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Kitchen Countertops
Written by Elizabeth Wood
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.

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