Creating the Best Countertop

No need to fixate on brand names when it comes to getting a great countertop. These popular materials are great finds and allow you to focus on function.

Countertop shopping may be daunting given the huge number of options and designs. It can be overwhelming choosing between which colors, patterns, materials (from wood to natural stone) and the list can go on. In reality, you just need to consider a few basic options.

Narrowing your choices is the first step. Know what you actually need and what makes things convenient for your kitchen hobby. Consider your current kitchen color scheme and design when incorporating a possible new countertop. Aside from the cost you are comfortable with, think of the features you want such as a backsplash.

Countertops with a beautiful classic look normally have natural stones like granite, or marble. You can find granite in expensive homes and it is a very popular countertop material. With granite, there are no visible beams,it is the most durable material, and the surface is also heat resistant. However, you need an extra step of sealing it to resist stains which is an added cost as well.

You may prefer marble because it is one of those high-end materials that has very elegant natural patterns and is durable. It is fantastic for activities like baking or making pasta. However, if not careful, knife marks can me visible. This material also needs repeated sealing and constant maintenance to keep it in pristine condition.

Engineered stones are also a very attractive option. They are mostly made from quartz which is hard and durable. It now offered in a wide variety of colors to fit your liking.However, this can also come with a hefty price tag.

Concrete has become a trend due to it is hard material.It is great foractive workplaces andcomes in a variety of colors. Popular today is the "Precast" countertop: concrete molded slabs that are flatter and smoother.

Another great option are solid surfaces that are made of acrylic, polyester, or the two combined. It is low-maintenance and is best for large long countertops with variety of colors and patterns. An eco-friendly version is the PaperStone made from recycled paper and non-petroleum resins.

Some homeowners are fascinated with plastic laminate material as well. The brand name Formica is durable and is the most affordable but resilient option of all the mentioned materials. These come in ready-made slabs or sheets typically in 2x4 or 4x8 feet and can be cut to suit any design and can even imitate stone materials. A tip on choosing the perfect plastic laminate, pick the matte, as the glossier version is not a great countertop look.

If your home is more wood, then wooden countertops can be a no-brainer. Having a wood countertop is not only a lot safer from bacteria than plastic, but it is also heat-resistant and an ideal work surface. It is medium maintenance and knife marks can show. Rock maple, walnut, cherry, and oak are typically used for modern wooden countertops. Wood countertops are styled in edge grain, wide plank, or end grain. Edge grain is a long strip of woodglued together, wide plank is wide-boards glued together and lastly end grain is short square wooden sticks joined together with end grain facing up.

All these materials are great options depending on the kind of design you want to achieve. The trend these days are mixing these materials up to create unique styles,like using dark-colored granite on the counter to contrast that lighter wood kitchen island and more.

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