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Jan 30 2018

Choosing a Kitchen Counter Top – The House Plan Shop

Posted at 9:28 am under Kitchens,Rooms in Your Home

Counter Top StylesChoosing the right kitchen counter top can be daunting task due to the variety of patterns, colors, and materials that are available. Who can blame you if you decide to go with more than one kind of counter top? Today’s kitchens with islands, peninsulas, snack bars, planning desks, etc., present a variety of surfaces to cover. The list below covers some of the more common types of kitchen counter tops. Take some time to review the list before you decide which type is right for you and your lifestyle.

Plastic Laminate – Probably the most cost-effective choice especially if you like to change things up frequently. It is available in hundreds of colors and patterns, and it is as durable as it is attractive.

Tile – A multitude of choices truly makes it easy to come up with a unique look for your kitchen. However, although tiles provide a hard surface they can be cracked. The good news is, if you save some a few extra tiles when the job is complete, the whole countertop doesn’t have to be replaced if one tile cracks. Grout lines, even though sealed, can become stained with time, so it is necessary to be careful when placing food and other items on the counter.

Natural Stone – Different types of stone require different maintenance. Some are sealed with a sealer that lasts for years. Others must be treated with oil several times a year. Natural and beautiful, stone provides fewer options for color and pattern as manmade materials do, and it is more expensive. Marble is practically maintenance free, but like all stone, it is heavy and must be supported properly.

Engineered Stone – A composite of quartz, this material is harder than stone and doesn’t have to be sealed.

Solid Surface – This is a manufactured material of acrylic, polyester or a combination of the two.  It is renewable and repairable, as well as, stain and scratch resistant. Best of all, it comes in a large variety of patterns and colors.

Concrete – Resembling stone, concrete is scratch and heat resistant but must be sealed regularly. It is available in many colors but takes weeks of curing before it is ready for installation.

Stainless Steel – Heat and stain resistant, stainless can still be dented or scratched. It blends well with modern and contemporary décor so well, it cannot be denied.

Glass – Also a winner for the modern kitchen, glass is stain, scratch and heat resistant.

When selecting a counter top, don’t be afraid to compare prices on different countertop surfaces or research your top choices further with the provider.

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