Gaetane. Countertops. November 11th , 2017.
Granite exudes elegance in a kitchen and as the use of it becomes more widespread, prices have come down. Stone upgrades even the most modest kitchen. It holds up to heat and comes in a range of colors. It is substantial and will last a lifetime. It can have a mat finish as "honed" or a shiny polished finish. New sealers are almost maintenance-free but granite can require some periodic sealing and some stones, particularly marble, can absorb stains despite being properly sealed. Granite has the second highest hardness rating after diamonds but any stone can crack if it is stressed in transport or installed improperly. Stone offers a high value to home buyers and, particularly, granite kitchen countertops are elegant and timeless.
If a full-blown kitchen or bathroom remodel just isnt in your budget, you can still get a modern, updated look for your countertops. Countertop paint is one of the newest and most cost-effective ways to quickly and dramatically change the look of the countertops in your kitchen or bath. You can restore and renew the look of your outdated laminate countertops, in a variety of colors and finishes, including granite. If youve always thought that a countertop remodel was out of reach, think again and try starting your transformation this weekend. Countertop paint can definitely be a do-it-yourself project. If you are not the do-it-yourself type, find a professional paint contractor who has worked with these types of projects previously and can show you some pictures of past projects. If you choose a one-color application, an average sized countertop can be renewed for about $70.
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.
2. Quartz- and Acrylic-Based: Engineered Stone and "Solid Surface" Countertops made of engineered stone are composed of 93% quartz particles. Engineered stone offers a wider range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. Engineered stone is not as popular as granite and is often confused for granite but the regular consistency of the patterning gives it away as being man-made. In fact, engineered stone has all the benefits of granite but is easier to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone. It is more expensive than granite or stone. Engineered stone brands include Silestone, DuPont Zodiaq, LG Viatera and Cambria Quartz.
When it comes to choosing countertops for your kitchen, there are several choices available. The primary driver that will dictate your final choice is usually your budget. If money is no object, then almost anyone would go for a solid granite kitchen countertop. There is nothing like a good quality solid granite kitchen countertop complementing your kitchen cabinets. Elegance does come with a price though. Solid granite kitchen countertop needs a lot of care as it does absorb stains and can crack under duress (e.g. extreme heat and cold). If your budget still allows it but you do not want to have the hassle of maintaining a solid granite kitchen countertop, the next option would be engineered stone kitchen countertops. These are manmade and are much more resilient than solid granite. Market brands like DuPont and Siltstone carry many variations. The overall appearance and design of your kitchen can be influenced by your kitchen countertop. Therefore it is best that you consider not only what your personal choice of kitchen countertop is but also the kind of countertop that is most appropriate for your kitchen. Your budget is another important thing to consider when choosing a kitchen countertop.
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