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Counter Top Styles

November 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Remodeling ones kitchen is one of the most gainful upgrades one can do. In addition to achieving a brand new look, the value of your home increases. However, to come to a decision particularly which counter top style to install may seem overwhelming. Take heart, it really is a matter of understanding which features are best for you. Below are some points to consider when making your decision on types and styles to purchase.

1) Granite counter tops are beautiful and natural. For several years, they have been one of the most popular choices for counter top both in new home construction and home improvement remodels. The aesthetic nature of this earth made stone is valued by many with astute taste. A number of colors are available as edge options. However, keep in mind that granite is a stone and is porous. The application of sealant must be done prior or upon installation and must be repeated regularly depending on how much it is used. There are specific cleaning instructions to be followed to prevent damage to the sealant. Spills must also be cleaned right away. While beautiful, this type of counter top is not recommended for households prone to frequent spills. Whether you have a luxurious lifestyle or an adult only home this type of counter top is for you.

2) Manmade or composite stone counter tops present a similar yet with better durability. As the surface is the same throughout the depth, burns and stains can be polished or sanded to look good as new. Built in features such as drain slots which drain liquid into the sink can be built in. Trivet slots and other features are also available.  Seamless patterns are the same all through the counter as are many color options to match nearly any decor.

3) Concrete counter tops are not only another high quality substitute to granite, but they are earth friendly as well. A lot are made from recycled materials and can have glass, stone and tile inlaid to produce remarkable designs to equal a wide variety of interior designs. While this surface also is porous like granite, the fact that it /comes from recycled products and highly customizable denotes you’re certain to find the ideal look for your new or remodeled kitchen. Your contractor or interior designer can help you create the best concrete counter top for you.

4) Tile counter tops is another inexpensive product for kitchens as well as bathroom counter tops. From Mediterranean terracotta to glossy ceramic, tile is adaptable, relatively reasonable in price and can either be installed by a professional or by you. Tile can be painted with designs such as floral, made into mosaic patterns or “stamped” to create a textured look. Grout can also be tinted to match many decors. With the versatility of tile, finding a complimentary look for your home should be easy.

5) Laminate which was once very fashionable in the nineteen fifties has come a long way. The least expensive of all the options, laminate is just right for those sticking on a budget. Dozens of colors are available with a few finishes and edge options. Laminate counter tops are great for rental homes, RV’s, garages or workspaces or other areas where functionality is a priority. Laminate cleans easily yet does scorch. If you want low cost function, laminate may be a good alternative for you. 

Regardless of what budget range you are in, finding quality counter tops that suits your lifestyle and home can be simple. With such a wide array of options available to you, you can be sure to create the kitchen or bathroom that you’ve always dreamed of. All it takes is some time and patience and , of course, your imagination.

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