Kitchen countertop material selection is not hard, but it is full of more choices than ever before. You now have a range of new countertop materials and applications that have expanded choices in patterns, colors, and textures. While, mixing and matching different countertop materials and elements has gained in popularity.
If you are considering more expensive options, wood or Butcher Block makes a very stylish kitchen countertop. It's easy to keep clean, and you can always freshen it up by sanding and resealing it. You could match the wood of your kitchen countertops to the wood in your kitchen cabinets. The downside to wood kitchen countertops is that they are easily damaged by water. Many people enjoy the 'industrial look', and if you are one of them, and asking which type of countertop is best for you, have you considered concrete? Concrete kitchen countertops are very different, but they are expensive, and if not properly done, they can crack. They are not for everyone, but you may be the unique individual who enjoys something unusual. If you like 'industrial', but aren't sold on concrete, stainless steel may be an option for you for kitchen countertops.
Every home has a unique style and sense of decor which appeals to the owners taste. The kitchen is no exception in this situation. Depending on the general design being modern or more traditional, the countertop, if chosen wisely, will make the kitchen look wonderful. If the wrong choice is made however, then it could be a disaster. A modern design will excellent with a glass countertop. On the other hand, a more traditional design would look wonderful with a granite countertop.
Laminates still make a great option because of their practicality. They, too are durable and are easy to clean and maintain. This can be a real selling point for many who simply don't have the time or the inclination to spend hours trying to get out a stain or who forget to maintain their countertops made of other natural materials on an annual basis.
Granite, marble and quartz are the premier materials used for kitchen countertops, granite being the most preferred. This stone is made up of minerals compacted together by extreme heat and pressure which makes it almost as tough as diamond. It comes in different colors and shades which adds to its natural beauty. Heat, weathering and deterioration do not usually affect granite. When properly sealed, it can tolerate stains, scratches and dents. However, granite is heavy and needs to be supported adequately. Cleaning it daily with a stone cleaner will be enough to maintain it. But it needs to be resealed at least once a year to protect its surface from liquid seepage and dirt. To maintain its shine you have to regularly wax and polish it.
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