Concrete Worktops – The Unique Addition to your Home

Run-of-the-mill materials aren’t exciting designers anymore. Polished concrete worktops are on the rise; with the need for individually crafted pieces steadily increasing. The natural qualities it possesses allow for each piece to be completely individual; the subtle differences are a distinct feature.

The time of granite and quartz has come to a somewhat grinding halt; too shiny, too formal and too common. Polished concrete worktops offer an irreplaceable flair. The ability to look natural, whilst maintaining the character and encapsulating a visual texture not available from other materials.

With the other solid surfaces used in worktops, you’re stuck with that slab of material. However, with polished concrete there are endless possibilities with the decorative elements, the sky is the limit. Polished concrete worktops; they are organic, filled with human nature and ambition. Whilst other worktop surfaces promise perfection; the faults and highlights of the concrete set it apart. The individual elements create something unique.

Polished Concrete Worktop

Concrete has elevated from a mere commodity and has evolved into a distinct art form. Polished concrete provides a beautiful and contemporary substitute for architectural products and surfaces.

From the moment of design conception, each piece is lovingly created and handcrafted to the absolute highest standards. The main aim is to provide a durable, functional concrete worktop that is capable of outliving its owners.

Concrete countertops can be straight, curved, notched, and multi-level. The restrictions once applied to worktops, has no place here. The versatility offered with concrete worktops is unparalleled; designers and consumers alike all rave about concrete’s talent to become any shape and practically any colour required. The classic shiny worktop look has begun to drop off in the past few years; concrete offers a beautiful matt finish which has become increasingly popular.

Concrete Worktop

Although concrete worktops can take more maintenance than other options on the market, the end result is worth the effort. Applying a sealer regularly will aid in preserving the worktop. Even after years of heavy use, the concrete will maintain its radiant glow. However, some of the natural wear and tear can increase the colour pigmentation of the concrete, allowing a different element from the material to highlight itself.

Durable and still functional, with a hint of elegance.

The Perfect Kitchen Door

Fitted kitchens in Bangor are the perfect place to install quality home improvement innovations and modern kitchen designs. However, finding the perfect door for your brand new kitchen is not always an easy task. So here we have compiled a short list of quality kitchen door styles below to get your design cogs moving!

Lacquer

Lacquer remains one of the top choices when it comes to luxury kitchens, despite there being an advance in cheaper materials which imitate it. Its high quality and luxurious professional finish is what justifies the cost of this material. Lacquer doors have numerous coats applied to them, yet all vary from one another depending on whether they have been treated on one or both sides. However, it is not a material which is easily restored due to the multitude of colour choices available and the intense shine it provides. Incidentally, this type of door is available in matt, metallic, sating and other finishes and is scratch-resistant which provides an additional quality feature.

Laminates

Specialists know how to tell a lacquered door from a laminate one, but do you? Laminate doors’ side edges are banded with more or less discretion, however new laser band machines that manufacturers are beginning to use, make it harder to spot the difference. This is especially difficult to try and differentiate between a lacquered gloss and a high gloss laminate, where the latter has been manufactured using this new equipment. What is certain however is these materials, which are available in a variety of finishes, are resistant to abrasion and knocks, plus they are proving to be less prone to scratches than lacquer.

Polymers

Due to the manufacturing process, the edges of polymer doors are coated in such a way that they closely resemble lacquered doors. However, some say that polymers suffer from too much heat and age which makes them the less popular door type to opt for when designing your kitchen.

Acrylics

Acrylic doors are better known by some as super high gloss laminates and have the appearance of glass. The benefit to acrylic doors as opposed to lacquered for example, is they are very easy to maintain which makes for an ideal door choice for your kitchen. The downfall to this type of door however, is the range of colours available is limited. These doors are manufactured by adding a layer of acrylic film to layers of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS); a polymer thermoplastic with a good impact resistance, which is relatively rigid, lightweight and can also be moulded. They are then assembled by thermo bonding onto an MDF panel.

If you have any questions regarding the types of doors available at reliable kitchen designers in your area, then do not hesitate to get in touch with their dedicated team who are more than happy to assist with any of your queries.