Countertop paint sets are offered by many different manufacturers. Check websites and testimonials before you buy to gauge easy of application for each kit and long-term performance. Some manufacturers offer 100% Satisfaction Guarantees for their products. Kits can be found in popular discount superstores as well as on-line. Check around to get the best prices. Some manufacturers even provide a paint by number type template for do-it-yourselfers. Remember that while you newly painted countertops may look like granite, they are still laminate underneath, so you should continue to use trivets or protective pads before placing very hot items on your countertops. However, some countertop paint coating kits do provide a heat-resistant surface that is also safe to come in contact with food.
The use of glass countertops creates a stylish and elegant look in modern homes. If you desire a contemporary styled kitchen, glass countertops are perfect for achieving this look. Glass countertops offer designers an assortment of options regarding the actual design of the countertops. When used as a kitchen countertop, glass will prove to be hygenic and stain proof. In addition, the countertop will be created from one piece of glass which will create no seams or cracks. When additional customization is required, glass can also be used with stainless steel for a modern look. Glass kitchen countertops can be designed in an assortment of textures and colors. As a result the end result can be customized to compliment the decor of your kitchen.
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.
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