Let's start with options for those with more dash than cash. If you are on a tight budget, and renovating your whole kitchen, you may want to choose to save on kitchen countertops for the moment, and rather spend more money on the parts of the kitchen that aren't easily upgraded, like kitchen cabinets. Kitchen countertops are replaced relatively easily, so if you are look at which type of countertop is best for you, you can take your finances into account. For the budget conscious, you have the option of laminates and ceramic tile. Laminates are made of plastic-coated synthetics - they are easy to install and easy to clean, and they are very durable. There are a lot of colours and patterns available, and you can get a very good effect. The downside of laminates is that once they are scratched or chips, you can't really repair them - they have to be replaced. Another inexpensive option for kitchen countertops is ceramic tile. it's also easy to install and keep clean, but you will have a slightly uneven surface, the tiles can crack, and the grout tends to stain.
Besides enhancing the function of your kitchen work surfaces, counter top materials that you choose can be the anchor for your kitchen design and decorating theme.A natural choice for a rustic or country style kitchen is wood, while a concrete countertop looks at home in a contemporary setting. Concrete is gaining in popularity as a kitchen counter top material because it is becoming available in a wide array of colors and the relative ease of acquiring it. You can get concrete prefabricated or it can be poured into a mold on site. Then you have the flexibility to add the color of your choice to the concrete and/or create a personalized inlaid design by adding shells, glass, china, stones or whatever your imagination can come up with.
Granite kitchen countertops are often bought as whole blocks and trimmed to fit. They are extremely heavy and are best installed by professional contractors. Price-wise, granite costs as much per foot as some of the best hardwood for kitchen countertops, are a bit more expensive than engineered stone, and cost much less than stainless steel countertops. When properly sanded and sealed, granite countertops can last a lifetime. In addition, they are treasured by homeowners because each granite block is an artwork in itself. Unlike engineered stone countertops which are man-made and therefore have pre-set patterns, granite is natural stone and thus have patterns, textures and colors unique to them. Nobody can have exactly the same granite kitchen countertop as you, and if only for this, then this material can be considered the best you can find.
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