Counter With a Countertop
When choosing a countertop, it is best to consider how you use your kitchen first. What is best for your lifestyle? The first consideration is most likely one that begins with your décor in mind. It is imperative, however, that your countertops can stand up to wear and tear and requires very little maintenance. If you entertain a lot, you want maintenance, endurance and style.
There literally is a countertop to match almost every budget. Laminate countertops are at the lower end and metal tops are among the higher-priced materials. Consider sturdy and easy-to-care for laminate or a solid surface countertop. If style and appearance are your priorities, look for natural stone countertops.
If your kitchen is used excessively, maintenance will be a high priority. Some countertop materials and styles require little maintenance. When it’s time to clean up, just use a soft cloth and mild soap or detergent and they’re ready for use again. On the other hand, those made from specialty materials like marble and other natural stone surfaces, may require more maintenance.
Does your kitchen life require a lot of space? Consider the work area if you have time to plan the countertop dimensions and space. If you plan to use your kitchen more as an area for entertaining, there are options in each of the surfaces that show off your unique style.
There are many types of countertops to consider. Granite is composed of natural stone that’s endured for millions of years. Granite countertops are a favorite choice for many homeowners who use their kitchens as a way to express their unique style and taste. Granite countertops are extremely hard and durable and highly stain, scratch and heat resistant. Quartz is the natural choice that provides a unique feel and offers a non-porous and scratch resistant surface that’s ideal for use in the kitchen. Quartz countertops offer a choice of more than 50 dazzling, gem-like colors in two distinct finishes for your kitchen. Solid surface countertops are made from sturdy acrylic materials that are easy to care for and highly resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. Solid surface countertops are durable, non-porous and offer a seamless appearance, making them a popular choice for active households and come in a variety of colors, as well. One of the most cost-effective countertop options, laminate has long been a popular surface for kitchen countertops. Composed of a sturdy particleboard core with layers of tough bonded plastic, laminate offers durability as well as a broad variety of colors, patterns and textures that mirror the look of more expensive surfaces. A wood island-top adds warmth to your kitchen and complements your other countertop surfaces. For a clean, sophisticated look, consider adding stainless steel or copper countertops. As functional as they are elegant, these durable surfaces provide a striking hygienic space for food preparation and can be custom-built to any size or shape.
Countertops come in many shapes and sizes. Many perspective home buyers choose a home based solely on the kitchen. Countertops play a starring role in the overall décor of the kitchen. It should be beautiful but also, very functional.
Source: Countertops Buying Guide.” Buying Guide: Countertop Material, Maintenance & More. Web. 04 Dec. 2012.
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