Kitchen countertops are indispensable in a kitchen. They serve as work surfaces to prepare dishes, places to set hot cookware from the stove or oven, and very often, in most modern kitchens, part of them is used for family meals, and snacks. Because kitchen countertops feature so strongly in a kitchen, they also add to the look of the kitchen as much as kitchen cabinets do. If you are planning a new kitchen, or just upgrading your current kitchen, have you given much thought to which type of countertop is best for you? There are so many options available, that it can be bewildering to choose the right one. Let's look at what is available.
The most important thing to consider when choosing your new countertop is the price. Laminate countertops are often considered the cheapest. And despite being the most affordable, they are often considered boring. If you are looking to not only change around your kitchen, but improve the way it looks, you may be or marble.
Quartz is extremely hard, non-porous, and very elegant. Hardwood countertops are very beautiful, do require a little more upkeep, and are more forgiving to dishes if they are dropped on wood countertops, than granite or quartz.
Let's start with options for those with more dash than cash. If you are on a tight budget, and renovating your whole kitchen, you may want to choose to save on kitchen countertops for the moment, and rather spend more money on the parts of the kitchen that aren't easily upgraded, like kitchen cabinets. Kitchen countertops are replaced relatively easily, so if you are look at which type of countertop is best for you, you can take your finances into account. For the budget conscious, you have the option of laminates and ceramic tile. Laminates are made of plastic-coated synthetics - they are easy to install and easy to clean, and they are very durable. There are a lot of colours and patterns available, and you can get a very good effect. The downside of laminates is that once they are scratched or chips, you can't really repair them - they have to be replaced. Another inexpensive option for kitchen countertops is ceramic tile - it's also easy to install and keep clean, but you will have a slightly uneven surface, the tiles can crack, and the grout tends to stain.
When it comes to picking a new countertops for your kitchen, there are a number of important factors that need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important things to remember is the cabinets in your kitchen. Countertops are almost always placed on top of kitchen cabinets or cupboards. If you are looking to remodel your cabinets as well, it may be a good move to pick out all of your supplies and materials at once same time. This will help to make sure that your new kitchen countertop not only looks great, but that it also goes well with the kitchen cabinets that you will have put in.
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