Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Safety While Fitting Worktops

I just finished writing an article for my website about Router Safety Rules. I went out with another kitchen fitter the other day and was shocked by the lack of health and safety awareness he had. Tools laying everywhere, hanging neck chain, no eye protection.. it was just a accident waiting to happen.

A lot of people who come on to my kitchen worktops website, people that are not fitters by trade and want to do a bit of Kitchen Worktop DIY. These people should have a good idea of health and safety practices before they undertake a kitchen worktop replacement project. If people in the trade are taking such a back seat I thought it was imperative to let the user of my site know the potential dangers involved.

Some are very guessable like wearing eye protection and don't touch the router blade etc... But I don't think people realise how easily things like having long hair and wearing dangling items such as ties can cause all sorts of serious accidents.

There are many hidden dangers in the kitchen at the best of times, So I would advise you to reed my guide. Click on the link above, But also read through any Safety material that is supplied with your tools.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Replacing Kitchen Worktops

As a service over at my main website Worktop Magic, we provide kitchen worktops to people across the UK but a lot of people don't know that we actually fit locally as well. So I decided to put a case study together on our Kitchen Worktop Replacements and went out with one of the fitters to take some before and after pictures and also list the prices involved.

The people I have spoken to so far about have said they thought the whole process would be much more expensive and time consuming. When really its not. To give a brief overview of the process. Pick a worktop from our Omega our Prima range, call us and arrange a time for us to come and measure up. We then come and fit the Worktops in just one day. Take a look at our Kitchen Worktop Replacements case study to see pictures and get more of an idea of price.

Let me know what you think.


Sunday, 22 August 2010

Tips on getting a modern Kitchen Worktop

Kitchen worktops have become an important part of every kitchens layout as well as conceptual experience. In addition to being a basic working surface for your gizmo's to rest on, an outstanding worktop colour/substance combination along with and interesting style can influence your current kitchens overall look. In choosing your kitchen worktop, you'll want to factor in cost, overall look, versatility all in addition to sturdiness. Below are a few guidelines to help you out when shopping for one.

Substance and composition together is usually a key element of almost any kitchen worktops. If at all possible, you need something that will be long-lasting, value for money and straightforward to keep up. There are various choices for you at this point, ranging from granite, oiled wood and marble to laminate worktops. Amongst these, laminate worktops tend to be the widely used worktop of preference simply because they have a excellent balance among sturdiness, price and also layout freedom. The second, particularly, is exactly what everybody appreciates mainly because it gives them liberate rein over the look of their own surface. While not as durable as granite or stainless steel, laminate kitchen worktops are nevertheless more robust when compared with oiled wood, and can unquestionably resist stains which makes it superior to limestone. Perfect for every kitchen style.

Granite is a luxurious preference for those who want the greatest durability. Resistant against knocks, warmth, slices as well as every virtually possible hazard your worktop may come into contact with, you can be positive this can last you for a long, long time to come. All the same, granite is incredibly pricey and does not provide the same design and style that laminate worktops accomplish. Furthermore, granite can be comparatively heavy which means that additional support is essential at its foundation to be able to support it. Granite is best suited for expensive households which has an emphasis on excessive lifestyle and extravagance.

Oiled wood is the perfect accomplice to any wood lover. It's usually resistant to heat and humidity so even warm locations use oiled wood worktops. Oiled wood kitchen worktops usually are not tough to sustain, as a handful of oiling treatments every season or so may shield it from splits. If your kitchen design is angling in the direction of a wooden look, this will fit in perfectly.

Glass types of surface are extremely attractive as well as modern looking, ideal for the executive kitchens available right now. Glass can also be easy to clean, and is usually very repellent towards heat. Having said that, the chief challenge with glass will be that it's susceptible to scuff and cuts. In addition, even reinforced glass can easily shatter so use caution any time managing sharp and also heavy items.

Take into account all these little tips and you will an easier time picking the different styles of worktops available to you. Have some fun browsing and designing!