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.
When searching for a new home, often the kitchen can serve as a deal breaker. Features such as backsplash, countertops, appliances and cabinetry are very important to the overall decor of your kitchen. Two of the most commonly used materials in designing kitchen countertops are glass and granite. Which is best for you? Perhaps you should take a closer look at both granite kitchen countertops and glass kitchen countertops to determine which is best suited for your home. Over the last ten years, granite kitchen countertops have become a very popular feature in home upgrades and renovation. Granite countertops are available in a large assortment of colors and patterns. These countertops are perfect for those that seek style and durability in the material used to create their countertops. Granite countertops often produce a unique style when installed. Granite is a natural element and as a result many of the stones tend to vary in pattern. This is an advantage for those that desire a custom, one of a kind look for their home.
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.
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