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.
For instance you might pair one counter top material for the island countertop and pick another to pair with the cabinetry that runs along the walls. Or, you could use stainless steel adjoining the cooktop with a marble insert for a bake center and solid surface material around the perimeter. When looking at choices for your countertop material give some thought also to them as a matching or completely different backsplash.
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.
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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