacterial cleaner, you need to be careful with excessive use of any cleaner with bleach, as over a period of time the laminate can fade.
These are normally available in 26mm and 42mm thicknesses with applied oil or lacquer surface treatment.
The most prolific Woods available for worktops are Beech and Oak available in 26 and 42mm thickness’s butchers block, single wide staves and jointed narrow staves, but as the world markets have opened up we have more hardwoods available including Bamboo, Walnut, Dark Walnut, Iroko and Zebrano with more specialised wood types available on request
All wood worktops require some form of surface treatment be it a Natural Oil or lacquer to help prolong the beauty and life of the wood. The former needs regular applications (2-3 times per month) to keep the woods lustre and sheen the latter requires little maintenance but once damaged will require completely re-sanding of all the worktops and a re-application of a suitable surface treatment.
Currently our fabricator is using Treatex Oil in the fabrication of our timber worktops, this is applied at the fabrication stage and will aid in giving you a lifetime of protection to the wood worktops providing you use their Treatex Polish regularly to maintain the woods finish (we recommend using once a month)
With all wood worktops you can have a range of edge details and can have the wood shaped to suit most Kitchen designs
Corian (Solid Surfaces)
As part of the more designer orientated products you have the 13mm solid surface by Corian which is available in thickness’s from 13mm upwards to the most common 38mm thick and for those who want to be different up to 100mm thick
But what is it? Below will tell you a bit about the many attributes of Corian
Since its introduction in 1967, DuPont™ Corian® has proved itself to be a remarkably durable material that is easy to live with. It cannot delaminate and stands up well to daily wear and tear making it ideal for use in kitchen worktops. It resists most of the impacts, nicks and cuts that occur in heavy traffic areas. Corian® has been tested for its mechanical, thermal, electrical and other surface properties. Please consult online at www.corian.com on the Specification datasheet the results of these specific tests as well as details on the other physical properties of Corian®.
DuPont™ Corian® is a non-porous material. It is solid through its entire thickness and can be fabricated with inconspicuous seams, rendering its surface hygienic. DuPont™ Corian® surfaces do not support the growth of bacteria or fungi which is an essential part of chosing the right kitchen worktop material . Corian® has been certified by an independent laboratory as a hygienic material according to the international norm DIN EN ISO 846.
Unlike other kitchen worktops, surfaces in DuPont™ Corian® are renewable, meaning they can be fully restored with ordinary mild abrasive cleansers and a scouring pad. Cigarette burns, for example, can be easily removed in this way. Damage caused by abuse can usually be repaired on site without having to completely replace the material.
DuPont™ Corian® is an inert and nontoxic material. Under normal temperature conditions, it does not emit gases. When burned, it releases mainly Carbon Oxides and the smoke generated is optically light and does not contain toxic halogenated gases. Because of these properties, Corian® is used in public areas and for sensitive applications such as airport check-in counters, walls and work surfaces, as well as kitchen worktops in hospitals and hotels.
Colours and patterns run through the entire thickness of the kitchen worktop material and cannot wear away. DuPont™ Corian® is a solid material and cannot delaminate.
The applications for DuPont™ Corian® are limited only by your own imagination. Pieces of Corian® can be glued together inconspicuously to create a seamless look, giving virtually unlimited design possibilities for surfaces. Long counters, for example, can be easily made in pieces in a workshop and then joined together at the installation site. Edges can be built up to look thicker.
DuPont™ Corian® can be thermoformed in wooden or metal moulds at controlled temperatures in order to create various 2D and 3D design objects. Embossing effects can also be created using the Bas Relief technique.
The translucency of DuPont™ Corian® is especially striking in the lighter colours as well as with thinner sheets. Many designers are now using the material to create lamps or lighting effects in various applications. The colour family, called the Illumination Series, consists of 6 colours in 6 mm and 12 mm sheets featuring enhanced translucency to be used for creating special lighting effects.
WORKABLE LIKE WOOD
DuPont™ Corian® can be worked like hardwood and using similar tools. Most DuPont™ Corian® fabricators originally trained as carpenters.
The colours of Corian® allow for an almost unlimited working palette. You can choose a single colour; a neutral basis for design; or experiment with eyecatching harmonies. Corian® can also be used as inlays, accents, or as a versatile complement to other materials like metal, wood, stone, etc.
DuPont™ Corian® is manufactured in compliance with strict standards in order to limit waste and energy consumption at all stages of the production process. Both the material itself and the adhesives and sealants used to install it are GREEN GUARD Indoor AirQuality Certified® as producing low VOC emissions.
For additional information and to discuss our range of Corian kitchen worktops please call in to our showroom.
We can bring together the many attributes and combine the different types to give a very unique worktop
Speak to us about our replacement worktop service with this specialist product we offer a template and fit service to allow you to benefit from Corian’s 10 year guarantee
Also available and similar to Corian are Hi Macs, Staron & Hanex all recognised brands with very similar properties.
Mistral by Karonia
Mistral work surfaces are manufactured from a synthetic surfacing material composed of an enhanced acrylic based resin compound and natural mineral fillers.
The key benefits:
- A completely solid surface 25mm thick with colour throughout and no porous subsurface to suffer from moisture ingress
- Can be jointed to leave an almost inconspicuous joint between worktops
- Limitless design options most shapes possible
- Very durable and hygienic due to its non – porous surface
- Will repel the majority of household chemicals and stains
- Very easy to maintain and general wear and scuff marks can be easily repaired
- Mistral is available in 17 stunning colours with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty
Engineered Quartz worktops
These are fabricated all over the world with the big names of Cimstone and Quartzforms being the major suppliers with many lesser products available from smaller fabricators. The Engineered quartz is made from approximately 95% natural quartz and 5% polymer resin to allow more unusual colours.
The benefits of Engineered Quartz
- Available in 13mm, 20mm and 30mm thickness’s
- Naturally stronger than granite
- More scratch resistant as well as less porous than Granite and Marble
- Care and maintenance very simple as it does not need sealing like Granite and Wood
Speak to us about our replacement worktop service with this specialist product
Granite or Natural Stone
This is becoming the most commonly used material as worktops. Being natural it benefits from a wide range of colours with huge variation giving it its beauty and appeal.
Granite should only be fabricated by quality stone masons who offer a template service and fabricate on the most up to date CNC machinery with highly trained masons, hand finishing the more intricate shapes and then using their own professionals to provide a high quality finish to your Kitchen worktops on the site installation
Granite does need regular up keep with re-sealing every year recommended to keep up the sheen and lustre.
At J S Designs we do offer the more unusual Kitchen worktops from fabricated Stainless Steel to Concrete and even toughened glass, we recommend you speak to one of our designers on these products
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