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How to Choose the Perfect Bench Top for Your New Kitchen

By Alby Turner & Son in conjunction with Steedform

Choosing the right bench top is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your new kitchen. It can become a rather overwhelming process with so many factors to consider, from aesthetics, integration and pricing to overall cleaning and maintenance.

To make this process a little easier on you, the team at Alby Turner & Son have outlined several types of bench tops that are available at Steedform, along with their advantages. We’ve also detailed what’s involved in the bench top installation process, so that you know what to expect as your new kitchen comes to life. 

Steedform has remained a long-time partner of Alby Turner & Son. Our team swears by Steedform’s superior bench top manufacturing capabilities and outstanding workmanship. Steedform’s comprehensive understanding of bench top design, practicality and cost allows them to recommend bench top solutions that our clients are sure to love.   

Below, we list several bench top materials by Steedform that are sure to enhance the look and functionality of your new Alby Turner & Son kitchen.  

 Engineered Stone Bench Tops

Engineered stone bench top by Steedform. Kitchen Design by Alby Turner & Son.

Engineered stone is a man-made stone that combines quartz crystal and resin and can closely mimic the look of natural stone. Advantages to engineered stone bench tops include: 

  • available in a wide range of colours and finishes 
  • you can expect consistency in colours and textures, as this stone is man-made and therefore,
  • less porous (absorbent) than other materials
  • if cleaned reasonably promptly will resist stains (please keep in mind, that this material is not completely stain-proof)
  • Engineered stone is also scratch resistant  

Porcelain Bench Tops

Porcelain bench top by Steedform. Kitchen Design by Alby Turner & Son.

Porcelain is a ceramic product that has been baked at high temperatures to achieve a glass-like, permanently hardened, virtually non-porous material. It is manufactured from a sophisticated blend of natural raw materials using sintered particle technology. Advantages to porcelain bench tops include:

  • durable
  • heat-resistant
  • pressure-resistant
  • stain-resistant 
  • scratch-proof  

Natural Stone Bench Tops

Natural stone bench top by Steedform. Joinery by Alby Turner & Son.

Natural stone is a beautiful addition to any home. Natural Stone refers to a number of products quarried from the Earth, used over many thousands of years as building materials and decorative enhancements. As one of the more expensive bench top materials available, natural stone such as marble, granite or limestone, is a material that is a statement in itself. Advantages to natural stone bench tops include:

  • natural stone is a custom material, as no two slabs are the same (like human fingerprints) 
  • adds an element of luxury to your kitchen design that is sure to turn heads 
  • allows for customised benchtop profiling as an added decorative element

The Bench Top Installation Process

The benchtop installation process can become overwhelming and a little frustrating if you are unsure of what to expect. The Alby Turner & Son team will collaborate with your chosen trades to ensure a seamless project completion.

STEP ONE: All cabinetry is installed into your kitchen and no further changes need to be made. 

STEP TWO: Templating is undertaken to take accurate measurements of the kitchen which will be used to cut and manufacture the stone. This can take 1-2 hours or up to one full day to complete, depending on the size of the space. 

STEP THREE: When all measurements have been recorded and your stone has been cut and manufactured, installation may begin. This process can take between 10 to 15 working days to complete, overall. 

Alby Turner & Son coordinate craftsmen via our selected stone mason to carry out your bench top installation. Two or more friendly installers will visit your home to install your new bench top, ensuring you have a stress-free experience and that no mess is left behind. 


If you require any additional information about the different types of bench top materials that are available or the installation process, please get in touch with Alby Turner & Son on (08) 8266 1066 or email us at [email protected]