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.
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.
Kitchen tiles are good old reliable countertop materials. They take some time to install, but can easily be a DIY project. They also exude warmth to a kitchen and shops offer a wide array of colors and designs to choose from. However, tiles can easily break and are difficult to clean. You have to see to it that the grout is always firmly scrubbed, and a special solution is needed when molds and mildew start to build up between the tiles. Stainless steel is an excellent kitchen countertop choice, but they cost double the price of granite and other materials. This is most preferred by chefs whose kitchens always have high traffic and whose countertops take a lot of pounding. Wood is a good material for adding warmth to a kitchen. It comes in different colors and patterns and is versatile enough to match a modern kitchen or a country-themed one. A few examples of hardwood used for kitchen countertops are oak, walnut, cherry, teak, mahogany, pecan, hard maple, and many others.
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.
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.
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