Similar to the quartz-based engineered stone countertops are the seamless, manufactured acrylic-based ones that are called "Solid Surface" counters. While they also offer a wide assortment of colors, patterns and finishes, they dont have the natural look of stone. They do resist stains, moisture, sunlight and heat, and inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria. However, they are vulnerable to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface. Solid Surface countertops are custom-made and their acrylic material can be formed to include an integrated sink with seamless installation. Brands of Solid Surface countertops include Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone.
While you may choose granite or ceramic for the majority of countertops, you may want a section of wood for chopping, cutting and slicing, or marble for rolling out pastry and candy making. The combination of two materials can be worked into the design and provide the best solution, where one type of material is for a work area, and another for clean-up or eating. In fact, countertops affect the look and feel of the whole kitchen and can make a dramatic design statement. 1. Stone: Granite, Marble and Limestone Granite, marble and limestone may be the most expensive choice but they are the top choice for beauty and practicality. They will last forever with proper care. Granite is the leading choice within this category. The stone can be installed as a solid surface but a more reasonable installation can be made as granite or limestone tiles with tight grout lines.
The clear coat finish adds a boost of shine and provides a durable protective surface to your renewed countertops. If youve been dreaming of new countertops for a long time but a Corian or Granite makeover just isnt in your budget, definitely consider revamping your tired laminate or Formica countertops now with this exciting new product. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to do yourself, but the results are durable and stunning. Colors can be mixed to match any décor and style. A few hours of your time and a roll up your sleeves and get it done attitude, can easily and affordably transform your kitchen or bathroom countertop in time for your next social gathering to impress your friends and family. Who knows? Your guests may be so impressed with you expertise, that they may decide to transform their own countertops too.
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