Carolina Lee. Countertop. October 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.
Somewhere in between natural stone and synthetic countertops is engineered stone, or quartz countertops. DuPont’s Zodiaq countertops are a popular quartz countertop choice, and are available in stunning color and pattern variations. Quartz countertops are composed of ground quartz which is blended with coloring, synthetic and other materials to form a unique, natural look not found in solid surface countertops. Quartz countertops are pricey, though. With pricing starting at about $45 per linear foot, it too is actually higher in price than some granite.
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.
Countertop paint can definitely be a do-it-yourself project. If you are not the do-it-yourself type, find a professional paint contractor who has worked with these types of projects previously and can show you some pictures of past projects. If you choose a one-color application, an average sized countertop can be renewed for about $70. There are a variety of colors available in the single color product, and the granite option comes in many colors as well including chocolate, sapphire blue, green, sand and even red granite looks. A variety of patterns and color grade may be achieved with the same set of countertop paint depending upon your application technique.
Steel countertops are becoming quite common in homes nowadays so if you want to take the metal countertop option a step further and into the exotic, then a pewter countertop is a way to go. Pewter countertops have been used in French cafes for centuries and can add a touch of classic elegance to your home. Pewter is soft and durable, simple to maintain and is resistant to chemicals. The softness of the pewter allows decorative patterns to stamped or carved into it. You can have elegant designs stamped on the edges of the countertop or maybe a full elegant design on the surface of the countertop and covered with glass.
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