Peggy Hewitt. Countertop. October 11th , 2017.
Concrete countertop fabricators have been trying many unique ways to set their countertops apart. One semi-common technique is inlaying decorative materials into the concrete countertop when the concrete has yet to cure. Inlaid materials can include sea shells, tiles, natural stones, glass, etc. Even more delicate objects like preserved leaves can be inlaid. Although a sealer can add some protection, always consider the long-term durability of the materials you choose to inlay in the countertop. Countertop artists have also been playing with objects to impress into the concrete. If used on a functional countertop, impressions should be shallow to avoid creating an area that collects dirt and grime. Impression materials are abundant and can include rubber stamps, hand or foot prints, leaves and sticks, cookie cutters or cake molds, etc.
Natural stones come in different colors, designs and varieties to satisfy the taste and requirements of the customer. Specifically granite countertops expose the natural beauty and originality of the natural stones in different colors and designs. Granite countertops are the prominent material required all the home owners and builders. Since granite is a durable material, most of the home owners and builders prefer to install granite countertops for their buildings. Granite countertops are highly a resistance material to heat, moisture, scratch, stain and spills. Even any stains or spills occur it can be easily removed using quality cleaning agents. Granite countertops add everlasting beauty to your houses with easy removal of scratches.
Granite and marble countertops has wide applications and it provides more advantages to the customer who uses it. The main reason for the usage of granite countertops and marble countertops is that, they can be used as a countertops, slabs, tiles, and sinks in kitchen and bathrooms. Granite countertops and marble countertops are durable material and resistant to scratch, stains, spills, heat, moisture and so on. This is the unique features which makes the home owners and builders to install granite countertops and marble countertops for their rooms. Installing granite countertops and marble countertops provides the home owner and builder to come up with everlasting beauty.
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.
Marble does have some distinct drawbacks as a countertop material. For starters, marble is a much softer stone than granite, so it has a greater tendency to scratch and mar than granite countertops. Additionally, polished marble is vulnerable to etching when acidic liquids are invariably spilled on it. These spots and marks can destroy the finish of your countertop; you can avoid this issue by choosing a honed finish in place of a polished finish, but most homeowners prefer the appearance of polished marble. Finally, marble is a porous, absorbent stone, meaning it tends to stain. While some homeowners like the patina their marble countertops develop over the years, many do consider it a drawback.
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