Stefania Morice. Countertop. May 10th , 2017.
Today‘s kitchen countertops come in many materials, colors and styles, so how do you choose what‘s right for you. Here‘s what to consider when buying kitchen countertops including function, what looks good in your room and budget. Although granite has been popular for many years, the latest trends in countertop surfaces include soapstone, solid surface and laminate. Decorative and durable, these surfaces range from affordable to expensive and glossy to matte, all to fit your kitchen‘s needs.
Glass, wood and ceramic tiles are a few other countertop styles that should be considered when choosing a surface that will work with your kitchen design. Be sure to keep in mind how you will be using the kitchen surface when choosing your countertop.
Still the top choice of most homeowners, traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen‘s value while providing a durable prep surface. Because granite is a natural material, variation in the stone‘s pattern is common and, for most people, adds to its appeal but can make matching up slabs tricky. In most regions, the cost of granite and quartz are comparable but natural granite requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz to keep its good looks — wipe up all stains quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda, and follow a regular sealing routine — typically once a year.
Granite, Corian, concrete and stainless steel are all top choices for a kitchen that will see a lot of traffic and food preparation. All of these surfaces are durable and made from materials that are resistant to scratches and most staining. Granite and Corian countertops are available in a wide range of colors and textures. Stainless steel is available in a number of finishes and textures, including a brushed finish or reverse hammered surface, which appears to be decorated with raised dots. On the other hand, concrete allows for the incorporation of various colors, textures and even patterned imprints, like floral designs. Concrete countertops can also be embedded with stones, seashells and other items that interest you.
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