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Choosing The Right Materials For Your New Countertops

Oct 30, 2007
There are a number of different materials that you can use to make your kitchen counters with, but depending on your budget and the look that you want for your kitchen, you will end up having to choose one over the other.

The higher end material that use for your counters and the rest of your kitchen, the more value remodeling your kitchen will bring to your home. There are a few different options that you can choose from, but one of the most popular things going is granite and other stone.

Natural and engineered stone has become an extremely popular material for use in the kitchen and it, like any other material, has its perks and its drawbacks. One of the bad things about granite and other kinds of stone is the fact that they are porous and have to be sealed.

They do not handle heat very well and are stained fairly easily. It is also expensive and if you do not have a good sized budget for your remodeling job, you may want to opt for a lower end material. One of the perks of stone is that it makes your kitchen look very streamlined and modern.

Another material that you could have installed as countertops is stainless steel. This has been used in the kitchens of restaurants for many years and it can be molded into any shape that you can think of, so if you want an industrialized look for your kitchen, this may be the way to go.

It is pretty expensive, though, so make sure you have some money to spend before thinking about this for your counters.

Laminate can be used for kitchen counters, too, but unfortunately this is a pretty low end material and it shows it.

It is cheap and chips, cracks, and scratches easily and once water gets to the wood chips underneath the plastic covering, it will start to swell up and your counter will no longer be the smooth surface it was.

Ceramic tile is another material that you can use and it is about the cheapest that you can buy, but the options when it comes to creativity are almost endless.

You can combine different colors of tile and make your own patterns with them, but the grout that you have to put between the tile has to be sealed to keep it from getting dirty and it will have to be sealed more than once over the years to keep this attribute.
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