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Countertops For The Bath And Kitchen

Nov 30, 2007
Countertops are one of the first things that are noticed when walking into a bathroom or a kitchen. A positive or negative impression is made at this time.

When choosing a material for a countertop, cheaper is definitely not the way to go. The most expensive is not always the best either. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, functionality and endurance must be ultimately be the deciding factor. There are several very good choices that will meet all of these requirements.

Using ceramic tiles can be both beautiful and functional. With a huge variety of colors and sizes to choose from it would be difficult not to find exactly what is wanted. This is perhaps the most versatile of all countertop materials. Ceramic tiles can be used for flooring, backsplashes, countertops, and tub or shower surrounds. For a totally custom look ceramic tiles are the way to go. Small pieces in various colors are often put together to create a one-of-a-kind mosaic over the back of the stovetop or on a backsplash.

Ceramic tiles are very long lasting and have only two flaws that disqualify ceramic from being the absolute perfect choice. Tiles will crack and break under a hard impact. There is a tendency for mold to grow on the grout when used in areas of high moisture for extended periods of time, which can be prevented with regular cleaning. These two infractions are minor and ceramic is an excellent choice.

Stainless steel has been used in commercial and institutional kitchens for many years. Only recently has it found its way into the home kitchen. There are those who feel that stainless is cold and impersonal, therefore the use of this material is not for everyone. However, there are many benefits to be gained by its use. Stainless steel can withstand high temperatures well.

Hot pots can be set directly on the surface, although it is not recommended that this is done. Stainless will not crack, chip, or stain. Cleaning after each use is as simple as wiping it clean with a disinfectant followed by clear water. Due to the non-porous nature of stainless is does not provide an ecologically sound environment for the growth of harmful germs and bacteria. This material will last many years.

With a price of about ten thousand dollars for a ninety square foot counter area granite is the most expensive material to choose. There are very few disadvantages for using granite. It is a naturally occurring stone and is, therefore, porous. This will allow the stone to stain when anything is spilled or placed on it. Granite can not withstand hot items being placed on it. It must also be sealed at least once a year to maintain the beauty of the stone. This material will last beyond the lifetime of the home.
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