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Which worktop is right for me?

We know that choosing a worktop for your kitchen is a difficult process, making sure you select the material that's right for you and that works best with your kitchen in terms of colour, style and cost. With that in mind we've put this guide together for you. It explains in detail how your worktop will be measured, made to order and installed, and what part you play in the process.

This guide will also explain the unique features of a specialist worktop, what you can expect the finished product to look like and how to care for it so it will continue to look as beautiful as the day it was installed.

Laminate

Laminate Worktop

Much like laminate flooring, laminate kitchen worktops are a versatile choice that realistically mimic materials such as wood and granite for a fraction of the cost. With glossy or matt finishes available, the Wren Kitchens selection of laminate worktops can help you to create the kitchen of your dreams.

  • 1 year guarantee
  • Low colour and pattern variation
  • Stain resistant
  • No maintenance required

Luxury Laminate

Luxury Laminate Worktop

Luxury Laminate worktops are a cut above the rest, available in 32 colours, three edge-banding profiles and three different thicknesses, totalling 102 combinations available.

It's the ideal way to make an impact in your kitchen.

  • 2 year guarantee
  • Low colour and pattern variation
  • Stain resistant
  • No maintenance required

Timber

Timber Worktop

Classic and contemporary, a Timber worktop brings the natural beauty of wood into the home giving a unique and warm finish to every kitchen.

Timber is tough and hardwearing and with care - and regular oiling - it even improves with age. Protect against heat by using trivets for hot pans and always use a chopping board during food preparation.

  • 5 year guarantee
  • Some pattern variation
  • Low colour variation
  • Some maintenance required

What to expect from your Timber worktop.

As a natural material, every slab of Timber is unique with its own grain patterns and colour giving it a charm of its own. The individual staves that make up the block design of your worktop are carefully selected to harmonise in terms of colour and grain however there will be variations in tone and pattern across a single worktop.

Hardwood staves are approximately 40mm wide and are finger-jointed together for strength and flexibility. The staves are glued together into long 'strands' with joints in the centre of the strand for an even block pattern. Once the surface of the Timber worktop is manufactured, the surface is triple sanded to create a smooth finish. Small air pockets can occur when the wood is dried, appearing as small cracks on the finish. This is a natural occurrence. Once smooth, the worktops are all oiled with specialist oils made for Timber worktops. This is done at Wren and the final oiling is done in your home.

Solid Timber worktops are available in thicknesses of 40mm and 60mm. The maximum slab size of a standard 610mm wide worktop is 3050mm, and 2400mm for a 1000mm wide breakfast bar. The maximum slab size you can have depends on access to your kitchen and unit support. For worktops that are larger than this, you'll need two or more slabs that will be joined together underneath with worktop bolts.

How to care for your Timber worktop.

All of our Timber worktops come with a care and maintenance kit. Just follow these guidelines to keep your Timber worktop at its best:

  • We recommend that you always use trivets when putting anything hot such as a pan on a Timber worktop.
  • Chopping boards should also be used during food prep to protect the surface of the wood.
  • Any spilled liquids should be wiped up straight away - it's best not to let liquid stand on a wooden worktop.
  • If your worktop does get a burn or a stain, this can be removed by sanding gently with the grain and re-oiling.
  • Regularly oil your Timber worktop to prevent it from drying out and pay particular attention to areas which get wet regularly or are affected by heat - such as sinks, cookers or toasters.

Gemini Quartz®

Quartz Worktop

Beautiful and built to last, a sleek Quartz worktop gives your Wren kitchen a unique finishing touch.

A Quartz worktop is an investment in style and substance. Made from one of nature's strongest minerals - Quartz - mixed with resin, this advanced engineering process combines the natural beauty of stone with all of the benefits of technology. That means you enjoy the look and feel of real stone in a wide variety of colours and patterns that are more consistent in tone than any raw organic material.

  • 10 year guarantee
  • Some pattern variation
  • Low colour variation
  • Stain resistant
  • Some maintenance required

What to expect from your Quartz worktop.

As an organic material made from natural crystals, your Quartz worktop is unique. Colour, pattern and tonality are not totally uniform, however there is a high degree of consistency compared to other natural materials and colour variation is low.

