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.
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.
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.
Natural materials, by their very nature, have a variety of patterns within the natural material. It is this randomness, which makes them so appealing to many consumers. Granites, particularly come in a wide variety of colors, grains, and patterns which can vary greatly, even in the same slab. While this randomness is appealing, it can offer a challenge to the installer to make large countertops appear seamless. One solution to this is using granite tiles to control or accent the randomness, depending on your preference.
While there is a chance that you may already know the type of countertop you would like to have in your kitchen, there is also a possibility that you may not. If this is the case, you are urged to start shopping. Whether you look for kitchen countertop materials on the internet or in one of the local home improvement stores, there is a likely chance that you will encounter a wide selection of materials, all with different designs and appearances. Shopping or at least looking around is one of the top ways to get ideas. In fact, doing your shopping and browsing at the place where you plan on purchasing your remodeling supplies from is a great way to get price estimates, which are essential when kitchen remodeling is being done a budget.
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