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.
Stainless steel countertops provide an industrial look and hygienic feel. This type of countertop is available in a variety of contemporary designs and styles. Natural stone is a truly a timeless beauty. It gives a room a fresh and natural atmosphere. Natural stone countertops are delicate and need regular maintenance for durability and longevity.
Several materials are being widely used nowadays for the different home's kitchen countertop. One of the most important considerations before choosing between the several available kitchen countertop ideas is the homeowner's lifestyle. The daily activities done in the kitchen, most importantly, the ones staged on the countertop, must be considered. Kitchen countertop materials include granite, stainless steel, natural stone, glass, laminates, and ceramic tiles, among others. Each has different characteristics and qualities that make them worthy of the confused homeowner's attention; and just any other thing, each of them also has its respective downsides.
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.
Ceramic tile for countertop is also one of the most expensive choices. Today, it has become a must for the kitchen. Ceramic tiles are available in so many different colors and hues that will match almost any motif for the kitchen.
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