If you are considering more expensive options, wood or Butcher Block makes a very stylish kitchen countertop. It's easy to keep clean, and you can always freshen it up by sanding and resealing it. You could match the wood of your kitchen countertops to the wood in your kitchen cabinets. The downside to wood kitchen countertops is that they are easily damaged by water. Many people enjoy the 'industrial look', and if you are one of them, and asking which type of countertop is best for you, have you considered concrete? Concrete kitchen countertops are very different, but they are expensive, and if not properly done, they can crack. They are not for everyone, but you may be the unique individual who enjoys something unusual. If you like 'industrial', but aren't sold on concrete, stainless steel may be an option for you for kitchen countertops.
One of the newest countertop materials to be introduced to the kitchen design market are the glass countertops. Thick, tempered glass is used for this purpose, and there are a lot of designs and textures to choose from. They are non-porous and are extremely easy to maintain. These are perfect for modern kitchens, and their textures are ideal for camouflaging small scratches and fingerprints.
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.
In addition to the cost of the materials, you need to consider the cost of installation of the material you choose for your kitchen countertops. Most countertop installations are best left to the experts, because they require special tools or knowledge for their proper installation. This is especially true for natural stone slab countertops and poured concrete countertops, because of the weight involved. For the do-it-yourselfer, tile countertops can be relatively easy to install, if you have a basic knowledge of tile installation.
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.
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