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.
On the expensive side, granite kitchen countertops have become very popular. They add class and elegance to any kitchen, there is an endless colour variety available, to match whatever colour kitchen cabinets you have. They hold up to heat, and so long as they are properly installed, they can last a lifetime. Another similar option, which is not as well known, is 'Engineered Stone'. This is made of 93% quartz particles. It is heat resistant, stain resistant, and acid resistant, and does not scratch easily - all bonuses when it comes to kitchen countertops. In addition it is available in a wide variety of colours so you can always match, or complement your kitchen cabinets. If you are asking 'which type of countertop is right for you', provided the price is not out of your budget, granite or engineered stone will meet your every need.
Wood is a good material for adding warmth to a kitchen. It comes in different colors and patterns and is versatile enough to match a modern kitchen or a country-themed one. A few examples of hardwood used for kitchen countertops are oak, walnut, cherry, teak, mahogany, pecan, hard maple, and many others.
However, tiles can easily break and are difficult to clean. You have to see to it that the grout is always firmly scrubbed, and a special solution is needed when molds and mildew start to build up between the tiles.
Quartz is extremely hard, non-porous, and very elegant. Hardwood countertops are very beautiful, do require a little more upkeep, and are more forgiving to dishes if they are dropped on wood countertops, than granite or quartz.
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