The patterns in a Quartz worktop also vary slightly as the particle structure can differ. This can affect veining and marbling consistency but only to a small degree. Small spots and faint patches can also occur naturally - and this is part of the unique charm of organic materials.

Some colours are less consistent in intensity than others, particularly if there is marble veining. There is slightly more variation in some colours than others in the range and can also highlight joints, especially if there is a directional change in graining. If you are having several worktops or very long runs, talk to your Kitchen Designer for advice on what colour will best suit your needs.

The glittering Mirror fleck - or Starburst - colours have a mirror particle mixed with theQuartz stone. For a naturally sparkling look, this particle is distributed randomly and does not always face the surface. Resin is used to fill tiny holes where mirror particles have detached during manufacturing along with very small naturally-occurring air holes.

How to care for your Quartz worktop.

Quartz is one of the easiest surfaces to look after - it doesn't need treating with any sealants or wax and if you look after it carefully, it can last a lifetime. As Corian® is a man-made material, it has been engineered to be easy to look after so it will remain fresh and smart for years to come.

  • Clean up any spills of household items such as tea, coffee, wine, vinegar, fruit juice and cooking sauces quickly. It's easier to clean them when they happen rather than when they dry. Use a damp cloth and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive liquid cleaner.
  • For more stubborn items use a household cream cleaner with a non-abrasive cleaning pad. Then rinse the area thoroughly with water and dry with paper or cloth towels. For best results, wipe and dry in smooth circular motions with a lint-free cloth.
  • If a stain has become dry and more difficult to remove, start by removing any excess with a blunt plastic scraper, then clean the surface with a damp cloth and if necessary a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive household cream cleaner. Rinse thoroughly and dry with paper or cloth towels.
  • Stripping agents, grease removers, caustic soda or products that have a pH value above 10 shouldn't be used on your worktop. Also avoid solvents which contain dichloromethane, chloromethane or methylene chloride.
  • Oils, chemicals, dyes and solvents can permanently damage your worktop. If you spill any of them on your Quartz worktop, blot them up immediately and rinse with plenty of clean water. Dry with paper or cloth towels and for best results wipe and dry in smooth circular motions with a lint-free cloth.
  • Takeaways such as curries can contain oils and dyes which can stain a Quartz worktop - it's best to clean up spills as soon as possible.
  • Quartz can withstand a certain amount of heat but trivets should always be used.
  • Chopping boards are recommended and avoid dropping, knocking or rubbing objects on the edge of your worktop.
  • Your Quartz worktops come with a care and maintenance kit.

Dupont Corian®

Dupont Corian Worktop

Smooth, even and virtually seamless, Corian® worktops complete an ultra contemporary luxury kitchen design like nothing else can.

Corian® is the most consistent in appearance of all of our specialist worktops. It has an almost completely uniform look with a very low variation in colour and pattern. Slight variations are only noticeable with some veined colours and we use our expertise to minimise these contrasts by cutting to maximise the pattern flow.

  • 10 year guarantee
  • Some pattern variation
  • Low colour variation
  • Stain resistant
  • Some maintenance required

What to expect from your Corian worktop.

As a man-made specialist worktop, Corian® is very consistent in appearance compared to Granite and Quartz - although slight variations can occur in colour and tonality. This depends on colour chosen but it's worth noting that veined Corian® colours vary in intensity and highlight joints more than other colours. There is a Corian® colour rating - with grades given for markability, usage and change of colour over time. Your Kitchen Designer can talk you though the ratings of the colours to make sure that you've chosen the most suitable one for your home and kitchen design.

Pattern variation such as veining and marbling is generally low in all Corian® colours with a couple of exceptions which can show slightly wider differences. We use our expertise to minimise the effect but if this is a concern for you, please discuss your options with your Kitchen Designer.

Veined Corian® colours are cut out to maximise the pattern flow within the external dimensions of the sheet. Although, it is not always possible to match pattern direction across all worktops, we use our skills to give you the most harmonious effect overall.

How to care for your Corian Worktop.

As Corian® is a man-made material, it has been engineered to be easy to look after so it will remain fresh and smart for years to come.

