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.
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.
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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