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Kitchen Countertops

  Kitchen countertops come in a wide range of material, styles, design and cost. Considering the usage the counter endures, and at the same time the impact it has on the kitchens look, it is important to find the right balance between functionality and appearance. Understanding the strengths and weakness of different countertop materials can help to ensure your kitchen countertop is both practical and aesthetic.  
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Butcher Block Countertops
Chefs and home cooks may want specific kinds of countertops to facilitate food preparation in creating meals and baked goodies. Butcher block countertops are good for chopping up meats and vegetables, and they might suggest that the homeowner is a serious cook. There is no shortage of work space with an entire length of wood countertop.

Laminate Countertops
Laminate countertops are inexpensive and easy to fit into any space. The color choices are nearly endless and go with just about any kitchen color scheme. This synthetic material is also known as Formica, and had a huge revival in the 1970s. It is essential to the retro creation of a 1950s or 1960s kitchen. A Formica countertop is nothing if not fun, but it is made with subtle and neutral colors as well. A drawback is that nicks cannot be repaired. The cook must stay on the chopping board.

Corian Countertops
Corian counters come in a variety of colors and fit into any kitchen. One benefit of this material is that a Corian countertop moves seamlessly into a sink and continues on in a smooth, single piece. It looks like satin and can be the whitest of white surfaces. It can also be used in the bathroom for homeowners who want a seamless, consistent decor throughout the house.

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel countertops may as well announce that the homeowner is a professional chef, or close to it. Well, not necessarily, but it reflects a love of basic, durable material. It is heat resistant, so go ahead and set the hot pan down. It is not for chopping; use a wooden board. Stainless steel is easy to clean and used in most commercial kitchens. Pets and kids are no match for these countertops, and stainless sinks go well with the counters.

Stone Countertops
Natural stone is beautiful and, well, natural. There are myriad colors of granite, and countertops can be paired with granite floors to create a luxurious kitchen space. Granite comes for various places around the world, making it very expensive. It must be measured and fitted very carefully, as well, so installation adds to the cost. Granite also needs maintenance at least once a year to maintain its beauty. It will stain if not sealed, and it will crack under certain circumstances.

That said, a smooth, shiny, granite kitchen countertop is quite the coup in any kitchen. Granite comes from Argentina, Brazil and Italy, and colors vary quite a bit between locations. It is best to go and look at the many samples closely to decide on the right choice for a particular kitchen. It’s also fun, so clear a slot in the schedule and enjoy. Discussing the countries of origin of different granite counters is a subject of conversation if a lull occurs.

Quartz Counter Tops
Quartz is also a natural material, and it does not need annual maintenance like granite. It is naturally anti-microbial and inhibits bacteria growth. Quartz even comes in bright red. The mix of colors in gray, brown and black is stunning, and the deep black quartz is dramatic in any decor. Those who like gem-like surfaces may love quartz counter tops.

Engineered quartz has several names like Caesarstone, Silestone and Technistone, and is also lasting and tough. It is not inexpensive, but really eye-catching. There are colors of pink, orange, blue, yellow, white, beige, gray, green, black and brown in these types of engineered quartz counters.

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