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.
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.
The first question you should ask yourself is what is the most important aspect of your new countertop? For some people, beauty is viewed as being most important while durability is to others. Both are preferred by many, but each option will come with its own set of pros and cons. Some countertop surfaces such as granite are very hard and durable. Incidentally, granite was previous revered by the wealthy as the countertop of choice because of its durablility and beauty, but has since founds its way into the hearts and homes of citizens everywhere, thus making it an affordable option to many and well worth its cost. Durability and beauty are important to many people who are now choosing it over other less expensive options such as laminates.
Kitchen countertops come in many different shapes and sizes. The sheer variety of options available can be mind boggling if you haven't had the opportunity to really sift through them all. The key when searching for the right choice of kitchen countertop material is to find what works best for you. To do that, you'll need to answer a few important questions.
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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