Template or not
A template will be created for most solid surface, some glass, quartz, granite and porcelain surfaces. The exception is solid surfaces such as Maia or Minerva, which are similar to Corian, Hi-Macs or Staron. They can be templated by a trained fabricator on site. This is because the sections are joined together in a way that blends away any visible joints. Cut-on-site quartz, such as Bushboard’s M-Stone and Mirostone, are fitted in much the same way but you will see joins of around 1mm between the slabs. These are filled with colour-match resin.
A rustic country kitchen with timber work surfaces. Photo: Jefferson Smith
Affordable kitchen work surfaces
Laminate and timber work surfaces are most often cut to fit on site. Similarly, stainless steel and copper installations can happen on site, if they are a standard size and shape. Anything bespoke comes at a higher price point and will most likely require installation off site.
To a certain degree, kitchen work surfaces are heat, scratch and stain-resistant. But it is still a good idea to protect them from damage with chopping boards and pan stands. If bleach, lemon or wine spills happen, clean it up as soon as possible. If left to sit on the surface for any length of time, staining may occur.
There is plenty you can do if your work surface needs a refresh after several years of use. Gently sand back solid timber in preparation for refinishing with Danish oil. Buff solid surfaces using a slightly abrasive cleaner. But do carry out a patch test first. With quartz and granite, make sure they are properly sealed in the first place. If staining does occur, you may need to apply a suitable poultice to draw out the mark. But take advice from your supplier before taking a DIY approach.
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