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.
Also, you can use a router, like those used on granite or marble countertops, to create edge styles including bull nose, rounded corners, triple egg, ogee, and more. There are also a variety of Styrofoam and rubber edge molds that can mimic wood trim, jagged rock edge, and numerous more. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can create your own molds. Just remember: you only get one try. If you mess up, the only fix is a new concrete countertop. If you are really going for a streamline look with your countertop, consider actually molding your sink into the concrete countertop. This will mean you have one fluid piece that accounts for the counters and the sink with no seams. There are even more sink shapes available with concrete than there are with other materials. Again, if you can dream it and build the mold, you can make it with concrete.
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.
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