Gaetane. Countertops. November 11th , 2017.
Your material of choice can impact the kind of sink you want, whether it is integrated, drop-in or under-mount, An integrated sink will only work with stainless steel or solid-surface materials, like Corian. A drop-in sink is the most versatile and can be used with any type of countertop material, and an under-mount sink also works with any material except for wood. Also consider textures and edges as your material choice will impact these as well. You will want to investigate all the edge styles for your choice and check the sharpness and thickness of the profile. A combination of two materials can be a solution when you are considering tasks that will be performed on that countertop.
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.
The initial type of bamboo countertops are actually a form of laminate. To create this eco-friendly product, manufacturers start by making cross-brand laminates that they call multilam. Small strips of bamboo are then glued together to produce the planks. Once all of the separate planks are assembled, they are all glued together with a formaldehyde-free, non-toxic adhesive. Once the countertops are delivered to the jobsite and installed, they will most likely need to to have a finish sealer applied. Use a low VOC sealer to keep your countertops eco-friendly, and as green as you can. Bamboo Countertops Constructed From End Grain: End-Grain bamboo is an alternative method of manufacturing countertops. The end grain bamboo is glued together just like the planks. But, rather than creating planks of long bamboo, the manufacturers of end-grain bamboo countertops create them from rectangular pieces of bamboo. Theyre glued together much like the planks and a finish sealer is added. What is the Cost of Bamboo Countertops? The cost of bamboo is relatively inexpensive when compared to that of granite or solid surface countertops.
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.
Also, if exposing the aggregate, consider using aggregates other than gravel, including broken glass, marble or granite chips, nuts and bolts, etc. Portland cement is the binder that keeps concrete held together. Because traditional Portland cement is grey in color, it can have an effect on the overall look of the concrete countertop. If you are looking for a top that can be easily stained dark colors, or if you are wanting to leave the concrete countertops the natural, grey color, then regular Portland is the right choice for the project. However, if your concrete countertop is going to be white or light colors, or you need it to be easily dyed or stained, you may be better suited to choose a white Portland cement. It has the same binding properties as traditional Portland, only it is white in color when cured.
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