Very common changes that have a big impact are kitchen countertops. Choosing countertops often are based on function, durability, and appearance. The most popular types of counter tops are: laminate, stone, and ceramic tiles. Laminate countertops are priced the lowest, and can come in a variety of colors and patterns. However, since laminate is often comprised of mainly bonded paper & particle board, it is prone to chips or scratches. Maintenance on laminate is relatively easy, however there are things owners should avoid. Avoid cutting directly on the countertop since the soft laminate could be easily cut, do not stand or sit on the countertop because weight could separate the piece from the wall, also be careful not to burn cigarette butts on the countertop as they are nearly impossible to erase, and be careful not to let water sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Another good option for your kitchen would be a marble countertop. Obviously, a marble kitchen countertop will stand out beautifully in your kitchen. There is no doubt that marble counter kitchentops truly represent elegance. If you want to go all out and buy a natural marble countertop, make sure you and your family are extremely careful around it. Natural marble, as beautiful and high quality as it is, can become stained from certain substances.
Some of the more expensive types of kitchen countertops such as those made from marble or granite are valued for their looks, smooth feel, and lasting qualities. For this, it is usually recommended that you stick with a granite or marble countertop if your budget permits. If you are on a tighter budget, then there are also some great alternatives to a marble and granite kitchen countertop. That can mimic the appearances of a true marble countertop quite nicely. These are known as cultured marble countertops, but they tend to have a shorter life span then real marble and can scratch more easily. Price wise, the cultured marble countertops are by far the best bang for your bucks.
A granite kitchen countertop, for instance, is the top choice for those who can afford it. If you have the money to spare, then you should consider choosing a granite kitchen countertop. As far as elegance and beauty go, a good quality granite countertop just can't be beat. They will compliment and enhance the rest of your kitchen wonderfully. Granite countertops do need care, though, so use common sense if you choose to buy one. Don't place extremely hot or cold food on top of it.
Professional kitchens tend to opt for stainless steel countertops as these are hard wearing and easy to maintain, however, they are even more expensive than granite, and they are not exactly aesthetically pleasing, so they are unlikely to enhance the homely feel to your kitchen. For something a bit more unusual and contemporary, glass countertops is one option you may want to consider. You may think that glass is an unusual choice of material for a kitchen countertop and you would be right, however, thick, tempered glass is ideal as a countertop in a modern 21st century kitchen. The most cost effective countertop material is laminate. This is a wooden countertop that is covered in a thin layer of laminate material. Although, these are the cheaper option, and therefore most suited to those people that have to stick to a tight budget, they are not as durable as the other materials listed above.
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