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.
Modern homes tend to have a lighter look. oftentimes utilizing brighter colors as a base rather than a complimentary piece. Glass countertops tend to have brighter colors which are perfect for complimenting the modern kitchen. The colors will compliment white cabinets and walls very well. Not only will the colors and design go well together, but the beautiful shine of the glass make the kitchen one of the most admired rooms in the house. Granite in this case would make the kitchen conflictive and the beauty would be lost.
Perhaps the most noticeable part of the kitchen is the countertop. I don't know how to explain it but apparently countertops are one of the largest parts of the kitchen. That is why if you want a dramatic change or a significant upgrade of attractiveness or whatever you want to call it in your kitchen, start with the kitchen countertop. And fortunately for you, I have here some kitchen countertop ideas that has certain emphasis on materials that were used to create countertops. First, we have the granite. Granite is perhaps the most popular amongst all the materials that are used for countertops. If every homeowner could afford it then we would probably see it in every house in the United States of America. The reason behind the popularity is its natural and unique elegance and it's very classy look. This is attributed from the natural composition and properties of granite. However, granite is pretty much expensive and difficult to install that is why you won't find it on a normal person's kitchen.
The variety of surface you choose will depend on just how your countertops are utilized. If you use your countertops for food preparation, then you want countertop surfaces that won't chip or pit easily and are scratch-and heat-resistant. (Of course, you will still want to use cutting boards and pot holders for hot dishes). If you plan for your countertops to retain your small appliances and/or cooking utensils holders, you can pick a different type of countertop surface. You will still need to keep in mind that some small appliances such as toasters, fat-reducing grills, and small microwave ovens designed to sit on countertops may still emit heat and may damage a surface that is not heat-resistant.
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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