The Duropal Guide
TO GOOD WORKTOPS
A Pfleidrer Company
Duropal guide to good worktops
While cabinets are examined for quality, door styles selected to suit individual tastes, and appliances
chosen to save labour, the work surface can be an afterthought. Yet worktops are the most visible part of
the kitchen and subject to the most punishment. Colour and finish must complement the cabinet fronts
and withstand knocks, abrasions, chemical attack, damp, cigarette burns and steam. There is no other
furniture component that is expected to tolerate so much. Those who buy a poor quality worktop will
soon be looking for a replacement. That entails removing the sink and hob, disturbing tiles, re-cutting
joints and trimming edge banding. An expensive and disruptive remedy.
If worktop colour, pattern and finish have not been carefully selected to match the surroundings, the
kitchen will be a disappointment. Again replacement may be necessary. Pfleiderer Industrie has pub-
lished this guide to help you get it right first time, saving you time and money and contributing to a
kitchen that you can be proud of.
For over forty years the best selling worktops have been manufactured from a dense wood particle board
protected by a decorative high pressure laminate (HPL). The majority of kitchens will continue to feature
this type of worktop as it is durable, hygienic, easy to fit and available in many styles at a reasonable
price. Other materials may be used, most notably in prestige kitchens. Particle board edged round the
perimeter forms a tray for tiles. Tiles can make an attractive surface but the grouting must be sealed and
hygienic cleaning can be difficult. Solid wood tops require regular treatment with oils and may lack long-
term durability. Slate and granites give a fine finish but it is not possible to make a secure, 'invisible'
joint. Composite worktops benefit from a smooth, seamless surface even in to sink bowls and up