Bisaillon. Countertops. November 04th , 2017.
Natural stone countertop used in kitchens! Surprising, yet it is true that natural stone is used as countertop materials in kitchens. They may not be the first choice though of many people due to their costs but they are popular indeed. Natural stone countertops are sleek looking and have a touch of finesse about them. There are different varieties of natural stone countertops available in the market. Expect to find Granite kitchen countertops, Quartz countertops, Marble countertops and Slate countertops. Already, you must be feeling that there are many variations to natural stone countertops and can be best used for any kitchen. Are they though naturally resistant to any damage?
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.
White Portland is the only way to get a truly white concrete countertop. There are a variety of techniques used to achieve a certain color in a concrete countertop. One of the most basic methods is adding a pigment into the concrete mix before the countertop is poured. These colors are often called integral colors or integrated colors. Integral colors add color throughout the countertop, making the center of the countertop the same color as the surface. This is especially important if any grinding or polishing is to occur after the pour. Post-pour colors will grind off, exposing the original color of the concrete. Some post-pour concrete coloring techniques include stained concrete countertops, tinted concrete countertops, and dyed concrete countertops. Each coloring method will result in a uniquely different result.
Apply decorative flakes or other decorative elements, and allow to dry per manufacturers instructions. After recommended drying time, you may need to sand lightly to remove any loose flakes or to smooth the surface, always check specific instructions for your application type. Blend countertop paint top coat and apply carefully and evenly with recommended applicator (rollers are often used). Do not over-roll or this will create air bubbles. Apply second layer of countertop paint top coat as directed and allow to dry completely. Whether you are just plain tired of your laminate countertops and wish to change the color of them, or are trying to hide minor cosmetic flaws such as scratches on your countertops or you want to give your kitchen or bath an updated look without spending a fortune, countertop paint is the answer youve been looking for. Depending upon the type and brand of kit you purchase, some of these paints can carry a lifetime and/or 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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.
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