  • It has a non-porous surface which means it doesn't absorb liquids so it is resistant to stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar and other common products and it doesn't support the growth of bacteria or fungi, making it a hygienic choice.
  • Corian® is renewable which means your worktop can be renewed with ordinary and mild household cleaners and a scouring pad - or through a professional restoration service.
  • In most instances, all you need to clean your Corian® worktop is warm soapy water, an ammonia-based household cleaner or a dedicated worktop cleaner. Avoid using window cleaning solutions.
  • Make sure the surface is always kept dry to prevent film building up - dry any spills or cleaning products straight away.
  • Some colours of Corian® will need more frequent cleaning to keep the finish looking uniform - darker colours tend to need more attention than lighter colours.
  • Over time, even with proper care, a Corian® worktop will develop a sheen. Dark colours may also show light scratches more easily. However, it's a simple process to restore your worktop to its original glory.
  • Although Corian® is tough and heat resistant, always protect your worktop by using trivets and chopping boards. Avoid direct heat exposure and never place hot pans directly on the worktop. We recommend keeping a trivet under portable heat-generating appliances such as a toaster oven.
  • Avoid getting any strong chemicals such as paint remover or oven cleaner on your Corian® surface. If you do spill one of these chemicals, flush the surface with cold water immediately to fully rinse off the chemical.
  • Your Corian® worktops come with a care and maintenance kit.

Granite

Granite Worktop

There's no more luxurious way to finish your Wren kitchen than with the dramatic beauty of a Granite worktop.

A natural stone, Granite is made from volcanic magma. Its endless variety of colours and patterns is created by the mineral content and the movement of the lava as it cooled over millions of years. Colours are unique to the mountainside where a block is quarried and every worktop cut from it will have a different pattern. Your worktop will be one of a kind.

  • 10 year guarantee
  • High pattern variation
  • High colour variation
  • Some maintenance required

What to expect from your Granite worktop.

As a natural stone, every slab of Granite is unique and colour, pattern and tonality will vary. This is what gives it its beauty. Some Granites vary more than others and your Kitchen Designer can help you choose the right one for you and your kitchen. Remember, what you see in the Showroom is only a sample to provide an indication of colour, not an exact match. The three samples of Donatello Granite (below) show the pattern and colour variation that can be expected with a Granite worktop.

Our craftsmen aim for a harmonious effect and cut worktops to maximise pattern flow within the external dimensions of each slab. However it is not always possible to match pattern direction across all worktops in your kitchen - this variation is part of the material's natural charm.

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*These three samples of Donatello Granite show the pattern and colour variation that can be expected with a Granite worktop. Some Granites have wider variation than others.

How to care for your Granite worktop.

It takes a surprisingly small amount of effort to maintain the stunning appearance of a Granite worktop. If you look after it properly, it can last a lifetime.

  • Clean up any spills of household items such as tea, coffee, wine, vinegar, fruit juice and cooking sauces quickly. It's easier to clean them when they happen than when they dry. Use a damp cloth and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive liquid cleaner.
  • For more stubborn items use a household vinegar-based cleaner with a non-abrasive cleaning pad. Then rinse the area thoroughly with water and dry with paper or cloth towels. For best results, wipe and dry in smooth circular motions with a lint-free cloth.
  • If a stain has become dry and more difficult to remove, start by removing any excess with a blunt plastic scraper, then clean the surface with a damp cloth and if necessary a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive vinegar-based cream cleaner. Rinse thoroughly and dry with paper or cloth towels.
  • Stripping agents, grease removers, caustic soda or products that have a pH value above 10 shouldn't be used on your Granite worktop. Also avoid solvents which contain dichloromethane, chloromethane or methylene chloride.
  • Oils, chemicals, dyes and solvents can permanently damage your worktop. If you spill any of them on your Granite worktop, blot them up immediately and rinse with plenty of clean water. Dry with paper or cloth towels and wipe and dry in smooth circular motions with a lint-free cloth.
  • Takeaways such as curries can contain oils and dyes which can stain a Granite worktop - it's best to clean up any spills as soon as possible.
  • Chopping boards are recommended and avoid dropping, knocking or rubbing objects on the edge of your worktop.
  • Granite can withstand a moderate amount of heat but trivets should be used for hot items where possible.
  • You'll get a Granite Care Kit with your worktop for regular maintenance.