Peggy Hewitt. Countertop. October 06th , 2017.
When it comes to choosing countertops for your kitchen, there are several choices available. The primary driver that will dictate your final choice is usually your budget. If money is no object, then almost anyone would go for a solid granite kitchen countertop. There is nothing like a good quality solid granite kitchen countertop complementing your kitchen cabinets. Elegance does come with a price though. Solid granite kitchen countertop needs a lot of care as it does absorb stains and can crack under duress (e.g. extreme heat and cold).
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.
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.
A new countertop option that is gaining popularity is recycled glass countertops. For homeowners choosing to ’go green’, recycled glass countertops not only look good, but feels good! Recycled glass is exactly what the name implies. Used glass of all types and colors is broken and ground, and combined with adhesive agents and coloring to form one-of-a-kind colors and patterns. But because there are only a few recycled glass countertop manufacturers; and the product is in high demand - pricing is on the high side.
Granite is such a strong and reliable material to use when designed kitchen countertops. A few common issues are of no concern if you have granite countertops; some of these are chipping of countertops and burning. Granite itself is heatproof, so if you have to place a scorching pot on it, it will warm but not burn.
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