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7 Materials For Creating The Perfect Kitchen Countertop
The kitchen countertop has to be able to take a lot of abuse
including the heat of pots, cutting and knives and abrasive
cleansers. The ideal countertop should be able to stand up to
heat and the sharp edge of a knife.
Let us take a look at 7 of the most popular kitchen countertop
materials being used today:
Granite - A natural stone, granite is a popular choice for its
classic beauty and durability. Granite is the hardest and
densest of the natural stones. It can create a kitchen
countertop that is extremely scratch resistant and can keep its
luster longer than most materials. granite slabs are the most
expensive of all kitchen countertop surfaces, although it is
still considered a very practical material in that it is
Marble Another natural stone, marble is considered to be the
height of elegance and will last longer than most kitchens. It
is however, is very expensive and requires some care: acidic
foods such as orange juice will etch the finished surface of a
marble kitchen countertop.
Slate Because of it richness and beauty slate is usually used
in interior applications such as kitchen countertops, bathroom
sinks or fireplace surrounds. It can be used in either modern
or traditional kitchens as well as in combination with marble.
Slate is durable, strong, and can withstand hard use. It is
less expensive than marble
Concrete This is one of the biggest trends in kitchen
countertops today. It is a good look for clean, industrial and
contemporary kitchen designs. Available in pre formed sections
or poured and formed on-site. Concrete is a good material for
unusually shaped counters. Concrete kitchen countertops are
expensive, require a sealant and must be treated with care. The
countertop can crack if the concrete should contract. Concrete
can be stained any color. The most popular color is a natural
gray tone. The top layer can be finished as desired.
Corian A solid surface material that first became popular in
the 1990s It is highly recommended by kitchen countertop
experts. It is a totally manmade product and is not porous. As
a solid surface it can easily be repaired if scratched or burned.
Stainless Steel Advantages include very hygienic, easy to
clean, has ability to stand up to exteme wear and heat.
Stainless steel can provide a great look for an ultra modern
kitchen. Some disadvantages with stainless is that it can be
noisy and that scratches can develop.
Tile Tile surfaces can be tough, hard-wearing, takes hot pans, heat and stain resistant as well as beautiful. There are many types of tiles including ceramic, porcelain, quarry, glass,
natural stone and mosiac. Available in many colors, sizes and
textures. It has good design flexibility. Tile can often be
used for trim or backsplashes. The downside of tile is that the
grouts can be easily stained. Also the tiles can become chipped or cracked.
About the Author: James Mahoney is the owner of Kitchen Designers Idea.com. Learn about
today's kitchen design ideas by visiting his site at Kitchen Designers Ideas.com