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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
When remodeling your kitchen, countertops should be on the top of
your list. After all, aside from your refrigerator, your kitchen
counters are used most frequently. With so many materials, colors,
and styles to choose from, selecting the right counter top can be
Kitchen counter tops come in a variety of materials. Selecting the
right material is vital to the appearance and functionality of your
kitchen. You want a counter top to enhance the visual statement of
your kitchen while still being durable enough to survive its
Plastic laminates are typically the most widely used material for
kitchen countertops. This is true mainly because it is inexpensive,
resistant to stains and grease, low maintenance, hides scratches,
and it comes in an array of colors and textures. However, sharp
objects and hot pans can damage laminate plastic countertops and the
damage is hard to repair.
Solid surface countertops are similar to plastic laminate in that
they both are durable but susceptible to damage from sharp objects.
However, with its increased price, come more benefits such as no
underlayment needed and the option of ordering it custom formed to
hide seams. Solid surface veneers will give you the same durability
and resistance to stains as your standard solid surface countertop,
but with a decrease in price. This is due to its limited variety of
patterns and colors, as well as its need for an underlayment.
Butcher block countertops, made from hardwoods such as red or white
oak, offer an alternative look and appeal. Wood never goes out of
style and will always give you a warm, natural look. Although
scratches can easily be sanded out from wood, the over all
maintenance must be kept up.
Steal, on the other hand, is very easy to clean and is the perfect
choice for serious cooks. Steal offers a stylish modern look to your
kitchen. Although steal countertops may be very appealing, durable
and easy to maintain, they are also very expensive, heavy and
difficult to install.
If you are looking to keep cost low, it is best to stick with a
simple durable tile countertop. Glazed ceramic and porcelain tile
will not stain, but keep in mind that you cannot use ceramic
material as a cutting board! Porcelain is more expensive but also
more durable. For the best protection, granite slabs will offer you
stain and heat resistance. Also, granite will increase the value of
Materials and Costs:
• Concrete: $100 per square foot.
• Marble: $50-$100 per square foot.
• Granite: $50-$100 per square foot.
• Wood: $50-$100 per square foot.
• Ceramic: $10-$30 per square foot.
• Limestone: $50-$100 per square foot.
• Slate: $50-$100 per square foot.
• Quartz: $50-$100 per square foot.
• Stainless Steal: $100-$200 per square foot.
• Laminate: $25-$50 per square foot.
• Solid Surface: $90-$150 per square foot.