Gaetane. Countertops. November 05th , 2017.
Soapstone countertops are most popular of the countertops and have been used for centuries. Soapstone is highly immune to acidic or alkaline materials and hence can be used in a variety of fixtures. People have used soapstone as preferred countertops in sculptures, goblets, fireplaces and tabletops. Most natural stone countertops, as can be seen are naturally resistant to staining and scratching in varying degrees. The importance of regular sealing and polishing though cannot be undermined. Regular sealing of the natural stone countertops will ensure that the resistance properties of the natural stone countertop remain with it forever. Bottom-line, natural countertops are resistant to scratch and stain. The important questions that challenge the resistance of these countertops are - 1) How permanent is the scratch? And 2) What is the degree of the scratch? Expect to be disappointed if you have your quartz countertop subjected to heavy scratches all the time. You must seal and polish your countertops regularly to ensure they retain their resistance power against scratching and staining.
Concrete countertops are only limited to the imagination and the ability to make the forms as such. All concrete requires coarse and fine aggregates for proper consistency and strength. In fact, these aggregates are a main composition of concrete. In the application of countertops, the aggregates are of great importance. Obviously, the aggregates must allow the concrete to set up as it should. However, aggregates can have roles in the aesthetics of the concrete countertop, as well. For example, the type of fine aggregates chosen (i.e. sand) can drastically change the color of the finished product. Also, if the countertop is polished, the process can grind into the concrete, exposing aggregates. In this case, aggregate sizes and colors are just as important as any concrete coloring to the final look of the top.
Similar to the quartz-based engineered stone countertops are the seamless, manufactured acrylic-based ones that are called "Solid Surface" counters. While they also offer a wide assortment of colors, patterns and finishes, they dont have the natural look of stone. They do resist stains, moisture, sunlight and heat, and inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. However, they are vulnerable to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface. Solid Surface countertops are custom-made and their acrylic material can be formed to include an integrated sink with seamless installation. Brands of Solid Surface countertops include Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone.
Replacing your current countertops with granite countertops instantly increases the value of your home. As a result, many would expect granite countertops to be very expensive to obtain and maintain. However, the opposite is true. Granite countertops are quite affordable, easy to maintain and retains its value. Granite is such a strong and reliable material to use when designed kitchen countertops. A few common issues are of no concern if you have granite countertops; some of these are chipping of countertops and burning. Granite itself is heatproof, so if you have to place a scorching pot on it, it will warm but not burn. Another popular trend in kitchen decor is the use of glass countertops. When you decorate in modern or contemporary home decor, it is likely that you will incorporate quite a bit of glass into your home decor. Well, the kitchen is included in that. Many homes decorated in modern decor feature glass countertops.
Epoxy countertops as better primed up for use and abuse: But first a quick rundown on what these countertops are. These countertops are made as the by-product of oil based refining. These countertops are in the past are the domain of laboratories thanks to their toughness- they can withstand use and abuse and can weather the high volume spills of liquids and chemicals. These countertops are also resistant to moisture, impact and heat. For this reason these countertops are the obvious choice for areas that are corrosive and areas known for high level of moisture. Here are the other things that make countertops a better choice compared to other countertops.
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