COUNTERTOPS

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COUNTERTOPS

Choose to replace your countertops, if you are cooking on cracked, stained, or dated counter tops in your kitchen. Because certain material cracks and fills with bacteria (i.e. wood, laminate, soft stone), it can be difficult to clean and sanitize.  Therefore, choose from materials like engineered quartz, ceramic tile, concrete, and stainless steel.  In conclusion, research the material carefully because some material stains, cracks, or burns; while other material needs continual maintenance like sanding, oiling, and sealing. So get ideas for new countertops and click the link here.

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STONE

Since stone counter tops are often made of granite, soapstone, marble, and slate; choose between a variety of colors from browns and blacks to red, grey, tan, and white.  Chose between stones that are polished (shiny) or honed (matte), and they are cut to size in slabs, and sealed with a waterproof treatment that typically lasts 10 – 15 years.  Finally, be careful of wet sponges, standing water, or acidic liquid spills, because natural stone stains and scratches easily.  So get ideas for your stone countertop, and click the link here.

PLASTIC SOLID SURFACE

While plastic solid surfaces are made of acrylic and polyester, yet they can be made to resemble natural stone, and they come in a wide variety of colors.  Since the material is resistant to stains and scratches, if any scratches or burns occur, they can be sanded or filled.  In addition, the joints are fused together to create a seamless look. Finally, you can choose between intricate inlays, custom back splashes, edge treatments, and pin striping.  So get ideas for your solid surface countertop, and click the link here.

ENGINEERED QUARTZ

While engineered quartz is made of quartz and epoxy, it is harder than natural stone, with a depth, clarity, and radiance not found in other engineered solid surfaces. Since engineered quartz is practically maintenance-free, and stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant; choose it above other materials. In addition, thanks to its non-porous surface, these counter tops don’t need to be sealed like natural stone.  So find out more about engineered quartz countertops and click the link here.

FORMICA – LAMINATE

Since plastic laminate, or Formica, is made of Kraft paper, it is infused with resins to make it more durable. Therefore, the thicker, general purpose laminate is used for countertops, while the thinner vertical grade laminate is used for back splashes, cabinet doors and drawer faces.  Finally,  be careful not to burn or scratch laminate, even though it is the least expensive type of material. Also, click the link here, so you get ideas for your new laminate countertops.

CERAMIC TILE

Since ceramic tile is made specifically for countertops, it is actually thicker than the ceramic wall tile used for bathrooms.  Therefore, you can create the countertop by laying tile directly over the plywood or plastic laminate countertop base, and grout the tiles into place.  Finally, clean the grout regularly, because it easily stains, and fills with bacteria and mold.  Choose from a wide array of custom tile styles and colors. Also,  click the link here, so you get ideas for your new ceramic tile countertop.

HARDWOOD

Since wood or butcher block countertops offer a beautiful warm look to the kitchen, they are a popular choice. Yet, they often collect bacteria and mildew over time if they are not sanded down, and re-oiled or sealed every 4 -6 weeks.  Therefore, most wood countertops are typically made from hardwoods like: Rock Maple, Teak, Walnut, Cherry and Oak.  Also, you can also choose from different grain types: edge-grain, end-grain, and wide plank. Finally, keep the surface dry as much as possible, since standing water damages, discolors, and adds bacteria to the wood.  Also, click the link here, so you get ideas for your new hardwood countertop.

CONCRETE

Since almost all concrete countertops are precast and poured to size, they have to be cured for several weeks, and finished, before being installed in the home. Because they are typically 1.5 inches thick and very heavy, choose from slabs of up to 10 feet long.  In addition, add any color pigment to the concrete during mixing. Also, add strength to the concrete with wire mesh, rebar, and fibers.  Furthermore, be careful of damp sponges or standing water, which stains the countertops. Finally, seal concrete countertops up to four times a year, and wax them with a paste every two to three months. Also, click the link here, so you get ideas for your new concrete countertops.

STAINLESS STEEL

Since stainless steel is a metal, it gives a modern, industrial look to the kitchen, and hence. Therefore, it cleans easily as well.  Furthermore, stainless steel resists bacteria and other pathogens, which can’t penetrate its hard surface.  Finally, you won’t need to maintain your stainless steel countertop. Also, it coordinates with any other color scheme in the kitchen. Also, click the link here, so you get ideas for your new stainless steel countertop.