Ormazd. Countertops. November 12th , 2017.
It can be challenging - even confusing - to find the right material for your countertops which are the hardest-working surfaces in your kitchen. Also, there are considerations you should address before choosing a countertop based on looks alone. A countertop should be durable, scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, water-resistant, stain-resistant, easy to clean, as well as attractive. This brief guide reviews five material categories selected for their perfect combination of practicality and beauty. There are many material options - natural, manufactured or engineered - to go on counters which can be installed as a solid surface or applied to a backing like a veneer.
Countertops are obtained from different varieties of natural stones like granite, marble, travertine, limestone, onyx. Especially granite countertops are said to be the essential and most required countertops by the people. Most of the people suggest granite countertops and marble countertops for their homes, buildings and monuments. Granite countertops are a durable material, with good resistance to scratch and stain. Granite countertops play a significant role in both interior and exterior decoration of houses, buildings and monuments. Most of the home owners and builders suggest granite countertops for their houses and building is that, its durability and resistance to heat, scratch, stain and spills.
Give the Impression of Being Expensive Material: If budget is not an issue, then the top choice should be a granite kitchen countertop. Granite countertops are perhaps the most popular and expensive among the choices of kitchen countertops available in the market today. The cost of granite varies considerably. It all depends on the finishing, the thickness and the edge of the granite slab. Granite material can really be very expensive, but still many homeowners love the look of granite on the kitchen. For people who can afford can even opt for a granite sink together with the granite countertops. While those with limited budget but still want granite countertop may install granite on one section, enough to give the kitchen a more stylish look. If you want a less expensive material, you can go for the laminate kitchen countertops. These are rather cheap and low-maintenance countertops that you can easily install yourself. While it does need minimum maintenance, you have to take care when using knives, hot pots and pans because any damage done on a laminate kitchen countertop is irreparable. Laminate countertops also need minimal cleaning everyday. Extra cleaning with a soft-bristled brush and soap can be done twice a week to remove accumulated dirt and oil.
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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