Remember your chemistry classes and laboratory classes during high school? The rooms are fitted with specially-designed countertops, however, these are different from the ones that you see in most homes. The main difference lies in their toughness; these countertops are designed to withstand the use and the abuse of flames, acids and chemicals that you usually handle in class. Epoxy countertops continue to be in hot demand: Right now, these countertops are still in hot demand and you no longer see these epoxy countertops on laboratories. Dont be surprised to see these epoxy countertops in many high-end kitchens of a number of homes. Even hotels and hospitals join the growing list of clients of these epoxy countertops. This only means one thing. Toughness will always be in, and style will only fade in time. But this is not the only thing that makes epoxy countertops a hot choice for many industries. There are a lot of other reasons why these epoxy countertops continues to be a hot trend anywhere.
Concrete countertops are only limited to the imagination and the ability to make the forms as such. All concrete requires coarse and fine aggregates for proper consistency and strength. In fact, these aggregates are a main composition of concrete. In the application of countertops, the aggregates are of great importance. Obviously, the aggregates must allow the concrete to set up as it should. However, aggregates can have roles in the aesthetics of the concrete countertop, as well. For example, the type of fine aggregates chosen (i.e. sand) can drastically change the color of the finished product. Also, if the countertop is polished, the process can grind into the concrete, exposing aggregates. In this case, aggregate sizes and colors are just as important as any concrete coloring to the final look of the top.
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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