Toni Sweet. Countertop. August 04th , 2017.
But first a quick rundown on what these countertops are. These countertops are made as the by-product of oil based refining. These countertops are in the past are the domain of laboratories thanks to their toughness- they can withstand use and abuse and can weather the high volume spills of liquids and chemicals. These countertops are also resistant to moisture, impact and heat. For this reason these countertops are the obvious choice for areas that are corrosive and areas known for high level of moisture. Here are the other things that make countertops a better choice compared to other countertops.
Next we have synthetic solid surface countertops. The most widely known solid surface countertop product is Corian. Solid surface countertops are composed primarily of plastics with flecks of glass, plastic and other materials to provide color and pattern variations. While solid surface countertops do not look like natural stone, the do provide a seamless look. Because solid surface countertops can be custom fabricated to near any size and specification, long or oddly shaped countertop areas can be covered with one solid piece. Solid surface countertops are scratch and scorch- resistant, and can be repaired if damaged. Many people believe that solid surface countertops are a ’step below’ granite from an aesthetic perspective, and therefore its pricing may surprise you. Pricing for solid surface countertops; starting at about $40 per linear foot; is actually higher than many granite styles!
Thinking of buying a countertop! Look no further than buying a natural stone countertop. This variation of the countertop offers excellent benefits to the user. Be surprised to know that natural stone countertops offer many sub variations in them. These variations come by the way of the kind of material used in making the countertop.
And finally, we have our personal favorite - granite countertops. Granite’s elegance is second to none. Walk into a kitchen with granite countertops and you will immediately take notice. Because granite is natural stone, its color variances and random patterns are unmatched by any man-made material or process. Shopping for granite is fun, too. To choose the right granite for your home, you can visit quarries and showrooms that have large slabs to see. By viewing the granite slab in its entirety, you can see wide patterns and variations not visible in small swatches. Granite is highly durable and resistant to staining, scratching or scorching. Granite can be repaired n some cases, unless the damage is deep or cracked throughout. Granite is a solid value, too. Because it is considered by most to be a luxury item, granite countertops will add resale value to your home. And what most people don’t realize is that this ’luxury item’ can actually cost less than other less expensive-looking materials.
Wondering how long this project will take? It’s a lot easier and faster than you think to apply it. Achieving a granite look will take as little as 4 hours for an average size (approximately 35 square feet) countertop. These impressive countertop paints also seal out moisture, are low odor and water based. In addition, the kits give you just about everything you need to successfully transform your countertops including a high-grade clear finish coat and associated rollers, foam applicators and a step by step instructional DVD. On average, for most countertop paint kits, it’s recommended that you wait 3 days before using your newly painted countertops. Plan accordingly as you may not want to start a project like this within a holiday time period or when high use of your kitchen or bath countertops are expected.
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