The use of glass countertops creates a stylish and elegant look in modern homes. If you desire a contemporary styled kitchen, glass countertops are perfect for achieving this look. Glass countertops offer designers an assortment of options regarding the actual design of the countertops. When used as a kitchen countertop, glass will prove to be hygenic and stain proof. In addition, the countertop will be created from one piece of glass which will create no seams or cracks. When additional customization is required, glass can also be used with stainless steel for a modern look. Glass kitchen countertops can be designed in an assortment of textures and colors. As a result the end result can be customized to compliment the decor of your kitchen.
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.
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.
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