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Kitchen Countertops Made Simple For Anyone

Dec 1, 2007
When it comes to choosing kitchen countertops there is a wide variety of materials that can be used. The differences are as varied as the prices.

At the high end of the price range is granite. With a cost of approximately ten thousand dollars for a standard size kitchen with about ninety square feet of countertop area, this is a bit out of the price range for most people. If it is not in the budget, but there is a strong desire for granite in the kitchen, perhaps there could be cut backs in others areas of construction. Granite has a lustrous glow when polished to a high sheen.

This stone is always one-of-a-kind and will be almost impossible to match with another piece. It is also porous and will stain easily so all spills should be cleaned immediately. Granite will be sealed before installation and must be sealed again at least once a year to maintain its beauty for many years to come. This material should be installed only by a professional.

Coming in at a price below granite is stainless steel. This material has been used in commercial and institutional kitchen for many years. Stainless steel is an easy to care for material that will provide many years of use. When cleaned after each use, stainless does not allow for the growth of harmful germs, bacteria, or mold.

It can withstand heat and cutting can be done directly on the surface. While the initial cost can be a bit pricy, stainless steel is well worth the cost. This should be installed by a professional to assure proper cuts and a tight fit over the base material.

At the midrange price is concrete. This is an old material that has been reinvented for the purpose of countertops. It is very durable and is custom colored to match any color scheme. It can have a textured look for the surface or designs can be made into the concrete before it dries. Care should be taken not to cut directly on the surface to preserve the sealant. Again, this is a material that should be installed by a professional.

At a very affordable price, ceramic tile is always a favorite and a wise investment. Ceramic tiles can be used in a number of places in the home including countertops, flooring, backsplashes, and bathrooms and can be used for a great number of years. This material is available in a huge array of colors and sizes.

There are only two negative aspects of ceramic tile. It cracks easily when impacted and the gout tends to mildew in areas such as tubs. Regular cleaning will prevent the mildew from forming. Ceramic tiles are easy to install and no professional installer is necessary.

At the low end of the price range is laminate. This is an old favorite and is available in a large number of colors and can be installed with minimum assistance.

Laminate is easily burned and stained. If water seeps beneath it, the foundation will buckle and cause the laminate to crack. Laminate also chips and is easily scratched. Unless the budget is extremely tight, it would be advisable to use a better quality material.
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