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.
Although it is smart to zone in on the eye appeal and overall looks of a countertop, it is also important to make sure that you can pay for it. If you are reworking your whole kitchen, it might be a good move to make a list of materials that you will need or want, in addition to a budget. If you mistakenly throw away too much money on kitchen countertop materials, you may find it tough to afford to remodel the rest of your kitchen.
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 a more commercialized and industrial look, the stainless steel countertop is perfect for this situation. That is why it is found in most commercial establishments such as restaurants and bars. It never fails to give your kitchen a clean and hygienic look to it. You also don't need to worry about design because it is also available in a variety of different style options and designs.
Laminates are considered the most common countertop material. It is also beautiful, cheap, and very elegant. Regular maintenance is what it needs, however.
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