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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Kitchen countertops are probably the most commonly used aspect of a
kitchen, next in line with the refrigerator. As with other key
kitchen areas, such as flooring and cabinets, the material you
choose will reflect appearance and functionality, as well as price.
Kitchen counter tops come in a variety of materials. These materials
include concrete, marble, granite, wood, ceramic, limestone, slate,
quartz, and even stainless steal.
Solid surface countertops are the highest quality countertop. They
include granite, slate and marble. Generally, they are popular with
homeowners because they are the most durable, resistant to stains
and mildew and scratches and burns can easily be sanded out of this
superior finish. They can also be ordered custom-formed to hide
seams and custom designs are available with contrasting inlays. You
will be putting more money into this fine quality countertop, but
saving money in the future with repairs.
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. You can also
customize plastic laminates with end caps, mitered corners, bull
nosing, and sink holes.
If cost is a concern, simple durable tile countertops are also a
good choice. Glazed ceramic and porcelain tile will not stain, is
tough, heat resistant, and eye-catching. Ceramic tile is available
in many colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes. In addition, granite
tile and marble tile are also popular options. Stone and is
considered to be a high end choice for serious cooks.
For a modern, high tech appeal, stainless steal is the perfect
selection for a countertop. Steal is a touch material, resistant to
stains and high temperatures. However, it does require a solid, firm
underlayment and it does show scratches easily.