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.
Replacing your current countertops with granite countertops instantly increases the value of your home. As a result, many would expect granite countertops to be very expensive to obtain and maintain. However, the opposite is true. Granite countertops are quite affordable, easy to maintain and retains its value. Granite is such a strong and reliable material to use when designed kitchen countertops. A few common issues are of no concern if you have granite countertops; some of these are chipping of countertops and burning. Granite itself is heatproof, so if you have to place a scorching pot on it, it will warm but not burn. Another popular trend in kitchen decor is the use of glass countertops. When you decorate in modern or contemporary home decor, it is likely that you will incorporate quite a bit of glass into your home decor. Well, the kitchen is included in that. Many homes decorated in modern decor feature glass countertops.
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.
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