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Encore Worktops

Encore solid surfaces, made by Bushboard, are a relatively new, yet increasingly popular type of solid surface worktop. Encore worktops are made up of a 5mm compression reinforced acrylic solid surface and a 38mm chipboard core.

Let’s have a look at some of the features of an Encore worktop:

Visual appeal

At the time of writing, Encore comes in eleven semi-matt colours / designs. They can be fitted with seamless joints and you can choose to incorporate drainer grooves and install matching upstands, splashbacks and hobpanels to maximise the effect of Encore’s sleek and simple lines.

I think most people would agree that, providing they have been installed correctly, Encore worktops, like most other solid surfaces, look amazing.

Functionality and Durability

Although Encore worktops are meant to have a heat resistance of up to 280 degrees C, this doesn’t mean that you should place items straight from the oven onto the worktop. The Encore care leaflet is very clear on this matter:

Protect it when placing hot pans or hot items from the oven.

The same leaflet also warns against chopping directly onto the Encore surface, dropping heavy things upon the worktop and allowing spills and splashes to go un-wiped.

As is the case with most solid surface worktops, Encore is quite easily scratched. Yet, most damage is reversible. Small scuffs and marks can often be polished away, whereas more significant marks can be sanded out or repaired (either invisibly or almost invisibly).

For most Encore worktops, if you use common sense and follow the care guidelines set out by Encore (involving daily cleaning and weekly polishing), your worktop should look great for years to come. This is certainly not the case if you have elected to install a Glacier White Encore solid surface worktop. This particular worktop (like other pure white solid surfaces) stains and marks incredibly easily. Although it is shown being used as a working kitchen worktop in the Encore brochure, I do not think it is an appropriate surface for a busy kitchen as you will spend an inordinate amount of time trying to keep it looking clean and mark-free.

All Encore worktops come with a ten year guarantee and they should be installed by an experienced Encore fitter who has undertaken the appropriate Encore installation training. As with other solid surface kitchen worktops, it is the quality of the installation which can determine the durability and usability of your worktop.

Cost

At the time of writing, a 2020mm length of Encore worktop cost approximately £300, and a 4100mm length cost about £445. In addition to these prices you would need to budget for professional installation, a fixing kit (to ensure that seamless joints are achieved) and Encore worktop polish and care materials.

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