Countertop. Sunday , October 08th , 2017 - 20:48:15 PM
In addition to the cost of the materials, you need to consider the cost of installation of the material you choose for your kitchen countertops. Most countertop installations are best left to the experts, because they require special tools or knowledge for their proper installation. This is especially true for natural stone slab countertops and poured concrete countertops, because of the weight involved. For the do-it-yourselfer, tile countertops can be relatively easy to install, if you have a basic knowledge of tile installation.
Not only do granite countertops make your kitchen look terrific, they have some other uses that can come in pretty handy too. For one thing, they are going to add to the value of your home, which is going to be quite helpful when the time comes that you decide you want to sell and move on. Another great thing about these countertops is that they can be used as cutting boards, and you are not going to be damaging the beautiful surface with your knives while you are cutting and preparing food. You don’t need to worry about burning them with hot pots and pans, and it is fine to go ahead and set them right on the heat resistant countertop. Yet another bonus is that once your countertops are sealed, they are anti-bacterial. The surface will not hold bacteria, so that it cannot grow, and this makes granite countertops a healthy thing to have in your kitchen.
All concrete requires coarse and fine aggregates for proper consistency and strength. In fact, these aggregates are a main composition of concrete. In the application of countertops, the aggregates are of great importance. Obviously, the aggregates must allow the concrete to set up as it should. However, aggregates can have roles in the aesthetics of the concrete countertop, as well. For example, the type of fine aggregates chosen (i.e. sand) can drastically change the color of the finished product. Also, if the countertop is polished, the process can grind into the concrete, exposing aggregates. In this case, aggregate sizes and colors are just as important as any concrete coloring to the final look of the top. Also, if exposing the aggregate, consider using aggregates other than gravel, including broken glass, marble or granite chips, nuts and bolts, etc.
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