Sabourin. Countertops. November 07th , 2017.
The answer is "No". Most countertops of the materials listed above do have inherent qualities in them to protect themselves from damage. You can though never predict the gale wind that could bring your countertop down to dust! That said, treating natural countertops can make it resistant to any damage. First things, most natural stone countertops are heavy. The heaviness causes them to be scratch resistant apart from being resistant to stains. Middle Eastern mountains produce durable granites that are preferred for use as natural stone countertops. The granites produced from these mountains are found to be more resistant to heavy scratches and juice stains.
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.
Generally, the same rules apply for concrete countertop pre- and post-pour coloring techniques as they do for regular concrete slabs. Make sure to check rules and tips for each of these techniques before attempting. For example, you will likely want to wait until the concrete countertop is completely cured before applying any stain, which may take up to 60 days for interior applications. For every concrete countertop, you will want to use some sort of sealer. Concrete is naturally porous, so you will need a sealer to keep the pores from sucking in bacteria, stains, etc. There are many different sealers. Because this sealer will protect your concrete countertop investment, dont cheap out on this step. Especially for kitchen applications, choose an FDA approved sealer.
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.
There are also some that are less hassle than others, so pay attention to details like application procedures and length between reapplying. Sealers can come in many different sheens and even tints. A higher gloss sealer tends to bring out the richness of the colors, while a flat or matte sealer will tone the concrete countertop down a bit. Tinted sealer must be used carefully because if the color is conflicting or if the particle count of the tint is too high, it can completely ruin the hard work you put into the concrete countertop. Concrete countertop fabricators have been trying many unique ways to set their countertops apart. One semi-common technique is inlaying decorative materials into the concrete countertop when the concrete has yet to cure. Inlaid materials can include sea shells, tiles, natural stones, glass, etc. Even more delicate objects like preserved leaves can be inlaid. Although a sealer can add some protection, always consider the long-term durability of the materials you choose to inlay in the countertop.
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