5. Concrete Contemporary and industrial, concrete countertops offer another option that blends function and chic modern design. These can be constructed and cast right in your kitchen and they can be color-tinted. New treatments reduce the porous character and eliminate cracking. Concrete is heat and scratch resistant, and the look is exotic and unusual, a nice variant on the modern design theme. In sum, these are kitchen countertop options for every style and every budget. Any of the five material choices for your new or remodeled kitchen will give character and beauty to your hardest-working kitchen surface. Your choice will define your kitchen as the countertop is the focus of every kitchen. These choices have a proven record of durability as well as beauty. While there are other choices, like laminates which scratch, lift up at their edges and look cheap, or butcher block wood surfaces which can be porous, scratched and require much maintenance, only these five categorical choices will boost your home value while they survive scratches, food and water spills to maintain a clean, stylish, decorative appearance.
There are a variety of colors available in the single color product, and the granite option comes in many colors as well including chocolate, sapphire blue, green, sand and even red granite looks. A variety of patterns and color grade may be achieved with the same set of countertop paint depending upon your application technique. Wondering how long this project will take? Its a lot easier and faster than you think to apply it. Achieving a granite look will take as little as 4 hours for an average size (approximately 35 square feet) countertop. These impressive countertop paints also seal out moisture, are low odor and water based. In addition, the kits give you just about everything you need to successfully transform your countertops including a high-grade clear finish coat and associated rollers, foam applicators and a step by step instructional DVD. On average, for most countertop paint kits, its recommended that you wait 3 days before using your newly painted countertops. Plan accordingly as you may not want to start a project like this within a holiday time period or when high use of your kitchen or bath countertops are expected.
The plank-type countertops start at about $35 psf for material only, and the end-grain types of counters cost right around $22 psf, again material only. This is a job for the professional countertop installer and you should only attempt this job if you are very handy. The reason for this is that a typical countertop installation requires many specialized cuts, and that is usually a job for a professional countertop installer. How to Care for Bamboo Countertops: Care of Bamboo is extremely simple. To keep these eco-friendly countertops in tip-top shape, just clean them with a solution of mild soap and warm water. As these counters have a finish applied, its important not to set hot items directly on your bamboo countertops. Because bamboo is basically a wood product, you should avoid cutting directly on the counter surface as well. Both the finish and the counter surface can be damage with knives. Not only the green properties, but the beauty and reasonable cost make bamboo an attractive option for your countertops. Bamboo is a beautiful and a cost-effective option to traditional wood and the more expensive composite or natural stone counters.
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