After the cabinets in your kitchen, the countertops are the most prominent aspect of any kitchen remodel, and as such, deserve careful consideration when you choose the countertops for your kitchen. You have many choices in countertops, both material and color.
The solid surface kitchen countertops could be the ideal choice if you wish to have a seamless and smooth surface at an affordable rate. It's designed of cast plastics such as polyester, and mineral and acrylic fillers. They're non-porous and durable. They're very resistant to scratches and all additional damage and markings could be sanded off. Sinks, as well as additional countertop materials could be integrated to develop a graceful line. The solid surface countertops will be obtainable within a huge array of designs and colors. But, they could become discolored by extended heat exposure. They're prone to damage and cracking by warm pans.
Manmade materials include laminates, Corian, tile, and concrete. Laminates are inexpensive and durable, though they can be scratched or burnt relatively easily. Corian countertops are extremely durable, more costly, and are an attempt to mimic a natural stone look for a more affordable price. Tile has been used for centuries and is popular choice in Europe and South American kitchen designs. If one tile is damaged it can be removed and replaced without having to replace the whole countertop.
For the eco-conscious consumer, there are more choices of recycled materials being used in countertops. One popular choice is recycled colored glass bits set in a polyresin matrix producing an Art Deco look that is colorful, durable, and earth-friendly.
For the homeowner who is after of the elegance and timeless beauty a countertop must bring, the glass, ceramic tiles, stainless steel and granite are among the top choices. Each possesses distinctive qualities.
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